The Hives and Cyndi Lauper Team Up for Xmas Song

The Hives and Cyndi Lauper Team Up for Xmas Song
In efforts to show Christmas isn’t just all about togetherness, good times and that "peace on Earth” crap, the Hives have paired up with ’80s popster Cyndi Lauper to record "A Christmas Duel,” a scrapping new Yuletide number that will be available as a free download November 28 to 30.

In cryptic message from the Hives, the Swedes kind of explain the joint single: "It may sound weird and come as a surprise to some, but we had to. It came to us. It landed in our lap and was way too good to shake or toss. We knew we had to record it. A sign if you will."

In an even more cryptic message from Lauper, she adds: "This goes to show even rat sideswipers can have a good Xmas too." (We Googled "rat sideswiper” — our usual lazy method of fact checking — and came up empty, so your guess as to what Lauper means by this is as good as ours.)

After being offered as a free download later this month, the Hives/Lauper Christmas single will hit the retail shops in the UK on December 1.

Cindy Lauper "Goonies 'R' Good Enough”