Garage punk

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Garage punk is the music of bands influenced by garage rock and modern punk rock. Most bands of this genre see themselves as continuing the tradition of '60s garage,[2][3] but do not necessarily attempt to replicate the exact sound and look of that era, the way garage rock revival bands do, because they usually incorporate later influences.[4] Garage punk is characterized by a dirty, choppy guitar sound— lyrics sometimes dealing with bad taste and rebelliousness, usually played by bands who are on independent record labels, or who are unsigned.[5] Garage punk bands often distance themselves from hardcore punk bands and usually do not adhere to the kinds of strict subcultural codes and ideologies that are often associated with other forms of punk.[6] The term is also sometimes used to refer to '60s garage bands,[7][8] as well as to revivalist bands who have emulated them.[9]


The earliest known use of the term appeared in Lenny Kaye's track-by-track liner notes for the 1973 Nuggets LP to describe a song by the '60s garage rock band, The Shadows of Knight as "classic garage punk",[10] and is sometimes still used to describe the garage bands of that era.[11][12] However, most often, it refers to bands from later periods, usually after the 1970s. For instance, garage punk enjoyed a period of popularity in the late 90s and early years of the twenty-first century. 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."[13]

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[14] and the Boston band The Modern Lovers.[15] The latter were an influence on punk while using an organ similar to 1960s garage bands.

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".[16] While originating from punk and garage rock, it sometimes incorporates elements of 1960s soul, beat music, surf music, power pop, hardcore punk and psychedelia.[6][17] Many garage punk musicians have been white, working class, suburban teenagers.[1][18]

"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)."[13] Bands like New Bomb Turks, The Oblivians, The Gories, Subsonics,[19] The Mummies, The Dirtbombs, and The Humpers helped maintain a cult audience for the style through the 1990s and 2000s.[13]

List of Garage Punk bands[edit]

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  2. ^ B. Bryan. Please Explain: What is Garage Punk? MTV Iggy. Feb. 4, 2013.
  3. ^ Garage Punk Defined. Boston com.
  4. ^ Genre of the Week: Garage Punk. Reedit.
  5. ^ Alan Rutter (September 2006). "Bluffer's guide: Garage punk". TimeOut London. TimeOut Group Ltd. Retrieved 2 February 2008. 
  6. ^ 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. 
  7. ^ L. Kaye. Original inner-sleeve title/track liner notes for the Nuggets compilation. (Electra, 1972))
  8. ^ Garage Punk Defined. Boston com.
  9. ^ Garage Punk Defined. Boston com.
  10. ^ L. Kaye. Original track-by-track liner notes for the Nuggets compilation. (Electra, 1972))
  11. ^ B. Bryan. Please Explain: What is Garage Punk? MTV Iggy. Feb. 4, 2013.
  12. ^ Garage Punk Defined. Boston com.
  13. ^ a b c Garage Punk at
  14. ^ Detroit rockers Death presaged punk
  15. ^ The Modern Lovers at allmusic
  16. ^ Garageland lyrics - The Clash
  17. ^ Sabin, Roger (1999). Punk Rock, So What?: The Cultural Legacy of Punk. Routledge. p. 99. ISBN 0-415-17029-X. 
  18. ^ Campbell, Neil (2004). American Youth Cultures. Edinburgh University Press. p. 220. ISBN 0-7486-1933-X. 
  19. ^ "Clay Reed on Outsight Radio Hours". Retrieved 2 December 2012. 
  20. ^ 20 Years After The Riot Grrrl Movement, This Is How Feminist Punk Rock Roars
  21. ^ NY-based Yeah Yeah Yeahs headline Love Garage