Category Archives: GarageRock

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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)



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


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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MC5 – Kick Out The Jams (1969)

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Before The Stooges released their self-titled long player and the classic proto punk single ‘I Wanna Be Your Dog’, MC5 had been kicking out the jams for almost year. These gents were right on the edge; they lived fast and often died young. Listening to their signature sound is a great way to clear the mind before a busy few days. ‘Kick Out The Jams’ is off their 1969 album of the same name. Have a great week.

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9 of the best – sounds of 2004

It’s a bank holiday weekend in Blighty. Let’s play some music. I write herewith my favourite songs of 2004 and in no particular order:

Kings Of Leon – The Bucket

The Thrills – Whatever Happened To Corey Haim?

Kasabian – Club Foot

Danger Mouse & Jay-Z – Public Service Announcement

The Walkmen – The Rat

Modest Mouse – Float On

Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out

Wilco – Muzzle of Bees

Sébastien Tellier – La Ritournelle


Honourable mentions also go to: Beastie Boys for ‘Ch-Check It Out‘; MF Doom for ‘Accordion‘; Outkast for ‘Roses‘; Adem for ‘Everything You Need‘; Will Johnson for ‘Just To Know What You’ve Been Dreaming‘; The Killers for ‘Glamorous Indie Rock & Roll‘; David Byrne for ‘Glass, Concrete & Stone‘; and Jens Lekman for ‘Psychogirl‘.

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Heartless Bastards – Only For You (2012)

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Heartless Bastards

Like their Ohio kin The Black Keys, Heartless Bastards’s lilt is a type of garage rock heavily rooted in blues. Unlike The Black Keys, they also have the vocals of Erika Wennerstrom. Her voice is beautifully explored on the track ‘Only For You’ off the 2012 album Arrow.

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Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out (2004)


Franz Ferdinand

In 2001, a new wave of post-punk sounds cemented itself with the releases of the Strokes’ debut album Is This It and the White Stripes release White Blood Cells. These “saviours of rock ‘n’ roll” prompted others to pick up the garage rock mantle. The following year, Alex Kapranos, Nick McCarthy, Bob Hardy and Paul Thomson formed their band Franz Ferdinand. In January 2004, the band released the anthem ‘Take Me Out’, the lead single off their self-title debut. Have a great week.

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Parquet Courts – Master Of My Craft (2012)


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Now for something to restore a little credibility. Parquet Courts pick up the type of garage sound and feedback previously contrived by Television to The Fall to Pavement. High praise indeed, but the proof is in the listening to the bake. Their 2012 album Light Up Gold kicks off with ‘Master Of My Craft’. The song takes no prisoners. “Forget about it!”, “Forget about it!” and “Ya know Socrates died in the fucking gutter!”

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The Limiñanas feat. Peter Hook – Garden of Love (2016)

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The Limiñanas

The latest pressing from The Limiñanas offers a collaboration with Peter Hook. You can hear his bass guitar work on ‘Garden of Love’. He adds his trademark rhythm to Lionel and Marie Limiñana’s psych rock sound. In return, Marie sings in English, an evidently unfamiliar language.

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