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When Santa Claus made it to the Pacific Northwest

In 1960, a raging sound was coming out of Tacoma, Washington. That sound was heavy with sax, vocals that can slice right through the ear drums and heavy rat-a-tat-tat’s on the drum a’la Dave Clark.

The Sonics had a great listing of songs that included “The Witch” and “Psycho,” and won over the hearts of Bruce Springsteen and Nirvana as a source of musical inspiration.

In 1965, Etiquette Records released an album with holiday tracks from fellow Northwest colleagues The Galaxies and The Wailers along with The Sonics. Ten songs make up the album with classic covers and toe-tapping originals, including The Sonics’ “Santa Claus.”

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