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Various Artists: I Need You Bad

I Need You Bad, compilation album, garage rock, Sonny & the Sunsets, Sonny Smith, Shannon and the Clams, Shannon Shaw, garage rock compilation, Bay Area, San Francisco, west coast bands, west coast music, polyvinyl recordsVarious Artists — I Need You Bad

Release date(s): Nov. 26
Our Rating: 3.5/5
Spec Recs: “Higher,” “Hot Summer,” “Honey Goes”
In one word: Thorough

Music fans may find themselves questioning how a genre or scene came to be. Even the things we assume to be truth are often debunked as falsities…eventually. Then I Need You Bad comes along. Curated by Sonny Smith (of Sonny & the Sunsets), and featuring cover art by Shannon Shaw of Shannon and the Clams, this compilation documents the garage scene that is alive and well in the Bay Area and even beyond its boundaries, as every band on the album is not SF-based or exclusively of the garage-rock persuasion.

True to its compilation nature, the album features a mix. Not all of the songs are what one would traditionally consider to be “garage rock,” but the music still captures elements from a scene that is becoming more prominent and beloved around the world. The album includes multiple pieces that can come together to make one but are still substantial on their own. My personal favorites are ¬†tracks that fit more comfortably under the classification of garage rock, including The Memories‘ “Higher,” Cool Ghouls‘ “Hot Summer,” and “Honey Goes” by Wet Illustrated.

Anyone interested inWest Coast bands -particularly Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland and Portland groups- that epitomize the growing garage scene should indulge in this compilation as a starting point.

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