K-Chuck Radio: Open the garage door…

Garage music has an amazing sound to it.  It’s raw, it’s energetic, and it sounds as if four or five guys got together in their garage, brought their instruments, and practiced until they could come up with a sound all their own.

Well, here on K-Chuck Radio, I’ve got some rare garage rock tracks.  So crank up your computer speakers and kick out the jams, brothers and sisters!

Starting with…

THE SHAGS
Don’t Press Your Luck

This Connecticut-based garage band had several regional hits, this was their biggest.  A later hit, “Breathe In My Ear,” was actually banned on some radio stations for suggestive lyrics.  But by that time, the band had gone their separate ways.

THE PAINTED SHIP
Frustration

I had a U.S. promotional copy of this Western Canada garage band’s only hit; I later sold it for a major sum of money.  It’s amazing that tracks like this can command lots of money … and lots of fans.

THE OPEN MIND
Magic Potion

Welcome to the world of freakbeat music, the crunchy sound of garage music from London.  This track was the biggest hit for this British band, and I’ve got a copy of it here in ultra-wide stereophonic sound.

THE TIDAL WAVES
Farmer John

You might know this song as originally recorded by a group called The Premiers, but this loud, raucous garage rock record was licensed for nationwide distribution by Hanna-Barbera Records.  Yes, at one point in time Hanna-Barbera had a rock and roll record label.  And I don’t mean “rock” as in Bedrock and “roll” as in whatever Hanna-Barbera cartoon had a roll in it.

THE SHY GUYS
We Gotta Go

Another fuzz-building garage rock band from Detroit, this pressing was a big hit in Michigan, and was later licensed for national release on the Palmer label.

THE BLACK DIAMONDS
See The Way

You know I have to add an Australian garage rock track to this playlist… and this Sydney-based group, the Black Diamonds, certainly fits the bill.

THE HAUNTED
1-2-5

This Montreal-based garage band recorded several versions of this track; this is the ultra-rare Amy (U.S.A.) Records remix, with a punched-up harmonica intro and clearer lyrics about a guy meeting a girl – who promises a good time for $5.

THE UNCALLED FOR
Do Like Me

Not much is known about this band, other than they were formed in Tennessee, and this was their only 45.  The song “Do Like Me” did hit the top of the charts on the East Coast and the West Coast, but that wasn’t enough to keep the band around.  Thankfully, the surviving members of The Uncalled For reunited in 2010 and continue to perform today.

THE SONICS
Strychnine

While this is a helluva rocking track from the Tacoma-based garage band legend, The Sonics, I’ll stick with my diet colas.  If that’s all right…

THE SQUIRES
Going All The Way

This Bristol, Connecticut garage band has an amazing guitar-laden intro to their track, and a nice blend with the Farfisa organ.  Every garage band should have a Farfisa organ.  Or at least a Vox organ.

So are you ready to rock and roll?

Of course you are.

That’s why you listen to K-Chuck Radio.

No doubt about it.

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