From Garage to Arena: What Bands Started in Garages?

Garage BandIt’s a common misconception that garage bands are the annoying group of teens playing skate punk/grunge/death metal too loud in the wee hours of the morning. Although those do exist, there are many more that got started in a garage, found themselves some limelight, and solidified their place in music immortality.

In honor of the LiftMaster Garage Band Competition, in which the garage door opener company offered amateur bands a chance at the spotlight—mainstaging the Charlotte Motor Speedway 600 and receiving a $5,000 cash prize—we would like to share with you a few bands that started in a garage and now live in the annals of music history.

The following list, by no means exhaustive, includes some one-hit wonders as well as some of the key pieces of music history. We’ve named 10 bands, and provided a link to view a song by each on YouTube.

  1. Nirvana (Smells Like Teen Spirit)
  2. The Ramones (Blitzkrieg Bop)
  3. The Kingsmen (Louie, Louie)
  4. Creedence Clearwater Revival (Bad Moon Rising)
  5. Paul Revere and the Raiders (Kicks)
  6. The Who (Baba O’Riley)
  7. Buddy Holly (Everyday)
  8. Weezer (Buddy Holly)
  9. The Kinks (You Really Got Me Going)
  10. Soul Asylum (Runaway Train)

For a much more detailed list of bands that started in garages, bands that had the garage rock sound, and the garage rock revival from the 1980s to present, head over to the Wikipedia list of Garage Rock bands.

Who’s the next garage band to make it big? Head over to the LiftMaster Garage Band Challenge and vote for your favorite among the following four bands hoping to win the cash prize and play after the trials at the Coca-Cola 600. By voting, you have an opportunity to head down to watch the race yourself and meet Kasey Kahne. Vote now.

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