Wednesday, May 24, 2006

The VINES - New Video

The Vines have become a popular present-day Garage Band. I've been checking out lately because we just published an article about YouTube Stars over at our other web site, LookingForClues. The article is about the most popular people posting homemade videos at Read it, you'll really enjoy it!

Anyway, The Vines have a new CD out and this cut, "Anysound", really reminds me of the 1960's Garage Rock that I love so much. So if you are into 60s Garage, check out the video for this song, below. If you can't see it here for some reason, watch it at YouTube:

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Garage Links, 2006

Here's a bunch of links I got by email so far this year. I don't think I answered many of these directly. But I wanted to pass them all on so that everyone can check them out. If you see something here that you sent me, and it either changed or you'd like it removed, email me at and I'll comply. As for sending me something for airplay, I'm not a DJ and I don't have a radio show, I just write about them. Try writing to Bill Kelly over at WFMU, they play all kinds of new music. As for uploading songs to GarageRockRadio, we don't accept songs for upload. We choose the songs on our MP3 list at our own discretion.

Okay, here are the links. I haven't been to all of them so I can't vouch for them. Click at your own risk!

Hi Bill,Great site. Loads of info. What's the best way to upload mp3's of TheThings's debut 4 song ep for garagerockradio? They're fairly new, fromDublin, super psych garage rockers..their website is Theep's out limited edition on Big Neck Records and Cargo import UK. And somecomp tracks on the Illbilly Recs comp "Get Out Of My Garage Punks" andGloria Garage Comp..They host Psychotic Reaction parties every month inDublin..Cheers, Janice

thanks for your support in 2005 and ROCK ON in 2006!!mickster - PO BOX 1211 CARLTON VIC 3053 AUSTRALIA

Bill please check out thanks derek

Hi, Very nice website, I will be very happy if you can add in the list of your mp3 songs the attached song from the french sixties combo: les 5 gentlemen from Marseille: the title of the song is "si tu reviens chez moi". Please let me know your opinion on the song! I am sure that you will enjoy the song. Cheers Franck

Hi, could I send you our upcoming release "Purple Girlfriend" (PravdaRecords) for possible airplay? It's coming out in March and I think there might be more than a few songs that would fit your show perfect. If so, please send me your mailing address...Thanks, Sal THE GOLDSTARS "Purple Girlfriend" Coming March 2006!

Let us to present our newest rock-group:
The idea of the group, called Re-tech, came up first in 2003 by the two founder [Szami & Zsenya], but they had been keeping themselves so busy that it was only 2005 when they managed to start working on their album.
Official website: More information, questions:

I was the songwriter/guitarist/singer for The LITES (1967-1969). We were a young psychedelic-garage band.
I like your site. Thought you'd like to hear an obscure tune that I wrote and recorded in 1968 with my band.
Let me know if you'd like an MP3. It's as rare and "of the time" as they come.
In the meantime, check this out:
Read the interview:
Recorded September 1968, by THE LITES:
You can also hear Baker Street and Oversensitive Passion on

FUZZTONES EURO TOUR 2006 TO COINCIDEWITH RELEASE OF FUZZTONES TRIBUTE ALBUM Those legendary Garage Killers, THE FUZZTONES, will soon be embarking on yet another European tour, the 15th in their 26 year career.While the last few tours showcased the band's immersion into dark psychedelia, The Fuzztones now plan to return to their garage roots, to celebrate their newest release, "LSD-25," a comprehensive"Best of" collection issued last year to commemorate their 25th year anniversary. The 2006 setlist will consist entirely of the kind of high-energy garage grunge that made The Fuzztones notorious in the 80's. Joining Rudi, Lana, Roger and Gabe will be guitarist JordanTarlow, who contributed much of the wailing fuzz onslaught on Fuzztones classic albums "In Heat," "Teen Trash," and "Action."Check out Tour dates In Fuzz We Trust, FUZZTONES PRESERVATION SOCIETY

New York, NY, March 14 – UK gutter punks Towers Of London will release their feverishly anticipated debut album Blood, Sweat & Towers on June 20. The band will begin their launch of the album with a string of U.S. dates beginning this month that include unpredictable appearances at South By Southwest 2006, and two sold-out New York City gigs including a riotous opening slot for The Pogues at the Nokia Theatre on March 19 and the "Live From London" showcase at Bowery Ballroom on March 21.

