Shoes: “This Christmas” (1991)

When I first started Chicago Garage last year, I used do a post called Classic Garage Thursdays where I’d feature a classic 60s song from an Illinois band each week. Nowadays I usually stick to current Chicago bands, but because Shoes are from Illinois, I figured I’d reprise the idea of featuring a classic as an excuse to share this gem.

When I heard this song over the Best Buy speakers this weekend, it launched an all day online search. I couldn’t get this song out of my head, and all I had was one lyric to go by, “I hope you find yourself someone this Christmas.” It has all the qualities of the best Wall of Sound Christmas songs by groups like the Ronettes and the Crystals mixed with 70s power pop cheese, the Jesus and Mary Chain, and  some Beach Boys-style backing “Ahs.”

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