->''"They wanted to be Music/TheBeatles. They wanted to be [[Music/TheRollingStones the Stones]]. OK, so a couple of them made itů but what about the rest?"''
-->--Advertising blurb for the box set ''Nuggets II: Original Artifacts From the British Empire and Beyond''

Garage Rock is a raw form of rock music that is typically performed by amateur teenage musicians in {{Garage Band}}s.

The first wave of garage rock lasted from around [[TheSixties 1963 to 1968]]. Perhaps the most influential (and definitely the most frequently covered) garage rock single was "Louie Louie", a tune written by Richard Berry, reintroduced by the Sonics and the Wailers and definitively covered by the Kingsmen. However, it was TheBritishInvasion that really started the deluge; Music/TheBeatles, Music/TheRollingStones, and all the movement's other groups inspired countless teens from all over the world to form their own bands.

Nearly every early garage band that made a hit was a OneHitWonder, although some bands like The Sonics, The Standells, The Seeds, and especially Paul Revere & the Raiders were slightly luckier. (Also, major names like Music/AliceCooper, Music/TedNugent, [[Music/TheStooges Iggy Pop]] and Music/ToddRundgren got their starts in garage bands.) The double LP (and later box set) ''Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era: 1965-1968'', compiled by Music/PattiSmith Group guitarist Lenny Kaye, contains a decent amount of these hits, as well as some "deep cuts" and even novelty songs from garage and PsychedelicRock.

There is significant overlap between garage rock, SurfRock, FolkRock, TheBritishInvasion, and proto-punk. Question Mark & the Mysterians, The Monks, and a few later garage rock bands such as Music/TheStooges and Music/{{MC5}} are often considered to be the first PunkRock bands.

In TheSeventies and TheEighties, punk bands like Music/TheCramps and Music/TheRamones would create the first garage rock revival. But the most successful garage rock bands were formed in the 2000s, when Music/TheWhiteStripes, Music/TheStrokes, and Music/TheHives achieved commercial success that was unrivaled by even the first wave of garage rock bands.

The film ''Film/ThatThingYouDo'' is a tribute to this genre.
!!Some influential mid-60s American Garage Rock bands:
* Music/The13thFloorElevators ("You're Gonna Miss Me"; more PsychedelicRock than garage, but very influential on both genres)
* The Blues Magoos ("We Ain't Got Nothin' Yet")
* The Castaways ("Liar, Liar")
* The Chocolate Watchband ("Sweet Young Thing", "Are You Gonna Be There (At the Love-In)?")
* Count Five ("Psychotic Reaction")
* The Electric Prunes ("I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night," "Get Me to the World on Time"; they were at the midpoint between garage and PsychedelicRock)
* The Flamin' Groovies (started in 1965, made their major impact in TheSeventies, and [[LongRunners finally split up]] in 1992)
* The Kingsmen ("Louie Louie", "Jolly Green Giant")
* The Knickerbockers ("Lies")
* The Leaves ("Hey Joe" [which became a Garage Rock standard], "Too Many People")
* The Monks (five American servicemen stationed in West Germany whose unique sound was half-garage, half-PsychedelicRock)
* The Nazz (Music/ToddRundgren's first band; hits included "Open My Eyes" and the original version of "Hello, It's Me")
* Question Mark & the Mysterians ("96 Tears")
* The Remains ("Don't Look Back")
* Paul Revere & the Raiders ("Indian Reservation," "Kicks")
* The Rivieras ("California Sun")
* The Seeds ("Pushin' Too Hard," "Can't Seem to Make You Mine," "Mr. Farmer")
* The Shadows of Knight (their version of "Gloria" [[invoked]] CoveredUp Them's original on the American charts)
* The Sonics ("Strychnine," "Psycho," "The Witch"; considered ''the'' ancestor of Washington state's AlternativeRock scene)
* The Standells ("Dirty Water," "Sometimes Good Guys Don't Wear White")
* Music/TheStooges ("No Fun," "I Wanna Be Your Dog," "1969"; they came along too late to be part of the original movement, but combined garage rock with proto-punk)
* Music/TheTurtles (started as a garage-y FolkRock group before having pop hits like "Eleanor" and "Happy Together")
* The Trashmen ("Surfin' Bird")
* The Wailers (not ''those'' [[Music/BobMarley Wailers]]; this group was from Tacoma and recorded the song "Tall Cool One", as well as one of the better known pre-Kingsmen revivals of "Louie Louie")

!!Equally influental mid-60s UK bands who were kindred spirits:
* Music/TheAnimals
* Music/TheBeatles (without them, there would have been no British Invasion and hence no Garage Rock, at least not as we know it)
* The Creation ("Making Time")
* Music/TheKinks
* The Music/PrettyThings ("Rosalyn", "Don't Bring Me Down")
* Music/TheRollingStones (their influence on the genre can't be overstated)
* Them (Van Morrison's first band; hits included "Here Comes the Night" and the original version of "Gloria")
* The Troggs ("Wild Thing", "I Can't Control Myself", "Love Is All Around")
* Music/TheWho
* Music/TheYardbirds

!!Bands from TheSeventies, TheEighties and later who helped revive Garage Rock:
* Music/ArcticMonkeys
* Music/CageTheElephant
* The Chesterfield Kings
* Music/TheCramps (they mixed Garage with Music/{{Rockabilly}} and {{Exploitation Film}}s)
* DMZ and their SpinOff The Lyres
* The Detroit Cobras
* The Fleshtones
* Music/TheHives
* Lime Spiders (legends in Australia, but screwed themselves over by continuing to release their work mainly on vinyl and cassette in the late 80's and 90's)
* Music/{{Mudhoney}}
* Music/TheRamones
* Music/TheStrokes
* The Vines
* The Von Bondies
* Music/TheWhiteStripes

!!Tropes associated with Garage Rock:
* {{Flanderization}}: The original 60s garage bands were a diverse bunch; several bands performed [[Music/TheBeatles Beatles-like]] PowerPop or [[Music/TheByrds Byrds]]-ish FolkRock. However, the genre became best known for bands influenced by the tougher, R&B-inspired side of TheBritishInvasion, such as Music/TheRollingStones, Music/TheWho, Music/TheAnimals, Music/TheKinks and Music/TheYardbirds.
* NamesTheSame[=/=][[SimilarlyNamedWorks Similarly Named Groups]]: In those pre-internet days, it was all too easy for bands in different cities or countries to give themselves identical names without realizing it. Particular favorites included the Missing Links (used by 9 different bands), the Chosen Few (10 bands) and the Coachmen (11 bands).
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Most original garage bands were male, although there were a handful of female bands.
* ThreeChordsAndTheTruth: Garage Rock makes musical and lyrical simplicity a virtue, partly out of necessity. One of its most appealing aspects is its contention that ''anybody'' can be in a band, with only a minimal amount of practice.