1999 digitally remastered re-issue of the second album by the legendary kings of garage rock, originally released in 1966. Includes three bonus tracks: 'The Witch' (alternate) and two live tracks. The Sonics' second album is every bit as explosive and influential as their debut outing, loaded with gritty Northwest rock & roll.
The utterly most fabulous debut album from the loudest crowd of punk rockers ever! Originally released in early ‘65, this hard-hitting screamfest took the local teen scene by the eardrums and never let go! An astonishing battle of the wills of Parypa, Bennett, Roslie, Lind and Parypa, this LP has long provided the measuring stick for all wishful thinkers! Lush packaging, interviews, tons of info, pix! Featuring Nortophonic Loud Sound mastering for massive fidelity. Includes four bonus cuts.
Picking up where DMX Krew left off, Mount Sims' debut record paints a picture of the new wave renaissance with tongue planted firmly in cheek. Appearing to be a mildly fetish-oriented trio consisting of two girls and a pompous male lead singer, the band is actually the studio creation of sonic explorer Matt Sims. Does it work? The answer is a resounding yes; he manages to capture all the glorious excess and studio trickery of the genre's early-'80s heyday and inject soulful singing and hip-hop beats into the mix. Sims affects a voice that turns from an erotic groan to a falsetto croon in a heartbeat, but his straightforward delivery makes the moments of levity that much funnier.
Given the many stories of their crazed on-stage prowess and the frantic drive of their classic studio sides, fans of real-deal garage rock have often wished that someone had the presence of mind to make a decent-sounding live recording of Tacoma, WA, madmen the Sonics in their glory days. And, as it happened, someone did – a radio station in Tacoma, KTNT-AM, used to have a regular Friday night feature called Teen Time, in which they broadcast a live spot from one of the area's teen clubs. A guy in Seattle named Doug Patterson owned an Ampex reel-to-reel tape machine and frequently taped the Teen Time shows to collect songs for his own teenage band to cover, and two surviving tapes featuring the Sonics in action have been collected on Busy Body!!! Live in Tacoma 1964.
Long before they delivered the full blown crunch of The Witch and Psycho, the Sonics were cutting their teeth in Tacoma teen clubs! These crude 1961-64 sides were taped live at dances and at home, showing the heavy influence of their primo idols the Wailers and includes the ultra primitive A-Rab, the group's very first recording - raw!! These tapes were recently found in a Tacoma attic. This is their first appearance ever!