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Tag Archives: Garage Punk

Chrome – TV As Eyes

Like The Stooges on steroids (is that an homage in the song title?), with the band all racing, metallic Garage punk, before the whole thing breaks down into a lysergic, Sci-Fi dystopian nightmare. From the bands super lauded 1979 album ‘Half machine Lip Moves’.


The Velvet Underground – The Gift

The second track off of the Velvets masterpiece, 1968’s ‘White Light/White Heat’, has John Cale telling the story of hopeless nice guy Waldo Jeffers in the left speaker, whilst chunky, tough Garage Rock/Punk steamrollers out of the right speaker.

Warmduscher – Big Wilma

Duscher Rock from the Brixton crew; off of the single released in January.

Monks – I Can’t Get Over You

This track from Monks can be found as an extra on the CD release of their seminal 1966 album ‘Black Monk Time’. It’s has a slightly different feel to the majority of tracks on said album, with a far more comedic tone. This was The Mothers of Invention before The Mothers of Invention; or something. Funny.

The Dead Boys – Sonic Reducer

From the ashes of Cleveland’s Rocket From The Tombs came two bands; one was the famous Avant-Rock/New Wave act Pere Ubu, the other was US Punk act The Dead Boys. These guys took the Amped up Garage Rock of bands such as The Stooges and ran with it. Originally using the moniker ‘Frankenstein’, The Dead Boys quickly garnered a reputation as a riotous live act. ‘Sonic Reducer’* is certainly a true Punk Anthem, and was from 1977.

*originally played and recorded by Rocket From The Tombs.

Pere Ubu – Street Waves

Garage Punk as part of the New Wave from the Cleveland Titans; the section where it all kicks in again at the 2 and a half minutes mark is one of music history’s sweet spots. This is from the bands debut album, 1978’s ‘The Modern Dance’

The Gories – Ghost Rider

Detroit Garage Punk band The Gories give us a cover of Suicide’s classic track ‘Ghost Rider’. This can be found on the band’s 1994 compilation “I Know You Be Houserockin'”

The Bonniwell Music Machine – Bottom Of The Soul

From the act previously known as just simply the Music Machine, the band give us some great melodic Garage from 1967. Groovy.

Monks – I Hate You

The mid 60’s saw the arrival of 5 American GI’s who had decided to become a band. They were a band who had Monk tonsures, and wore cassocks with nooses worn as neckties. They also sounded unlike anyone else.
Walther Niemann and Karl H. Remy were the ‘designers’ behind the band, who saw them as the anti-Beatles.
Doo-Wop, Merseybeat, and Rock ‘n’ Roll were just some of the elements that made up the proto-Punk Garage sound of Monks.
Unfortunately, ‘Black Monk Time’ was their only album; and it will forever be a shame that we didn’t get to hear where this act could have ended up.
Anyway, here is one from the 1965 album, and it’s a belter full of loving spite.

As a sidenote, it’s worth a mention that this track features in the Big Lebowski soundtrack; it’s playing in the background at the bowling alley when Walter pulls out his gun.

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