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The Witch

from thee dirtybeats by THEE DIRTYBEATS

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The Sonics were infamous for recording techniques that a decade later alternative producers like Steve Albini would envy and emulate. Their 1965 debut "Here Are The Sonics" was recorded on a two-track tape recorder, using a single microphone for the entire drum kit. For their 1966 follow-up "Boom", the band ripped the soundproofing off the walls of the studio to "get a live-er sound".

Thee Dirtybeats' version of this fine example of early proto-punk features Jamie on guitar, lead vocal and witch cackle.


from thee dirtybeats, released September 25, 2011
Jamie ld vox, ld gtr; Andras gtr, vox; Andrew bass, vox; Ken drums

"THE WITCH" - originally recorded by THE SONICS (Tacoma, WA): 1964 Jerden Records, Valet Publishing BMI wr. Gerald Roslie

DISCLAIMER: This album is intended as a loving not-for-profit tribute to great garage rock artists of the past, and IS NOT FOR SALE. Thee Dirtybeats specifically disclaim any rights to the songs herein. All rights remain with the existing copyright holders. If you are one of those holders, and wish your song removed from this album, please contact Thee Dirtybeats at theedirtybeats@gmail.com and we will do so immediately.




THEE DIRTYBEATS Chapel Hill, North Carolina

THEE DIRTYBEATS (Chapel Hill NC) specialize in aggressive, maximally fuzzed-out vintage garage rock and psych from the 60s, the sound that inspired early proto-punk pioneers like the MC5 and the Stooges.

Debut ep lineup photo by Maria Brubeck: (from L to R) Ken Friedman - drums, vox on "Wild Man"; Andras Fekete - vox, guitar; Andrew Meadors - bass; Jamie McLendon - vox, guitar
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