It Came from the Garage

The Secret History of Rock's Finest Hour

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Rock and roll was born with two strikes against it, needing a shave and late for detention. It popped its cherry in 1955 and looked back with no regrets. One can't ascribe its fall from grace to any single event or set of circumstances. Rock couldn't lose what it lacked at conception.

Mass-market nostalgia gets us hopped up for a past that never existed. Hagiography sanctifies shuck-and-jive DJs and producers and reinvents their expedient gestures as moments of great weight. Rock's continuing narrative line is blurred past truth and hindsight by hipper-than-thou critics. Only a reckless verisimilitude will set the record straight.

Witnesses for the prosecution include: leather-clad demon bikers, Motor City punk rockers, Dixie-fried harmonica players, barbecued Memphis bandleaders, gutbucket bass players from Louisiana swamps and post-pubescent axe slingers. They came storming out of the garage with crude instruments, a point and a shaking fist.

It's time to demythologize an era and build a new myth from the gutters to the stars. It's time to embrace the men who paid to secretly define their time. Here's to them.

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Here's the list of goodies for this episode:
Psycho - The Sonics
Psychotic Reaction - Count Five
Call Me Animal - MC5
Double Shot (Of My Baby's Love) - The Swingin' Medallions
Diddy Wah Diddy - Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band
Bad Little Woman - Shadows of Knight
Let's Talk About Girls - The Chocolate Watchband
Louie, Louie - The Kingsmen
Wooly Bully - Sam the Sham and The Pharoahs
Time Won't Let Me - The Outsiders
Who Do You Love - The Woolies
Fight Fire - The Golliwogs
Steppin' Out - Paul Revere and the Raiders
You Ain't Tuff - The Uniques
Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out) - Los Hombres
Respect - The Vagrants
Night Time - The Strangeloves
You're Gonna Miss Me - 13th Floor Elevators

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