NUGGETS


The First Garage Rock Compilation

In 1972, the double-album Nuggets was released. It was produced by Lenny Kaye, the guitar player for the Patti Smith Group, who did a great version of G-L-O-R-I-A in the 70s. Sire, the label of The Ramones as well as Madonna, re-released the album in 1976. Here is the back cover of the Nuggets 1976 version:

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Comments on some songs on Nuggets

I Had Too Much To Dream - An essential for any Garage Rock collection. The fuzz guitar and reverb sets the stage for this psychedelic pop classic. The Electric Prunes also did "Get Me To The World On Time" and added a track to the "Easy Rider" soundtrack, which is playing during the LSD scene.

Dirty Water - Garage Rock pop. The Standells had much better songs than this. Check out "Mr. Nobody", for instance.

Lies - Garage Rock pop. Many people mistake this for a Beatles song. Their other song was "One Track Mind".

A Public Execution - A clone of Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone". Much better is their "Maid of Sugar, Maid of Spice".

Oh Yeah - The Shadows of Knight hit with Them's "Gloria", later also covered by the Doors and the Patti Smith Group, among many others.

Pushin' Too Hard - Take a fuzz guitar and add island influences to get this classic by Sky Saxon and the boys.

Don't Look Back - A better song by the Remains is "Once Before". Hear it on our MP3 page!

Liar, Liar - Garage Rock pop, an essential for any 60s lover! This hit number 12 nationally in 1965. Gotta love that organ!

You're Gonna Miss Me - An absolute essential for any Garage Rock collection. This song defines the genre. This Texas band headed by Rocky Ericson had 3 great albums. This one is from "The Psychedelic Sounds of the Thirteenth Floor Elevators", the first album to use the word "Psychedelic"

Hey Joe - A hip version of the Hendrix classic. More up-tempo and with the bass line exaggerated, it rocks! This was also covered by Love and Frank Zappa and his Mothers, among others.

Baby Please Don't Go - Ted Nugent and his friends are The Amboy Dukes. Go and get the Album "Journey to the Center of the Mind". The entire second side, tracks 6 through 13 on the CD, is one long multi-song journey. Get out the headphones and enjoy!

Tobacco Road - The Blues Magoos were an amazing band from NYC. Go and get the album "Kaleidescopic Compendium" to see their genius. Their hit was "We Ain't Got Nothing Yet". In the mid 70s, it was rumored that if you played it backwards, you'd hear "Strutter" by Kiss, who some thought were the Magoos in makeup.

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