The Northwest 60’s Garage Sound Story: Knock You Flat

Many regions or cities have been important in the development of rock music including Southern California (surf music), Detroit (Motown), New York (punk, rap and hip-hop), San Francisco (acid rock), etc. The Northwest has also been important in rock history. It was a significant center of protopunk music during the early 60s. Prototype organ laden, 2-chords, snotty vocals Northwest Garage with aggresive lyrics: The Dimensions – Knock you flat (Seattle, WA,1966)

The Northwest 60’s Garage Sound refers to the music emanating from the Northwest (Seattle, Tacoma, and Portland) in the late 50’s and early 60’s, featuring groups such as the Fabulous Wailers (first with Rockin Robin Roberts, then later with Gail Harris, as their lead singer), Jimmy Hanna and the Dynamics (with Larry Coryell on the guitar), The Viceroys, The Kingsmen (of “Louie, Louie” fame), Don and the Good Times, The Frantics, The Ventures, The Dave Lewis Trio, Little Bill and the Bluenotes, and The Sonics. Other less known, but by no means entirely forgotten bands: Tiny Tony and the Statics, Little Dickie and the Throbs, Mr. Clean and the Cleansers, the El-Caminos, The Counts, The Regents, The Imperials, The Rhythmics, The Sensations, The Bootmen, The Marksmen, The Marshans, The Caravans, The Galaxies, The Noblemen, The Bards, The Artesians, The Raymarks, Mr. Lucky and the Gamblers, and Merrilee and Her Men (before she changed the name of the group to Merrilee Rush and the Turnabouts). While the rest of the country was listening to total pap such as Frankie Avalon, Fabian, and Bobby Rydell, kids in the Northwest were listening to the original hard-rocking “garage band” sound. Another classic from ’66: The Sonics – He’s waitin’  “You think you are happy I got news for you Well, satan found out Little girl, you’re through” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZNplDf7SKc  The Mid-60’s  was an especially rich period in the Northwest. The dynamic Sonics and The Wailers were top bands in the Puget Sound area and the Ventures, from Tacoma, became the most successful instrumental band in rock history. The Wailers recorded “Louie, Louie” before the Kingsmen hit it big with the song in 1963 and the Ventures had a long progression of blockbuster instrumentals beginning with “Walk Don’t Run” in 1960. A little later, the Kingsmen from Portland, and the Boise-based Paul Revere and the Raiders enjoyed national success in the early 1960s. Also reed: http://blog.wfmu.org/freeform/2009/06/sonic-boom-the-history-of-northwest-rock-from-louie-louie-to-smells-like-teen-spirit.html

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