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The garage rock revival is a musical phenomenon largely influenced by the original garage rock of the 1960s. Its earliest roots can be traced to the early 1970s, following the release of Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era, 1965-1968 in 1972 and continues to this day through the Western World as modern youngsters continue to pay tribute to a vanished golden age of rock and roll that was 1960s garage rock. Proto punk bands of the early '70s such as The Stooges and The New York Dolls were arguably garage rock revivalists. Iggy Pop had been in a mid-sixties, Detroit garage band, The Iguanas, who released a version of Bo Diddley's "Mona" in 1966 and recorded many other songs that fit within the genre.

The mid to late 1970s saw the arrival of the quintessential garage punk bands, who inspired all garage rock to come, most notably The Ramones, who are usually considered the first of the American punk bands. A good example of the continuing Detroit garage rock scene of this period is The Romantics.

In the 1980s, another garage rock revival saw a number of bands linked to the underground music scene earnestly trying to replicate the sound, style, and look of the '60s garage bands (see The Chesterfield Kings, The Fuzztones, The Milkshakes, and The Cynics as examples of this); this trend coincided with a similar surf rock revival, and both styles fed in into the alternative rock movement and future grunge music explosion, which some say was partially inspired by garage rock from the Seattle area like The Sonics and The Wailers, but was largely unknown by fans outside the immediate circles of the bands themselves.

This movement also evolved into an even more primitive form of garage rock that became known as garage punk by the late 1980s, thanks to bands such as The Gories, Thee Mighty Caesars, The Mummies, and The Devil Dogs. Bands playing garage punk differed from the garage rock revival bands in that they were less cartoonish caricatures of '60s garage bands and their overall sound was even more loud, obnoxious, and raw, often infusing elements of proto punk and 1970s punk rock (hence the "garage punk" term).

The garage rock revival and garage punk coexisted throughout the 1990s and into the 2000s with many independent record labels releasing thousands of records by bands playing various styles of primitive rock and roll all around the world. Some of the more prolific of these independent record labels included Estrus, Hangman, Rip Off, MuSick, In The Red, Telstar, Crypt, Dionysus, Get Hip, Bomp!, Music Maniac and Long Gone John's Sympathy for the Record Industry.

In the 2000s, a garage rock revival gained mainstream appeal and commercial airplay, something that had eluded garage rock bands of the past. This was lead by four bands christened by the media as the "The" bands: The Hives, The Vines, The Strokes, and The White Stripes, the last of which came out of the prominent Detroit rock scene which also include; Von Bondies, The Dirtbombs, The Detroit Cobras, The Go, The Sights, The Hentchmen, Fortune & Maltese and the Paybacks. Elsewhere, other lesser-known acts such as The Boss Martians, Sweet Lemons, The (International) Noise Conspiracy, Satan's Pilgrims, The 5.6.7.8's, The New Bomb Turks, the Oblivians, Teengenerate, Mando Diao, The Makers, Mooney Suzuki, The Flaming Sideburns, Guitar Wolf, Lost Sounds, The Kills, and The Young Werewolves enjoyed moderate underground success and appeal. Other notable bands that enjoyed commercial success, were Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Maddison Street Riot, The Datsuns, Kings of Leon, Jet, The Black Keys, Cold War Kids, The Pattern, The Hellacopters, The Libertines and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, though some of these bands popped up on the scene a few years following the initial wave. Even younger bands currently on the cusp have ties to the genre, including The Shys, The Parlor Mob, The Wildbirds, and Sikamor Rooney.

In the late 1990s, Steven Van Zandt ("Little Steven") became a torchbearer, spokesperson, and proponent for both garage rock and the garage rock revival, promoting concerts and festivals across the United States, and also, in 2002, starting a syndicated radio program called Little Steven's Underground Garage and has also launched The Boxen an Underground Garage channel on the Sirius Satellite Radio network. Van Zandt has described the music format as "groups that inspired the Ramones, groups inspired by the Ramones, and the Ramones."




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