Sunday, July 22, 2007

The Sonics-The Sonics Boom

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In the early and mid 1960's many surf and british rock bands appeared on their covers in bright colors with big grins on their faces and oftentimes holding their instruments. I guess that last bit was to assure us they were really musicians. However, the Sonics from Seattle were a pre-punk, fuzzed out, straight forward garage rock band. So for the cover of their sophomore release from 1966 they appear in stark black and white with no instruments, hands in pockets, no one is standing in a straight line and no silly smiles. It's so appropriate because there's no put-ons because they were just guys that played simple rock, but they played with an attitude an energy that was much needed at the time. I also like how the white section of the cover looks like it's been ripped aside to reveal the band. It may be easy to look past this one because of the simple style, but I think it's a cool cover once you really look at it.

3 Comments:

Blogger bob_vinyl said...

There's nothing that says that an album cover has to be complicated to be great. The degradation of the photo not just down to grayscale, but to true black and white has been used countless times by the punk bands that the Sonics helped spawn.

July 22, 2007 4:09 PM  
Blogger David Amulet said...

About as simple as it gets--whcih often is the best way to showcase the music.

-- david

July 24, 2007 5:26 AM  
Blogger Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

Yeah, I remember these guys, who get a lot of love on Underground Garage. In a way, this cover is just as mod as the British monochrome covers

July 27, 2007 5:58 AM  

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