Tuesday, June 23, 2015

And The Winner of the Pacific Northwest Battle of the Garage Bands Is...

We have a winner in our Pacific Northwest Battle of the Garage Bands!
I don't think anybody is surprised that The Sonics have unanimously won the coveted Pacific Northwest Battle of the Garage Bands competition. Quite frankly, we could have put up three of their earliest singles and any of them would likely have won the top spot. That's how good they are. A little more surprising is how high The Daily Flash finished. We love the record, but that is quite the honor to get ahead of The Wailers and The Kingsmen, two of the most influential bands in the region.

The Sonics are now the kings of the last United States region. That's 11 regions in all!  But we're not done. We so love our brothers to the north that we are going to include Canada for the next round. A lot of geography for just a few singles, but I think it will be worth it. Plus, it will give us an even number for our bracket system that will soon pit the winner of each region against the winner of another region. We'll battle each band against each other until we can crown one big winner in the coveted Battle of the Garage Bands. Dare we say, crown one single as THEE greatest North American garage single ever!

So, The Sonics take a breather and wait to see what Canada can give us. That will start tomorrow. Until then, enjoy a cut from all eleven winners.

Pacific Northwest: The Sonics - Cinderella/Louie Louie

Northern California: The Chocolate Watchband - Are You Gonna Be There/No Way Out 
Southern California: The Misunderstood - Children Of The Sun/I Unseen
Rocky Mountains: Phil and the Frantics: Say That You Will/'Till You Get What You Want
Mid-West: The Litter with Action Woman/Legal Matter

Texas: The 13th Floor Elevators with You're Gonna Miss Me/Tried To Hide

New England: The Squires with Going All The Way and Go Ahead

The South: The Bad Roads with Too Bad/Blue Girl

Great Lakes: The Shadows of Knight with Bad Little Woman/Gospel Zone

The Mid-Atlantic: The Enfields with She Already Has Somebody/I'm For Things You Do

New York: The Blues Magoos with We Ain't Got Nothing Yet/Gotta Get Away
Until next time, we'll see you On The Flip-Side!