Art Steinman from the Jagged Edge (aka The Offset) here. Just wanted to let you know that I just published a CD of five demos we cut and never released in 1965. It’s available on for $9.95. If would be great if you would put in a word for it on your website. Here’s the link:
Folks can also link there from the Jagged Edge website. Thanks!

hi guys,we are The Vegas, a french rock'n'roll bandif you want to listen our first LP a know more about us visit: we wonna play for you! sweet spank Ramon Vegas

Rock garage... Promocion, mp3.
website of smokin' lovin' machine

Hello Bill ,
My name is Paul Kappa. My band KAPPA are resident at the CAVERN, Liverpool, England.
Our new single "Give Me More" is ready to go & I thought you might like to hear it so i'm attaching an MP3. We get regular airplay in the UK and Scandinavia as well as the US.
If you like my music I can send you a CD. Happy listening!
Thanks for your time.
Kind Regards,

Hey folks,Check the link below for the latest video from Towers of London, "Air Guitar."* See the band on the COVER of the next issue of HARP magazine, alongside such rock & roll royalty as The New York Dolls, Michael Stipe, Thurston Moore, Conor Oberst and Emmylou Harris (!) On stands May 23.** Towers on tour in America all summer!*** Their debut album Blood, Sweat & Towers in stores in AUGUST!! Get at me for music, interviews and additional info...- Jason

Monday, May 15, 2006

Garage Rock on TV

I was checking the stats for GRR last night and noticed that "I'm Not Like Everybody Else" by The Chocolate Watchband is at the top of the list of most downloaded MP3s. It's not surprising, since this song has been on TV a lot lately in an IBM Commercial. You can see the commercial at this German IBM site. Now the song in the commercial is the original version and is done by The Kinks. But the Chocolate Watchband did it Much Better! The vocals snarl more and the guitars are fuzzier. Have a listen on our MP3 page. You might think you're hearing The Rolling Stones, the singer for the Chocolate Watchband did sound like Mick Jagger.

Once, and only once, I recently saw a TV commercial for Target with "Shape of Things To Come" by "Max Frost and his Troopers", the theme song from 1968's "Garage Rock" movie, "Wild in the Streets". Click that last link to hear the song and read about the movie. There has been interest in the movie again lately, as stars Richard Prior and Shelley Winters have both passed recently. Garage Rockers will love the movie for its many songs which also include "Fourteen or Fight!" and "52 percent". Christopher Jones, as Max Frost, sings the title song mid-movie, just after some of his "troops" have been killed by the police. I think he gives a great, emotional performance. You can see the pain in his eyes. Check out this movie if you've never seen it before. It's on Encore from time to time and available for not much money as half of a double feature on DVD.

For a few weeks back in March I think it was, Subway ran a commercial for its new Ham and Swiss sub. "I Love My Honey, Ham and Swiss" was a catchy tune in the 1960s bubblegum mold. The tune sounded very familiar. At first, it sounded to me to be a cross between "Chewy Chewy" and "Sugar Sugar". Then I realized where they "borrowed it" from! This tune is very similar to 1963's "Killer Joe" by the "Rocky Fellers", a family group like the Cowsills. But this bunch was father and 4 sons. As this page points out, this song is derived from "Love is Strange". I'm sure if I sat here long enough, I could name a song that that one borrowed from. Although "Love is Strange" was fairly original, the guitar solo is amazing and often copied.

Several of the original Garage Bands were on TV in the 60's, maybe I should do a post about that! I'll just mention here that The Standells were on The Munsters! TV Land says it was episode 26. Here's the entry for The Standells on Wikipedia.

That's all for now. Go listen to some Garage Rock!

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Garage Links, 2004-2005


I'm going to post a collection of Garage related links here.
These are from the News and Reviews section of Most are for bands that currently play Garage Rock. I've gotten a bunch more links by email this year, and I'll post them in a follow-up entry.

First of all, if you don't know what Garage Rock is, read the article on Garage Rock at Wikipedia. We are mentioned in it!

Okay, here are the links!

