Saturday, April 09, 2005

Link Wray V's The Mono Men

Link Wray is the missing link in the history of rock guitar. He pioneered the distorted fuzz-tone sound and is considered to be the godfather of the guitar power chord and the father of heavy metal rock.

His 1958 million-seller "Rumble" is an intense, moody guitar instrumental intended to capture the feel of a gang fight. It had socially conscious groups petition to have the tune banned because of its perceived association with juvenile delinquency. Rumble reached #16 that year and established Wray as an artist, who is still touring today.

Bellingham, Washington's The Mono Men were one of America's best combos during the 1990's surf and garage rock revivalism and are equally proficient at proto-punk, surf-guitar and boozed-up R&B.

The Mono Men were also responsible for forming and running the garage rock label Estrus Records. The band broke up in 1998, but Dave Crider is now playing and touring with The Dts.

Link Wray - Rumble

The Mono Men - Rumble


Blogger Spoilt Victorian Child said...

Absolutely fantastic, haven't heard Link Wray in ages....
Thanks for reminding me how great this man is.


Mon Apr 18, 11:00:00 pm  
Blogger MAB said...

Hey Simon, sorry for the extreme delay in this response. Glad you liked the track - hopefully it's given you the desire to listen to some more of Link Wray's catalog.

Everyone should check out Simon's really groovy site Spoilt Victorian Child

Mon Apr 25, 10:03:00 pm  

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