The Sonics - Boom (1966)

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

The Sonics' sound is noticeably rougher, cruder, and more brutal than that of their musical peers, and among those in the know The Sonics are sometimes regarded as the first punk rock group, though well before the punk movement took off in the late 1970s. Although they had a fairly standard instrumental line up for the time, The Sonics made their unique sound with wild arrangements, often disturbing lyrics, peppered with screaming and howling, and electric guitars played through amplifiers customized to achieve the harshest tones possible. Although their chief period of success was coincident with the release of Gibson's first fuzzbox, The Sonics' fuzzy sound was their own creation.

The songs they 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).
1. Cinderella
2. Don't Be Afraid of the Dark
3. Skinny Minnie
4. Let the Good Times Roll
5. Don't You Just Know It
6. Jenny, Jenny
7. He's Waitin'
8. Louie, Louie
9. Since I Fell for You
10. Hitch Hike
11. It's All Right
12. Shot Down
13. Hustle
14. Witch [Alternate Take]
15. Psycho [Live]
16. Witch [Live]

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