The Sonics

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The Sonics are an American garage rock band from Tacoma, Washington, originating in the early 1960s. Among the Sonics' contemporaries were the Kingsmen, the Wailers, the Dynamics, the Regents, and Paul Revere & the Raiders. Their aggressive, hard-edged sound has been a major influence on punk, garage, and hard rock music worldwide, and they've been named as inspirations by Nirvana, Bruce Springsteen, the Fall, and other major artists.

They played 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 1960s 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).

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Year Title Rating Releases
1965 Here Are The Sonics 3 4
1966 Boom 2
1967 Introducing the Sonics 2
1996 Fire and Ice II - the 'Lost' Tapes 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title Rating Releases
1980 Sinderella Compilation 1
1980 Unreleased Compilation 1
1991 Here Are the Ultimate Sonics Compilation 1
1991 Maintaining My Cool Compilation 1
1993 Psycho-Sonic: The Best of 1964-65 Compilation 3 1
1994 Full Force! Compilation 1
1996 Fire & Ice 2 / The 'Lost' Tapes Compilation 1
2001 This Is... The Savage Young Sonics Compilation 1
2003 Psycho-Sonic Compilation 1
Jerden Years 1966-69 Compilation 1

Album + Live

Year Title Rating Releases
1986 Fanz Only Live 1
2007 Busy Body!!! Live In Tacoma 1964 Live 1


Year Title Rating Releases
2010 8 1

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