Famous rock bands that started life in a garage

Would you believe that the beginnings of Rock ‘n’ Roll can be traced back to the humble garage? Back in the 1950s and 1960s, forming a band with friends and rehearsing in your parents’ garage was the antidote to commercially manufactured music that increasingly failed to speak to the youngsters of the day. Born in the USA – mostly in California – but quickly spreading to the UK too, Garage Rock was a way to ‘stick it to the man’ and reclaim the creative process of making popular music.

The Who

Of course, most homemade bands never achieved any commercial success to speak of, and perhaps the freedom to make music in the privacy of their own garage was enough rebellion for the majority. But among the thousands of bands formed that way are some who did make it all the way to the top. Famous rock bands that started life in a garage include:

The Who

Formed back in 1964 and with more than 100 million record sales to date, The Who are undoubtedly one of the most influential bands in the world. Founding members Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend and John Entwistle met at school in West London, while the late Keith Moon joined the band soon after. Rising to fame with hits including My Generation and I Can See For Miles, The Who have continued to make a serious contribution to rock music and are particularly credited with the ‘power chord’, the ‘windmill strum’ and the ‘guitar smash’ at live concerts.

The Ramones

The Ramones

Founded in New York in 1974, The Ramones spearheaded American Punk Rock and New Wave, with a lasting influence on many bands that came after them. Touring incessantly for 22 years and giving over 2000 concerts, none of the band’s original members – Joey, Johnny, Dee Dee and Tommy Ramone – are still alive today.

The Kinks

The Kinks

The Kinks are an iconic British rock band formed in 1963 in North London by the brothers Ray and Dave Davies. Credited with no less than 17 Top 20 singles including You Really Got Me, Sunny Afternoon, Dedicated Follower of Fashion and Waterloo Sunset, The Kinks managed what few achieved in those days – breaking into the US and UK charts.

Nirvana

Nirvana

Founded in 1987, Nirvana’s career was cut short by the tragic death of frontman Kurt Cobain in 1994. However, despite its short life span, the American grunge band from Seattle had a number of hits, including the seminal Smells Like Teen Spirit. Nirvana sold in excess of 75 million records and are often considered as one of the greatest bands of all time.

Whether you see yourself as the next Rock ’n’ Roll sensation or just want to have fun jamming with your mates, a garage is a great place to do it in. However, if you’re serious about turning your garage into a band rehearsal studio, you may need to invest in some soundproofing, just to keep the neighbours at bay!


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