Some of the best rock and roll ever created was meant to be a bit rough around the edges. Even with bands that love to use the studio as an instrument, the root of all good rock and roll is making some of the noisiest music you can possibly create, as you try to push the limits of how far you can go with a guitar and an amplifier. The British Invasion may have revived the rock scene, but the real rockers started to tap into something more primal.
In between the likes of the Rolling Stones and the Animals coming over, there were just as many bands that were willing to get by on playing the loudest music that they could, and hit on something transcendent in the process.
Although not all of these might fall under the traditional umbrella of garage rock, they all have the aesthetic of what you would expect from the more ramshackle parts of the genre, whether that be the no frills attitude of the music or the raw power that you get just by hearing these musicians plugging into amplifiers. The studio may be an open canvas for artists, but it can also slow you down if you aren’t careful. Sometimes you just need the right band to come along and tear your head off.
10. Black Monk Time - The Monks
When you go back to the stone age of rock and roll, most bands were just making what they could with the bare minimum. Even when you look at acts like Little Richard or Chuck Berry who paved the way for modern day rock and roll, there's not really a lot going on in a majority of the mixes of these tracks. They still had the basic foundation, the Monks had next to nothing and still came through with a classic.
Because these guys were never really cut out to be rockstars. Forming after meeting up in the Army, they went ahead and sought music out in their spare time, and came out with something much more caustic than what people were used to in the '60s. Compared to the stuff that was coming out during the British Invasion era of pop music, this feels like the Americanized dirty version of it, like taking those Little Richard tunes that the Beatles were covering and somehow making them sound even more off the rails.
Although there is a timestamp for this record in the '60s, the whole thing almost seems to verge on punk music in its aesthetic, sounding like everyone just messing around the studio and just seeing what comes of it. The Ramones may have presented the idea of punk to the world, but the real rebels of the rock scene started to get in touch with the dangerous side a few years earlier.