Through all these years, Butler has remained very much a working musician. And his work with the Waitresses is the gift that keeps on giving. He receives royalties for air play of Christmas Wrapping and for sales of the band’s greatest-hits album. In 1998, the Spice Girls covered the song.
“I winced,” he says, when he found out they wanted to do it. “At the time, I was working in experimental music with Television’s Richard Lloyd, and the most commercial band of the day covers this 290-year-old song? Talk about a mind (expletive). Is it any good? Probably not. But who cares? They did it, I’m grateful, and it’s going to buy my kid the greatest associate’s degree money can buy.”” —How an obscure 80s punk band created a Christmas classic