"A Christmas Duel" is a special Christmas duet recorded by the Swedish rock band The Hives and Americansinger-songwriterCyndi Lauper. It was available as a single on November 19, 2008. It debuted at #6 on the Swedish Singles Charts published on December 28, and has since reached a peak at #4. It was released as a vinyl one-sided 7", a CD 5" single, and as download - all in Sweden only.
The song juxtaposes sweet music with nasty lyrics. As for how the collaboration took place,
"We came up with the song and we figured it was a duet, and we'd always hoped to do a duet with Cyndi Lauper."
"A Christmas Duel" also appears on NO HO HO: Alternative Christmas Holiday Anthems released on November 10, 2009.