24/12/2020: “Santa Doesn’t Cop Out On Dope” by Sonic Youth

When Geffen Records released Just Say Noel in 1996, they probably didn’t have the Christmas number one in mind. Not with a track like this on, at any rate!

Based on a more palatable but still cynical song by Martin Mull from 1972, Sonic Youth take us on a tense, messy 3 minute Christmas romp. It’s like if Santa’s Grotto was on fire and full of used needles.

I’m not actually sure if this is a pro- or anti- drugs message, to be honest.

Many people will find the track below to be disgusting noise – but if you’re sick of hearing “Last Christmas”, it might be the poisonous antidote you need!

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