The Sonics boomed out of Tacoma, Washington in 1960 as a teenage band under the leadership of guitarist Larry Parypa. By 1964, the classic lineup was in place with Parypa; his brother Andy (bass); Lind; Bob Bennett (drums); and Jerry Roslie (lead vocals/keyboards). Roslie’s throat-shredding, pitch-shattering, utterly unhinged vocals became the Sonics’ sonic calling card. In the liner notes to the compilation Psycho-Sonic, the singer would remember that he sang so hard “chunks of meat” would sometimes come out of his throat after gigs.
But a funny thing happened over the ensuing years: The Sonics became a cult band, their pre-CD compilation albums fetched high prices, there was talk of them as the “original punk rock band,” and their music began popping up in TV and movies. The Cramps and The Flaming Lips covered “Strychnine”; Kurt Cobain and Jack White sang their praise