Hey all! I need some assistance. I have a reasonably good grasp of contemporary garage rock/punk, but my knowledge of original 60's garage is kinda spotty. What are the "must hear/must know" tunes or bands from that era? I'm a little familiar with The Sonics, ? and the Mysterians, The Seeds, Count Five, and a few of the hits (e.g., "Surfin' Bird"), but beyond that I don't know much.
Also, is the Nuggets boxed set a good place for a beginner to start?
Oh,didn´t know that they reissued "ACID DREAMS"-must try to get it!
Thanx for the info!!!!
Dead Boy said:
YES ! When I saw the heading on your column , the first thing I thought was , you should start with the Nuggets box sets , and go from there. You'll have a basic knowledge of some of the best stuff , and if there's something you REALLY like , you can pursue it further. Other comps , Like Rubbles , The Pebbles series , AND , WELL , THERE'S SO MANY OTHERS , IT'S SICK. i'M NOnot saying you should buy these $22 comps , sight unseen , but there's so muchgood stuff out there , that's affordable , if you're patient , and enjoy yourself along the way. Good Luck , John.
......And definitely get the "Back From The Grave" and "Teenage Shutdown" records , as suggested elsewhere....Tim Warren at Crypt was determined to put out better - sounding versions of songs the late Greg Shaw had released , earlier (At least , that's the word on the street. Shaw's involvement with the Pebbles series has come into question , recently.) , and , he did succeed. Still , we owe it all to Shaw , and Lenny Kaye before him , for drumming up interest in a previously ignored genre. They HAD to call it Punk Rock or Garage Rock , because , in the 70's , this stuff did'nt have a name .
I've discovered that there's an enormous number of garage comps out there, but that's all the more for me to explore. I'm a little wary of dropping big bucks some of the rarer releases (although the aforementioned Pebbles re-release is surprisingly affordable), if only because there's so much else available. I did manage to find a used copy of Back from the Grave vol. 4 (already have vol. 1), and it's excellent as promised!
I also picked up several Norton LP's recently. Norton rules and their prices are great -- $10 for most of their LP releases.
Friday at the Hideout: Boss Detroit Garage 64-67
Aliens, Psychos and Wild Things: Rare & Unissued Virginia Garage 64-67
Both of these are outstanding. I also got all five volumes of Norton's "Unissued Sixties Garage Acetates" series. The quality of the tunes on these can be hit-and-miss, but there's still some amazing gems.
All vinyl so far...I plan to look into CD releases soon -- possibly the Nuggets set, Acid Dreams, or the stuff available at Arf Arf or Sundazed, as suggested.