What is Garage Rock?
In the early to mid 1970s, Garage Rock was rediscovered and re-released on many compilation albums starting with the Nuggets series. College radio stations began playing this music around this time. New groups began to record covers of Garage songs. Today, there are still many original Garage bands playing as well as new groups that play covers as well as their own Garage influenced material. Garage Rock is related to three other genres of rock -- oldies, punk and psychedelic. Generally up-tempo and not usually complex, the music exudes youthful confidence and rebellion. As an example of some better known Garage songs, I'd offer the following:
Louie Louie - The Kingsmen
96 Tears - ? and the Mysterians
Liar, Liar - The Castaways
Dirty Water - The Standells
Psychotic Reaction - Count Five
Journey to the Center of your Mind - Amboy Dukes
You're Gonna Miss Me - The Thirteenth Floor Elevators
Pushin' Too Hard - The Seeds (thanks, Ron! *wink*)
If you have never heard of any of these, and you wonder if you would like Garage Rock, here are some better known groups that influenced Garage bands:
The Rolling Stones
The Beach Boys
The Velvet Underground
If you want to hear some Garage Rock, follow the link to the MP3 page and check it out for yourself!
If you want to read more about Garage Rock, read the Wikipedia article on Garage Rock which links to this website!
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