The Lost Marbles - A '60s and punk influenced Garage band from Rochester, NY. Started by Darren Brennessel of McFadden's Parachute.
Muddy Fly - An italian Garage band with Nirvana and other Grunge/Garage influences.
Skyroots Project - Suburban Detroit Garage band with '60s, '70s and modern garage influences.
The Candy Snatchers - A GaragePunk band with 60's garage, the Detroit sound and late 70's punk influences.
Undersea Explosion - A Brooklyn NY band that plays darkly cinematic, catchy garage rock with more than a little Jim Morrison thrown into the mix.
A book on Central FL Garagebands - Playin' the Peninsula: Garage and Teen Center Bands of the Florida I-4 Corridor. Were you in one of these groups from 1964-1972?? If so, your input is needed for a great new book!
An online retro shop, physically located in Sweden - '50s and '60s clothes and music.
Kilometre: 42 - A loud and fast band from England. They play fuzzy, growling, distorted blues-based music.
Indianburn - A Garage band with '60s psyche influence.
Fat Pete Records / Freddy Steady - Austin Texas band with '60s garage roots and country influence.
Hang the Superstars - A Garage band from Brazil, the page is in Portuguese.
Garage Savage - A web site about Garage bands, clubs and people in Holland.
Dark Side - A Maryland band playing '60s pop updated to the '80s, with Alice Cooper and rockabilly influences.
An online radio station - They sent me this in Spanish: un radio serial de terror y humor totalmente freak, ambientado en las películas de serie Z de los años 50,al estilo ED WOOD, música GARAGE, SURF INSTRUMENTAL, ROCKABILLY, PUNK ROCK , algo de BATCAVE ...etc.
The Beatles Help - A web site with tons of Beatles links.
The PushTwangers - A Swedish Garage Rock band.
My Delusion - A very cool Chicago Garage/Punk/PowerPop band with a female vocalist. Very catchy punk tunes, 70's influenced. Hard to describe, but good! Check out their MP3 tracks at this web site.
The Pokers - An authentic sounding British Punk band. Very '70s punk influenced.
The Things - A Garage band from Dublin, Ireland.
The Specimens - A Garage band from Melbourne, Australia.
Mike Dalton band - A rock band from New Jersey with REM and Smithereens influences.
The Lilacs - A Garage rock band from out in the Dakotas. They love '60s Garage and are influenced by the Yardbirds!

TSAR - "Band, Girls, Money"10 tracks. High quality party punk with 70s punk, glam, the Vines and Motley Crue influence. Good songs, good vocals, good playing! TSAR Review here.
The Towers of London - 2, 2 track demos.A new punk band that is influenced by '70s punk bands like the Sex Pistols and New York Dolls.
--- The above two bands are on TVT Records.
Meet Me in the time tunnel, Obscure Powerpop '78 - '85 on Wizzard In Vinyl.20 tracks. Some good punk songs are on this CD. Buy it if you like the original '70s punk sound. Here's an article on the CD.
Dennis Most & Audiolove, Live at the El Cid 12/76 12 tracks. Decent guitarwork. Some punkish covers of '60s songs such as "Signed D.C.", "Baracuda", "Secret Agent Man", and "I Fought the Law".
--- For more info on the above 2 CDs, contact Keith Grave, Dagger Promotions .
Motor 76 - "All The Highs"11 tracks. A driving uptempo rock band from Atlanta. Good guitar songs with a '70s classic-rock feel. Influences include the Smithereens, Lynard Skynard, AC/DC and Black Sabbath.

The Fondas - They have a great girl singer named Julie Benjamin, and a driving musical style.
Les Hell On Heels - All girl band.
The Charms - A Boston band with a Blonde singer (Ellie Vee), black haired exotically beautiful Russian keyboardist (Kat Kina), and the rest are male. [2006 - Kat is out of the band :-( ]
The Raveonettes - A male/female duo from Denmark. Check out the videos on their web site.
The A-Lines - All girl band.
The Sugar Twins - Twin(?) girl singers in this Boston band.

The Blue Van from Denmark is a 60s inspired Garage band with a new CD entitled "The Art Of Rolling", on TVT Records.
The Invisible Surfers from Greece are a cool surf instrumental band. For more info on this band, please write to Andreas Zorbas.

Have you heard The Flairz? This new Garage and punk influenced band is from Australia and its 3 members are 12 years old! Both Bill Kelly (TW) and Little Steven (UG) have played their very catchy Garage Punk single entitled "Rock and Roll Ain't Evil" from their first CD. Please visit their web site and their MySpace (with 3 songs to listen to!).
We recently received a cool EP CD from Michal Kahan entitled "Baby Escapo". It's 7 songs are loaded with Garage/Punk energy. The guitars are loud and fuzzy on most songs but there's a couple with organ. Michal sings in Spanish with enthusiasm and passion. Check out this very cool singer/songwriter and her CD at her Isreali label's web site.

Punk Rock began in the mid '70s and made a big return in the '90s with the likes of Green Day, Rancid, and Offspring. Garage Rock began in the '60s. Is Punk just a variation on Garage or is it entirely different? We've written an article about the origins and characteristics of Garage and Punk. It's a Must Read for fans of both Garage and Punk. Click here to Read all about the similarities and differences between Garage and Punk!

