Category Archives: GarageRock

The Damned – Neat Neat Neat (1977)

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While Peter Perrett and The Only Ones were flirting with punk rock in 1976/77, The Damned were the real deal. Formed in 1976 by Dave Vanian, guitarist Brian James, bassist Captain Sensible and the irrepressible Rat Scabies on drums, they were the first UK punk band to release a single (‘New Rose’, 1976). ‘Neat Neat Neat’ was the second single off the album Damned Damned Damned.

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Fontaines D.C. – Sha Sha Sha (2019)

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The NME have called ‘Sha Sha Sha’ the bastard son of ‘A Town Called Malice’. The sentiment might be similar, but the sound is different. Fontaines D.C.’s frontman Grian Chatten sneers and quips like a young Iggy Pop. The song features on the Dublin band’s debut album Dogrel.

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Jay Reatard – Waiting For Something (2006)

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Picking up the pace again this week, I give you Jimmy Lee Lindsey, Jr… aka Jay Reatard. The singer and self-taught percussionist/keyboardist/ guitarist lived and died, fast and young. This is something you’ll hear in his music. ‘Waiting For Something’ features on his 2006 album Blood Visions. While born in Missouri, he moved with his family to Memphis as a kid. Memphis was where he would rest in peace after untimely death from drugs and alcohol at just 29 years young.

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King Tuff – Sun Medallion (2007)

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Vermont’s King Tuff is stoner-rock frontman Kyle Thomas. Thomas told the Rolling Stone that the college-coridoor favourite ‘Sun Medallion’ is a song that came out of a dream about a little charm he picked up years ago while working at a hospice. It had power only matched by his lo-fi garage sound. If you like what you hear, the single featured on his 2008 debut Was Dead. 

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Broncho – Try Me Out Sometime (2010)

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You got to try Broncho out sometime. This indie band hail from Norman, Oklahoma. In the same year that they formed, they released their debut Can’t Get Past The Lips on CQ Records and the Guestroom label. A hedonistic slice of garage rock, the third track on the album is a fast start to the week. Have a good one.

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Ron Gallo – Prison Décor (2018)

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Nashville-based Ron Gallo released Stardust Birthday Party last year. The album is an experiment in garage rock, referencing what I so loved about early Cage The Elephant.  Punky, erratic and brave, ‘Prison Décor’ is the perfect example.

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King Tuff – Psycho Star (2018)

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Good morning folks. After touring in Ty Segall’s backing band ‘The Muggers’ for a year, Kyle Thomas was encouraged to revisit his garage rock sound and change things up. His latest album offering, The Other, is still released under his King Tuff alias, but the songs have progressed. ‘Psycho Star’ features the lyrics: “We were always dreaming/Of castles in the sky/Dreaming of another planet/How could we be so blind?” Thomas has come to terms with his music.

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9 of the best – sounds of noughties

It would seem that 2004 was peak noughties (to these ears…):

The Avalanches – Since I Left You (2000)

 The Strokes – Modern Age (2001)

The Flaming Lips – Do You Realize? (2002)

Broken Social Scene – Stars And Sons (2003)

The Walkmen – The Rat (2004)

Sébastien Tellier – La Ritournelle (2004)

Sigur Rós – Hoppípolla (2005)

 Midlake – Bandits (2006)

Beirut – Nantes (2007)

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Honourable mentions also go to: Lambchop for ‘Up With The People’ (2000); Outkast for ‘Ms. Jackson’ (2000); Ian Brown for ‘F. E. A. R.’ (2001); The Shins for ‘New Slang‘ (2002); Kings Of Leon for ‘Red Morning Light‘ (2003); Radiohead for ‘A Wolf At The Door’ (2003); Mew for ‘Comforting Sounds’ (2003); Kasabian for ‘Club Foot’ (2004); Danger Mouse for his remix of ‘Public Service Announcement’ (2004); The Good, the Bad and the Queen for ‘Herculean’ (2006); The Hold Steady for ‘The Chillout Tent‘ (2006); The Strokes for ‘You Only Live Once’ (2006); and Jay Electronica for ‘Exhibit C’ (2009).

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The Hives – Walk Idiot Walk (2004)

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Now for some garage-rock from Fagersta, Sweden. The Hives 2004 release Tyrannosaurus Hives, was their tricky third album. But no confidence had dissipated with the unstoppable single ‘Walk Idiot Walk’ leading the charge. Ever since they hit the UK scene with their immense call to arms ‘Hate To Say I Told You So’ in 2000, The Hives helped write the book on how to deliver rock ‘n’ roll in the noughties. If you like your sounds fast, loud and thrilling…

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Sex Pistols – Anarchy In The UK (1976)

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Today it feels like Brexit is more real than yesterday. Malcolm McLaren had put the Sex Pistols together to cause controversy. So what best to do next? Well how about naming your lead singer Johnny Rotten and get him to sing about being an “anarchist” and the “Antichrist”. That should just about do it in 1976. ‘Anarchy In The UK’ was the Sex Pistols’ first single and caused a stir alright. The song would feature on their phenomenally successful and only studio album Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols a year later. In 1976, the band still featured Glen Matlock on bass, rather than Sid Vicious.
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The Strokes – The Modern Age (2001)

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To say this song is all intro would be doing a would be doing a disservice to Julian Casablancas’ passionate vocals. “Leaving just in time/Staying for a while/Rolling in the ocean/Trying to catch her eye/Work hard and say it’s easy/Do it just to please me/Tomorrow will be different/So this is why I’m leaving”. But I love that intro, and those kickdrums, and that guitar, and… This was 2001; ‘The Modern Age’ is the second track on The Strokes’ classic Is This It.

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The White Stripes – Fell In Love With A Girl (2002)

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It’s a Monday folks. At 1m 50s, the immediacy of the classic ‘Fell In Love With A Girl’ seems most fitting on a Monday. If The Strokes rocked the casbah in 2001; 2002 was the year of Jack and Meg White. Released as the second single off the 2001 album White Blood Cells, the recipe was so in your face: Meg’s simple beat versus Jack’s white-hot guitar and tales of uncontrollable lust. Have a great week.

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The Clash – Janie Jones (1977)

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This year marks the 40th anniversary of a number of mould-breaking punk albums. ‘Janie Jones’ opens one of the biggest, The Clash’s eponymous debut released in April 1977. Unadulterated, charged and revolutionary. “You lucky lady!” Have a great week.

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9 of the best – sounds of 2002

Before we get to the nitty gritty of choosing some favourite sounds of the year, a quick canter back to 2002, with songs in no particular order:

The Knife – Heartbeats

The Flaming Lips – Do You Realize?

Supergrass – Prophet 15

Layo & Bushwacka – Lovestory

Sigur Rós – Vaka (Untitled)

The Notwist – One With The Freaks

Boards Of Canada – Alpha And Omega

Interpol – Obstacle 1

Wilco – Ashes of American Flags

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Honourable mentions also go to: John Murphy for ‘In The House, In A Heartbeat‘; Múm for ‘Green Grass Of Tunnel‘; The Promise Ring for ‘Become One Anything One Time‘; People Under The Stairs for ‘Acid Raindrops‘; The White Stripes for ‘Fell In Love With A Girl‘; The Libertines for ‘Up The Bracket‘;and Red Hot Chili Peppers for ‘Universally Speaking‘.

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