The Sonics: Essential, Vital, Archetypal…and Playing Seattle

photo from the New Yorker

Since yesterday’s post was all about the new, the rest of this week will be devoted to vintage stuff that I’ve been into lately for one reason or another.   First up is the punk band that was a punk band before there was punk rock.  They are one of thee legendary bands of the pacific northwest and are often overlooked when you think of seminal bands from around here.  I’m talking about Tacoma, Washington’s the Sonics of course.  Back in the 1960’s the Sonics were H.O.T.  This band wrote so many garage rock classics it’s really not even funny.  The Witch, Boss Hoss, Psycho, Strychnine and Shot Down are all bona fide classics, not to mention their cover of Have Love Will Travel.  Wouldn’t be cool if you could have seen these guys in their prime, or ever for that matter?  Well, if you live near Seattle, then this Friday is your chance.

The band haven’t played here since 1972, which is 36 years ago, though they have played some scattered dates in New York and London.   I would love to see them, but at this point I can’t bring myself to put down $70 to do it.  Tickets actually range from $26 to $62, but the $26 ones are so far away in the balcony that you may as well rent the DVD.  They were lightening in a jar back in 1965 when you probably could have seen them for $5, It’s 2008, they’re pushing 70 and charging as much to see them, hopefully they’re able to recapture a few sparks at least on Friday at the Paramount Theatre.

mp3: The Sonics – The Witch

mp3: The Sonics – Have Love Will Travel

Buy some Sonics music!

Here is an interview that Mojo did earlier this year with singer Jerry Roslie.

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