Mcfadden's Parachute - Self Titled - Jargon Records - Rochester, NY
The Riviera Playboys - "Ambassadors of Rock-N-Roll" - Jargon Records - Rochester, NY
The Kings Mistake - "What Have We Done?" - Dublin, Ireland

Gear Fab Records is a company in Orlando Florida that has some great '60s and '70s Garage and Psychedelic music in it's catalog. They offer "reissues of the most incredible artifacts." I recently ordered a CD from the Majic Ship, a great Psyche-rock band from my old hometown of NYC. I also got 2 cool comps, Psychedelic States: Florida in the 60s Volume 3 featuring "It's Trash" - The Cavemen, "Baby" - The Tasmanians, "You Can't Make Me" - The Montells and Psychedelic Crown Jewels - Volume 2: Garage Unknowns with many cool Garagers, I highly recommend it! All Garage fans should visit the Gear Fab website now!

We recently received a cool CD titled "Shake yourself, honey!" with a nice handwritten letter from the beautiful and talented Fege of the Queen Beees. Check them out!

Whenever I'm in the office, which is quite a bit lately, I open up my WinAmp player and listen to Beyond the Beat Generation. This internet radio station is amazing!!! If you love Garage Rock, you should listen to this!

60s videos links! Ron Kleim made this great list of links, check out the Stones, Beatles and 13th Floor Elevators!
Beyond the Beat Generation. '65 to '69 Underground punk garage psyche 24/7 streaming radio.
Los Peyotes, Argentina Garagers. The web site is in Spanish, check it out if you can read it. Their new CD, "Psychotic Reaction" is very cool!
Queen Beees, Italian Garagers. Mainly in Italian web site about these cool 3 girl one guy rockers that remind me of the great 80s garage band, the Pandoras.
Mocker Monkeys, Italian Garagers. A cool garage/surf/psyche band! The site is mostly in English.

The Absolute BEST web site for Garage Rock (besides GarageRockRadio!) is The Garage, at They have links to radio shows, net archives, bands and more! They were kind enough to link to our site in their Radio Shows catagory. Please visit them soon!
A great web site for finding out information on 60s Garage Bands! They have an up to date News page, interviews with band members and a list of TV shows that have had Garage bands on them. They wrote a very nice review of our site on their News & Nuggets page in the February 21, 2003 entry. Please visit them soon!

The Wayback Machine
A great Garage Rock Radio show! The past, present, and future of garage, punk, and primitive rock'n'roll. Monday nights, 8-10pm (Central Time). KDHX-FM 88.1, St. Louis, MO. You can Listen Online!

The Primitive Show
Another great Garage Rock Radio show! Friday afternoons from Noon to 3 PM (Eastern time) on WVKR-FM 91.3 in Poughkeepsie, NY. George Roberts plays all sorts of Garage Rock, new and old.

Whole Lotta Shakin radio show
Another cool Garage Rock Radio show! "Whole Lotta Shakin", since 1984: 4 hours of Rock 'n' Roll Radio featuring Rockabilly,Greasy R&B, Instrumental, Surf, Twist, British Invasion, Garage Rock, Novely & Punk rock from the mid-50's to todays rock 'n' rollers that carry on the tradition! Sundays from 3-7PM EST on WITR, 89.7-FM in Rochester, NY, & live on the web at !!!!! Forums
A great place to discuss Garage Rock! I read the 50s/60s Garage/Rock 'n' Roll Forum. Check out my posts there, I'm GarageBill.

NEW! Pirate Radio
The first all-podcast garage rock radio station! How to Subscribe to the Podcast: 1) Download and install iPodder, iPodderX, or iTunes 4.9 (Mac or PC). 2. Add the podcast feed URL: 3) Automatically receive podcast shows. 4) Or, download the latest show in MP3 here. It's THAT easy!!

Garage Compilation Database
A great Garage Rock resource! Find a song if you just know part of the Title or Artist. Find out which compilations have a song. The Garage Compilation Database provides a web-interface for the data contained in Menachem Turchick's excellent Searchin' for Shakes database. It contains track listings and other information for hundreds of various artist compilations that focus on 60's garage and psychedelic rock.
Read the stories of over 100 Garage bands written by the artists themselves! Musicians and Authors Keith Buckley and Dan Angott are compiling information for an exciting new book about the 60's garage band scene. They decided to put together a web site to reach out to all those garage band members who never made it much past the state line. They were kind enough to link to our site on their Links page. Please visit them soon!

Thursday, May 04, 2006


Welcome to the blog for (GRR). We'll use this blog to pass along information about Garage Rock that we get from emails, our GarageRockNOW! message board, other message boards and radio shows. We'll also announce when we add MP3s to GRR.

Thanks for visiting our new GarageRockRadio blog!