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12/18/2012 03:42 pm ET

The xx & 'Last Christmas': Band Covers Wham!'s Holiday Tune

The xx is wishing fans a Merry xx-mas. The British band released a cover of Wham!'s holiday hit, "Last Christmas." Originally released in 1984, "Last Christmas" was covered by The xx on BBC Radio 1 this week -- take a listen below.

While both Wham!'s original recording (shown in the video above), and the xx's new cover are decidedly despondent, The xx takes the sadness a step further, trading Wham!'s poppy punch for heart-wrenching breathy vocals.

Formed in 2008, the xx released their sophomore album, "Coexist," this year. The band kicks off a U.S. tour in January.

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