Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Sonics - The Witch



The Sonics are an American garage rock band from Tacoma, Washington, originating from the early and mid-1960s. Among The Sonics' contemporaries were The Kingsmen, The Wailers, The Dynamics, The Regents, and Paul Revere & the Raiders. This movement is credited with founding Seattle's music scene which survives to the present.

The songs that the band played were a mixture of garage rock standards ("Louie, Louie", "Have Love, Will Travel"), early rock and roll ("Jenny, Jenny", "Skinny Minnie") and original compositions such as "Strychnine", "Psycho", and "The Witch", all based upon simple chord sequences, played hard and fast.

The lyrics of The Sonics' original material dealt with early '60s teenage culture: cars, guitars, surfing, and girls (in songs like "The Hustler", "Boss Hoss" and "Maintaining My Cool") alongside darker subject matter such as drinking strychnine for kicks, witches, psychopaths, and Satan (in the songs "Strychnine", "The Witch", "Psycho", and "He's Waitin'", respectively).

37 comments:

  1. now that's a very nice tune :)

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  2. now that is something i like! :)

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  3. these guys were awesome and way ahead of their time!

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  4. Garage punk is usually not my scene but i can dig this.

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  5. This is nice. Sounds old, but decent! :)

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  6. get some husker du up in this bitch :D

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  7. Always good to be introduced to new things. Cheers.

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  8. Nice song, 'm glad to hear some new songs :)

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  9. not bad, but I feel weird listening to this

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  10. Love the groovy string plucking solo in the end.

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  11. Sounds like it belongs in one of those old grindhouse movies.

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  12. I love old garage rock like this. thanks.

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  13. So THIS is what was part of what started the hipster movement!? I know one of the things I'm gonna do once I get a time machine. >>

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  14. I REALLY like this song.

    With simple cords and dark subject matter one could perhaps make the case that this band was a sort of precursor to The Misfits.

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  15. Beautiful song, totally love it

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  16. bit before my time but i remember dad belting this one out when i was a kid. oh how music has changed..

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