Picture them in their bell bottomed pants and desert boots … their mop-topped hair surrounding their baby faces. Usually four of them, sporting matching jackets and ties, and bobbing up and down to their simple beats, simple bass lines, simple chord progressions and mostly simple lyrics. The second wave saw them sporting their paisley Nehru jackets, their ruffled shirts and their little square granny glasses, but their music shared the same raw simplicity. Ah … The Garage Bands.
You wanted to rebel against your parents? Then join a garage band. My older brother did. Shadows on the Wall they were known as, unfortunately the shadows faded quickly as they were lacking in some form of .. well .. talent. Raw simple chords fed through a fuzzbox, garage rock is now considered the forerunner of punk music.
Bob introduced a few of the more popular garage rock bands of the 60s, including the Beau Brummels and the Hombres. Other tunes of note of the era include Louie Louie (the Kingsmen), Wooly Bully (Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs). I have listed for you some of my favourite garage rock tunes for your listening pleasure.
Though this song was not made famous by the Sonics, their cover is well worth a listen.
Though the garage band is still a part of growing up, the days of the early garage rock bands are gone. Their influence on the many bands that followed, however, cannot be denied. So sit back, turn it up .. and enjoy.
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