Psycho / Maintaining My Cool (Gold Vinyl)
If one were forced to name one song that exemplifies the Sonics' revolutionary garage-punk sound, one would have to choose the band's nerve-crushing, soul-shattering 1964 landmark "Psycho." Boasting a drunkenly careening sax, a rampaging rhythm section and a wailing, throat-shredding vocal, this enduring classic is paired here with the attitudinal anthem "Maintaining My Cool," which is widely regarded as one of the crowning achievements of the Sonics' Jerden years.
In their mid-'60s heyday, the Sonics pioneered a wildly aggressive, distortion-laden style that set a widely emulated standard for propulsive punk raunch. Driven by the commanding, blood-curdling howl of Gerry Roslie and the raucous, screaming guitar of Larry Parypa, the Tacoma, Washington quintet pioneered a pummeling, primitive and supremely infectious sound that served as the blueprint for multiple generations of garage, punk and grunge combos, none of whom ever quite managed to equal the Sonics' feral ferocity. In the decades since the Sonics first made their mark, the band's influence and mystique have grown steadily, with their relatively few recordings attaining mythic status amongst lovers of raw, undiluted rock 'n' roll.
Now, Sundazed honors the Sonics' awe-inspiring legacy with this tornadic trio of the band's original vintage 7" Jerden label singles, all originally released in 1966 and now restored to their original vinyl glory and decked out in snazzy new picture sleeves featuring fab vintage photos.
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