Garage rock, garage punk, garage psychedelia . . . call it what you will, but the operative word was ‘garage’.
It was music often literally made in suburban garages across the USA during the 1960s, in the wake of the Beatles-led British Invasion. And it birthed a renaissance that made instant heroes out of many regional American bands rarely heard from again while paving the way for the do-it-yourself ethic of the alternative indie rock movements of the 70s, 80s and beyond.
Think of The Beau Brummels from San Francisco, The Music Machine from Los Angeles, The Sonics from Tacoma, Washington (pictured above), Barry & The Remains from Boston and The Nazz from Philadelphia. These are just a few of the bands who pioneered the garage rock sound which was later immortalised on the Nuggets collection of albums from Rhino Records.