Saturday, December 20, 2008

Garage Rock 101: Proto-Punk Pioneers

Every now and then on Rock Revival we have a look at a specific genre in the history of rock. Todays focus, garage rock from the mid-1960's is one of the most unrecognised but important. Garage rock was raw rock and roll, popular in the US and Canada, heavily influenced by The British Invasion (ie: The Who, The Kinks, The Animals)

The rough and ready party anthems were a precursor to US punk and were revived in the early 70's when The Ramones, New York Dolls and Stooges burst on to the scene.

There were literaly thousands of bands in the US, very few of which became commercial successes.

Songs that did make it, however, include, "Louie Louie" by The Kingsmen (1963-64), "Psychotic Reaction" by The Count Five (1966), "Pushin' Too Hard" by The Seeds (1966), "Gloria" by the Shadows of Knight (1966), "96 Tears" by Question Mark and the Mysterians (1966), "Talk Talk" by The Music Machine (1966), "Dirty Water" by The Standells (1966), "Double Shot (of My Baby's Love)" by The Swingin' Medallions (1966), "Respect" by The Rationals (1966), and "Little Bit O'Soul" by The Music Explosion (1967).

Garage rock has continued to rear its head over the years; The Romantics in the late 80's, The Fuzztones in the 80's, The Vines in more recent times.

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