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Watch Robert Fripp and Toyah Willcox get festive with ‘Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer’ cover

The couple got Christmassy in a "singalong" edition of their 'Sunday Lunch' series

By Tom Skinner

screenshot of Toyah Willcox and Robert Fripp on their 'Sunday Lunch' covers series
Toyah Willcox and Robert Fripp on 'Sunday Lunch'. (Photo: Toyah official YouTube).

King Crimson’s Robert Fripp and his wife, Toyah Willcox, have shared a cover of ‘Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer’ – tune in below.

The couple ushered in the festive period last week (November 21) by posting a rendition of ‘Silent Night’ as part of their ongoing ‘Sunday Lunch’ performance series. Yesterday’s edition (November 28) saw Fripp and Willcox take on another Christmas classic.

The “singalong” version of the song sees Fripp once again donning black eye makeup – this time with the word “HUMBUG’ scrawled across his forehead. Willcox, meanwhile, sports a green Santa outfit as she begins singing the cover.

A message hangs in the kitchen behind the pair, reading: “Frippmas Christmas Bitch!” The lyrics to ‘Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer’ also appear at the bottom of the screen karaoke-style.

“Christmas is almost upon us, and the Frippcox household are ready to teach the nation another festive fave, perhaps somebody should teach it to them first!!” a description beneath the video reads.

“Totally and utterly NUTS, (I love it),” wrote one viewer in the comments section. Another fan said: “Absolutely marvellous, what a joy for a Sunday.”

Watch here:

Previous editions of ‘Sunday Lunch’ have seen Fripp and Willcox offer up unique interpretations of classic tracks by the likes of Metallica, David Bowie and Nirvana. Earlier this month, they posted a cover of ‘The Passenger’ by Iggy Pop.

Speaking to The Guardian earlier this year, Toyah Willcox explained that she started the ‘Sunday Lunch’ series as a means to help her husband Fripp through the coronavirus-enforced lockdown period.

“Here I am in this house with this 74-year-old husband who I really don’t want to live without,” she said. “He was withdrawing, so I thought: ‘I’m going to teach him to dance.’ And it became a challenge.” 

She added: “I’m doing this to him all the time to make him laugh, because he needs to laugh. If people saw what we got up to, they’d wonder if we were nine years old.”

Recalling a time she hid from Fripp in the shower, Willcox added: “And he turns the light on and I’m in the corner like a demented child and it just freaks him out. We have had moments where he says: ‘Can this just stop?’”

Meanwhile, Willcox is currently appearing in Cabaret All Stars in London until late next month (December 29). You can find tickets here.

An official description reads: “With performances embodying the spirit of the swinging sixties & sexy seventies, we give you an experience of a lifetime. Enjoy world-class jazz musicians and on-stage bands, award-winning acrobats, fire breathers and burlesque beauties.

“Be prepared to be amazed. This is an unforgettable night out.”