The Sonics – “Strychnine” (1965)

August 29, 2008 at 4:36 pm (Garage Rock)

This legendary Northwestern band of lunatics from Tacoma, WA, put out this great bit of mayhem in 1965, which must have made it seem even more insane, considering the time. Lead singer Greg Roslie was like a demented white version of Little Richard and the band matched him in sheer, unbridled power. They were an influence on many bands to come. They are simply one of the great garage rock bands of all time! 

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The Haunted – “1-2-5” (1967)

August 29, 2008 at 4:29 pm (Garage Rock)

A Canadian band from Montreal, this song was later covered by 80s garage revivalists The Fuzztones to spectacular effect.  

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Positively 13 O’Clock – “Psychotic Reaction” (1967)

August 27, 2008 at 2:52 am (Garage Rock)

Remake of this classic song by The Count Five – this is actually a Texas band called Mouse & the Traps (who released many singles) under a different name. A bit more frantic than the original.

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The Brogues – “I Ain’t No Miracle Worker” (1965)

August 27, 2008 at 2:32 am (Garage Rock)

Garage punk classic from this short-lived group. Later covered by The Chocolate Watchband and in the 80s by The Chesterfield Kings and The Barracudas, as well as being included on the now-famous 1972 compilation Nuggets, this song has become a garage rock classic.

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The Golliwogs – “Fight Fire” (1966)

August 26, 2008 at 2:29 pm (Garage Rock)

A garage rock classic by the band that later became Creedence Clearwater Revival – yes, that’s John Fogerty singing. This was later memorably covered by 60s-revival merchants The Chesterfield Kings in the mid-80s.  

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The Squires – “Going All the Way” (1966)

August 4, 2008 at 6:24 pm (Garage Rock)

Great, underrated garage rock from Bristol, CT’s Squires. This was their first single & was a local hit.  
I own a great compilation by them on vinyl that came out in 1986 called Going All the Way With the Squires on Crypt Records. If you can locate it, I highly recommend it to any garage rock collector.

(Note: This is not a video – just audio)

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