Various Artists – Required Etiquette

Classic frat-rock spanning 1964-66

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While LA was carving its rep as crucible of ’60s garage rock, the parallel Pacific Northwest scene was boiling up a mean old stonk of its own. Centred around the twin Washington scenes of Seattle and Tacoma, The Wailers’ Etiquette label threw up the raw strut’n’raunch of The Galaxies, Paul Bearer & The Hearsemen and the now legendary Sonics (see The White Stripes for details). Nestling alongside unissued takes on the latter’s “Psycho”, “The Witch” and “Shot Down” is an unreleased curio from Ron Davies (“Mistake”), whose “It Ain’t Easy” was famously covered on The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust…

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