Sunday, August 10, 2008

The Sonics - Øyafestivalen, Oslo, Norway 09.08.2008

The most dangerous band in the world! Live in Oslo, Norway yesterday! Enjoy!
"If you think Punk started in London in 1977 or New York in 1975 or even Detroit in 1969, you had better take a listen to this. Punk started in the early sixties in America's Pacific Northwest. End of story. This is what you get when you put a bunch of spotty, angry, musically-challenged young men together in a dank cellar with some Danelectro guitars, Silvertone amps, a Farfisa organ and some crappy drums. This is definitely music that parents don't want their kids to hear. Actually, come to think of it, maybe it's music that kids don't want their parents to hear.
The Sonics' sound is noticeably rougher, cruder, and more brutal than that of their musical peers. 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"), early rock and roll ("Jenny, Jenny") 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" 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 Waiting", respectively)".
Source: Amazon & Wikipedia

Here's the concert in 256 kbps mp3's!

Tracklist: 1. He's Waiting, 2. Money, 3. Cinderella, 4. Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, 5. Boss Hoss, 6. Keep On Knockin', 7. The Hustler, 8. You Got Your Head On Backwards, Baby, 9. Have Love Will Travel, 10. Strychnine, 11. Lucille, 12. Walkin' the Dog, 13. Shot Down, 14. Dirty Robber, 15. Psycho, 16. Louie Louie, 17. The Witch.
Download (114 Mb): Megaupload


David said...

Totally excellent. I can still make a good argument for the Sonics being the greatest rock and roll band EVER!
I'm scared of this reincarnation but looking forward to hearing it. Many thanks.

robby said...

It's just unbelievable these people are alive and kicking these days after all these decades. And they are claiming their legacy now!.

The fathers of noise probably :-)

Thanks Bruunski!

David Snusgrop said...

Thanks dude! You're a total hero!

Kevin said...

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My blog features a wide variety of music including rock, psych-rock, blues, avant-garde, etc. I was wondering if you would be interested in swapping links. I've already added a link to your blog on mine- Eclectic Grooves. You can find it under the heading "Eclectic". if you are willing to post my link on your blog, it would be greatly appreciated.

Cheers, Kevin

Anonymous said...

The Sonics rocked, but here in the US virtually every state had its several analogues. Here in MI, things were amazingly fertile (far earlier than '69!) with documentation describing dozens to hundreds of punk/psych bands during the years 1963-onward. Much thanks!