The Sonics-The Sonics Boom
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.