Garage rock is a music genre that is a raw and energetic style of rock and roll which flourished in the mid-1960s, and it emphasizes passion and energy over pure technical ability. The term stems from the perception that many performers were young amateurs who rehearsed in the family garage, picked up an instrument, cranked up the volume and made their own music, mostly playing the same three chords, and bashing their guitars. Garage music is a unique sound that is characterized by piano riffs that were sometimes distorted through a fuzzbox, as well as incorporating aggressive lyrics with growling vocals. It’s the simple three-chord rock structure of bar chords and power chords that makes this music unique. During the 1960s, it was not recognized as a separate music genre and had no specific name. In the 1970s, some critics referred to the style as punk rock, the first form of music to bear this description; although it is sometimes called garage punk, post-punk, protopunk, 60s punk, psychedelia, or power pop, the style has predominantly been referred to as garage rock. The style had been evolving from regional scenes as early as 1958. The Pacific Northwest band called the Wailers are sometimes considered to be the first band with this sound and their 1959 instrumental ‘Tall Cool One’ is a good example of this. Hundreds of garage bands popped up around America and a handful of them had hits, but most were destined for obscurity. In the ‘80s, there was a garage rock revival that saw a number of bands earnestly trying to replicate the sound, style and look of the ‘60s garage bands.
Last week we had Do You Feel Lucky, Punk? where the theme was to find punk songs. This week the theme is to find Garage Rock songs. Take some time to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this music challenge, and even better, read as many of them as you can as you will probably find many enjoyable songs and it is quite possibly that you will learn a thing or two. Share your music with others and post a video, try do some research and let everyone know something about the song that you post. Tell everyone why you like the song, whether it was a hit, or what you think the song is about. Show the lyrics, let’s all listen to our favorite songs and explore some new music. Try to find a song that fits the theme, then write your post and create a pingback, or you can just place your link in the comments section.
• Try to use the prompt words or at least conform to a general theme, as you see it. If the song you select does not meet the criteria, then please explain why you chose this song.
• It would be good if you could post the lyrics to the song of your choice, as this is helpful for the people that want to follow along with the music.
• Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due. It would also be a good idea to give credit to the singer and the band associated with your song.
• Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be, but please try not to include too many videos as that just makes it take longer to look at all of the other posts.
• Link to the YouTube video, or you can pull it into your post, so others can listen to the song.
• Ping back to this post or place your link in the comments section below.
• Read at least one other person’s blog, so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process.
• Feel free to suggest future prompts.
• Have fun and enjoy the music.
This week I will be writing about The Sonics song ‘Have Love, Will Travel’, and next week, I will be writing about the song ‘Tell Me When It’s Over’ by The Dream Syndicate. The upcoming prompts will be:
January 8, 2023 – Paisley Underground
January 15, 2023 – Metal Music
January 22, 2023 – Country Music
January 29, 2023 – New Wave Music