Garage punk

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Garage punk is a fusion of garage rock and modern punk rock. It is music characterized by a dirty, choppy guitar sound— lyrics dealing with bad taste and rebelliousness, usually played by bands who are on independent record labels or who are unsigned.[2] Garage punk bands often distance themselves from hardcore and political punk bands.[3]


According to the Allmusic guide, "Before the punk-pop wing of America's '90s punk revival hit the mainstream, a different breed of revivalist punk had been taking shape in the indie-rock underground. In general, garage punk wasn't nearly as melodic as punk-pop; instead, garage punk drew its inspiration chiefly from the Detroit protopunk of The Stooges and The MC5."[4] Many of the main influences of the style came from different sonic backgrounds, but commonly associated with decadent lifestyles, the 'true rocker' attitude and speed. Bands such as Motörhead, New York Dolls and records such as The Damned's Damned Damned Damned and The Stooges's Raw Power were crucial for the development of the style.
Other important precedents are the early 1970s Detroit band Death[5] and the Boston band The Modern Lovers.[6] The latter were an influence on punk while using an organ similar to 1960s garage bands.

The genre originated from the 1970s and 1980s punk bands, as well as 1960s American garage bands who (influenced by the sound and attitude of British rhythm and blues groups) created a cruder, more urgent sound. Early UK punk bands such as The Clash often originally characterized themselves as 'garage bands' with The Clash even featuring a song on their first album The Clash called "Garageland" in which they claimed "We're a garage band, We come from garageland".[7] While originating from punk and garage rock, it sometimes incorporates elements of 1960s soul, beat music, surf music, power pop, hardcore punk and psychedelia.[3][8] Many garage punk musicians have been white, working class, suburban teenagers.[1][9]

"Some of the first garage punk bands who appeared in the late '80s and early '90s (Mudhoney, the Supersuckers) signed with the Sub Pop label, whose early grunge bands shared some of the same influences and aesthetics (in fact, Mudhoney became one of the founders of grunge)."[4] Bands like New Bomb Turks, The Oblivians, The Gories, Subsonics,[10] The Mummies, The Dirtbombs, and The Humpers helped maintain a cult audience for the style through the 1990s and 2000s.[4]

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  1. ^ a b Reynolds, Simon (1999). Generation Ecstasy: Into the World of Techno and Rave Culture. Routledge. p. 138. ISBN 0-415-92373-5. 
  2. ^ Alan Rutter (September 2006). "Bluffer's guide: Garage punk". TimeOut London. TimeOut Group Ltd. Retrieved 2 February 2008. 
  3. ^ a b Bovey, Seth (2006). "Don't Tread on Me: The Ethos of '60s Garage Punk". Popular Music & Society (Routledge) 29 (4): 451–459. doi:10.1080/03007760600787515. 
  4. ^ a b c Garage Punk at
  5. ^ Detroit rockers Death presaged punk
  6. ^ The Modern Lovers at allmusic
  7. ^ Garageland lyrics - The Clash
  8. ^ Sabin, Roger (1999). Punk Rock, So What?: The Cultural Legacy of Punk. Routledge. p. 99. ISBN 0-415-17029-X. 
  9. ^ Campbell, Neil (2004). American Youth Cultures. Edinburgh University Press. p. 220. ISBN 0-7486-1933-X. 
  10. ^ "Clay Reed on Outsight Radio Hours". Retrieved 2 December 2012. 
  11. ^ 20 Years After The Riot Grrrl Movement, This Is How Feminist Punk Rock Roars
  12. ^ NY-based Yeah Yeah Yeahs headline Love Garage