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Punk rock
Stylistic origins: 1950s R&B, rock and roll, country, and rockabilly, 1960s garage rock, frat rock, psychedelic rock, pub rock, glam rock, and proto-punk
Cultural origins: Mid 1970s United States, Australia and United Kingdom.
Typical instruments: Vocals – Guitar – Bass – Drums
Mainstream popularity: Chart-topping in the UK, less success elsewhere. Some success for pop punk, especially ska punk and Two Tone
Derivative forms: Alternative rock – Emo – Gothic rock – Grunge – Math rock – New Wave – Post-punk – post-punk revival
Subgenres
Anarcho-punk – Christian punk – Crust punk – Garage punk – Hardcore – Horror punk – Oi! – Pop punk
Fusion genres
Anti-folk – Chicano punk – Death rock – Funkcore – Jazz punk – Psychobilly – Queercore – Ska punk – Two Tone
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History – Cassette culture

Garage punk is a subgenre of punk rock. However, as with many terms applied to popular culture, the precise meaning can be hard to define. Garage punk is often used to refer to garage bands that are on small independent record labels or that aren't on labels at all (unsigned) and that happen to play some variety of punk. In that sense, garage punk (and likewise, garage rock) can be seen as a descendent of the punk and new wave movements of the late 1970s and early 1980s, as a counter-culture movement opposed to mainstream corporate rock.

In the late 1980s and into the 1990s, a new breed of revivalist punk began to fester in the indie rock underground that became known as “garage punk.” Garage punk is obviously closely related to garage rock revival, although most of these modern garage punk bands took their influences from some of the proto punk bands of the 1960s garage rock genre, such as The Sonics, The Monks, through the early 1970s (The Stooges, MC5, New York Dolls) as well as raw, simplistic "Killed By Death"-era punk rock, British pub rock, power pop and early, hard-edged new wave, rather than the British Invasion bands and their imitators. Most garage punk bands also drew heavy influences from 1950s and early '60s R&B and primitive rock'n'roll, which further helped to separate this genre from other, more common styles of punk music. Some of the first garage punk bands to appear on the scene included DMZ, The Dwarves, The Stomachmouths, Thee Mighty Caesars, Poison 13, Pussy Galore, The Gories, The Devil Dogs, Supercharger, The Mummies, The Makers, Teengenerate, The New Bomb Turks, and The Oblivians. Attitude and primitive, lo-fi, "budget rock" aesthetics were far more important to the development of garage punk than catchy melodies and fancy ’60s mod-style clothes, and that attitude was reflected in the sound of the music: primitive, dirty, raw, sleazy, sexy, menacing, noisy, and just flat-out ugly. The garage punk movement is not as interested in copying the sounds and looks of the ’60s so much as just trying to bash out some unpretentious, wild and wooly three-chord punk/rock’n’roll with a strong back beat. Some of these bands (like The Mummies, Phantom Surfers, Man or Astro-Man?, and The Bomboras) also dabbled in instrumental surf rock.

Primary garage punk artists of this era

Black Lips
Boss Hog
The Briefs
Cheater Slicks
Billy Childish
The Devil Dogs
The Drags
The Gories
Guitar Wolf
Thee Headcoats
The Hives
The Hunches
Lost Sounds
The Makers
The Mummies
New Bomb Turks
Oblivians
Reatards
The Reigning Sound
The Rip Offs
Les Sexareenos
The Spits
Supercharger
The Supersuckers
Teengenerate
The Trashwomen
The Young Werewolves

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