Garage rock

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Garage rock (sometimes called 60s punk or garage punk) is a raw and energetic style of rock and roll that flourished in the mid-1960s, most notably in the United States and Canada, and has experienced various revivals in the last several decades. The style is characterized by basic chord structures played on electric guitars and other instruments, sometimes distorted through a fuzzbox, as well as often unsophisticated and occasionally aggressive lyrics and delivery. The term ‘garage rock’ derives from the perception that groups were often made up of young amateurs who rehearsed in the family garage, although many were professional. In the US and Canada, surf rock—and later the Beatles and other beat groups of the British Invasion—motivated thousands of young people to form bands between 1963 and 1968. Hundreds of acts produced regional hits, and some had national hits, usually played on AM radio stations. With the advent of psychedelia, a number of garage bands incorporated exotic elements into the genre’s primitive stylistic framework, but after 1968, as more sophisticated forms of rock music came to dominate the marketplace, garage rock records largely disappeared from national and regional charts, and the movement faded. Though generally associated with North America, other countries in the 1960s developed similar grass-roots rock movements that have sometimes been characterized as variants of garage rock. … Garage bands performed in a variety of venues. Local and regional groups typically played at parties, school dances, and teen clubs. For acts of legal age (and in some cases younger), bars, nightclubs, and college fraternity socials also provided regular engagements. … Groups often competed in ‘battles of the bands‘, which gave musicians an opportunity to gain exposure and a chance to win a prize, such as free equipment or recording time in a local studio. … Performances often sounded amateurish, naïve, or intentionally raw, with typical themes revolving around the traumas of high school life and songs about ‘lying girls’ being particularly common.[2] The lyrics and delivery were frequently more aggressive than the more polished acts of the time, often with nasal, growled, or shouted vocals, sometimes punctuated by shrieks or screams at climactic moments of release. Instrumentation was characterized by basic chord structures played on electric guitars or keyboards often distorted through a fuzzbox, teamed with bass and drums. …”
W – List of garage rock bands
YouTube: The Music Machine – Talk Talk, The Outsiders – Time Won´t Let Me, Paul Revere and The Raiders – Kicks, The Music Machine – Talk Talk, THE COUNT FIVE – PSYCHOTIC REACTION, The Trashmen – Surfin Bird, The Seeds – Pushin’ Too Hard, The Leaves- Hey Joe, Love – My Little Red Book, the 13th Floor Elevators – You’re Gonna Miss Me, THE ELECTRIC PRUNES ‘TOO MUCH TO DREAM LAST NIGHT’ & ‘GET ME TO THE WORLD ON TIME’, The Beau Brummels – Laugh Laugh, Swinging Medallions – Double Shot, The Gentrys – Keep On Dancing, Lies – The Knickerbockers, Blues Magoos – We Ain t Got Nothin Yet, Question Mark & The Mysterians – 96 Tears, The Standells – Dirty Water, Louie Louie by the Kingsmen on Hollywood A Go Go, Louie, Louie (obscene lyrics), Sonics – The Witch, The Easybeats – Friday On My Mind, Bobby Fuller Four – I Fought The Law, The Five Americans – Western Union, Sir Douglas Quintet – She’s About A Mover, Syndicate of Sound – Little Girl, The Music Explosion ~ Little Bit O’Soul, The Chocolate Watch Band – Don’t Need Your Lovin’, The Barbarians- Hey Little Bird (TAMI Show), The Squires – Going all the way, The Rivieras – California Sun

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