“Shake” – Shadows of Knight

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The Shadows of Knight’s biggest and best-known song is their cover of Them’s “Gloria” (Them was Van Morrisson’s original band). However, in my opinion, “Shake” blows their version of “Gloria” out of the water. Some damn good 60s garage punk.

“Hate to Say I Told You So” – The Hives

For a brief period during the early – mid 2000s, lo-fi garage punk seemed like the “the next big thing.”  While the genre had been around for years, the White Stripes brought it to the mainstream and achieved huge commercial success, surprisingly with little-to-no commercial polish present.  Seriously, those White Stripes recordings from that period sound like they came directly from the Crypt Records catalog.  The Hives (from Sweden)  were another band from that period everyone expected to be big and while they achieved some recognition, it wasn’t on the level of the Stripes.  Still, their music was truly wonderfully grungy stuff.   10 years later, this still packs a punch.  And it’s nice to see they’re carrying on the fine Swedish pop band tradition by wearing matching suits.