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Album Review

Before the Kinks and the Who came along and planted the seeds for what is commonly referred to as proto-punk, several obscure and/or one-hit U.S. wonders beat the two aforementioned British acts to the punch — the Kingsmen, the Trashmen, and the Sonics. While the Kingsmen and the Trashmen managed to score a massive hit each ("Louie, Louie" and "Surfin' Bird," respectively), the Sonics never broke through outside of their home city of Tacoma. Regardless, the Sonics are often name-checked as one of the greatest garage rock bands ever, and the 2001 compilation This Is... The Savage Young Sonics focuses entirely on the group's early years. It turns out that the father of the Sonics' brother guitar/bass tandem, Larry and Andy Parypa, taped nearly every live show the group played during the early '60s, and these recordings serve as the basis for this 20-song release. Although the group was still a ways off from perfecting its tough-and-rough sound (which eventually included a heavy R&B influence), the comp includes such early instrumentals as "Sonic Blues" as well as covers of popular bar band standards of the day — "Rumble," "Bony Maronie," "Keep A-Knockin'," and even the aforementioned "Louie, Louie." While newcomers should stick with one of their classic mid-'60s releases (e.g., 1965's Here Are the Sonics), longtime Sonics fans looking to trace the group's roots will certainly be able to do so with This Is... The Savage Young Sonics.

Customer Reviews

The Sonics

The Sonics are undoubtedly the greatest garage rock band ever. But we need a lot more of their great songs. They paved the way for many of the bands we know and love today but don't get credit. Itunes also needs BOB HACKO

Um.... Where are the other albums?

Listen this is a good band so buy the music,, but I'm looking for their first albume, called "here are the sonics" and iTunes didn't have it, like some other ones. I wish iTunes would start getting more garage bands from the 60's, a lot of good bans are missing proto punk bans!!!!


I love the Sonics, and the compilations here are good, but where is Strychnine? This was the one single that had charted nationally (barely, but it did), and is probably their best known song. Once again, iTunes blows it when dealing with classic rock and oldies titles! At least these aren't a bunch of crappy re-records like most of the offerings. How do we get iTunes to get their act together?
be advised too, that a song you find in iTunes today, may disappear tomorrow. I have found this to be true.


Formed: 1960 in Tacoma, WA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '00s, '10s

Of all the garage bands that made a glorious racket in the 1960s, few if any were louder, wilder, or more raw than the Sonics, a Tacoma, Washington quintet whose over the top style, complete with roaring guitars, pounding drums, and the fevered howls of lead singer Gerry Roslie, anticipated the mania of punk and pushed rock & roll deep into the red zone during their 1963-1966 heyday. The Sonics were stars in Washington, but it took a while for the rest of the world to catch on, and in time they would...
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