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Is this the patient zero song?

2010/08/16

“I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you can see all sorts of things you can’t see from the center.” – Kurt Vonnegut

In 1966, a teenage garage band from NYC called the Groupies released a song on a 45  called “Primitive” that may be the epitome of the garage rock sound. Modeled after the Yardbirds version of “Smokestack Lightening” but listen closely and you can hear the future of all of rock & roll. The sneer of the vocals is pure punk, the words themselves are pure hippie idealism, the drums harken to the future of industrial music to come, the guitar and harmonica interplay with the echo effects portend the progressive & psychedelic genres of the next year or two and the overall lo-fi vibe reeks of the first hard rock that will rear its head soon after the psych & prog scene wear out their time in 4 years or so (hard rock giving way to heavy metal soon after).

Groupies – Primitive