The Sonics – Here Are The Sonics (1965)

!!!Here Are The Sonics!!! is the debut album by American garage rock band the Sonics, released in March 1965. The album features the original songs “The Witch” (a minor regional hit), “Psycho”, “Boss Hoss” and “Strychnine”, along with an assortment of rock and roll and R&B covers.

!!!Here Are The Sonics!!! was released in 1965 by record label Etiquette. It was re-released in 1999 in mono by Norton Records.

The album was very influential on later punk rock music due to its raw energy.

Track Listing:

Side A
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. “The Witch” Gerry Roslie 2:41
2. “Do You Love Me” Berry Gordy, Jr. 2:19
3. “Roll Over Beethoven” Chuck Berry 2:49
4. “Boss Hoss” Roslie 2:24
5. “Dirty Robber” (The Fabulous Wailers cover) John Greek, Kent Morrill, Rick Dangel 2:03
6. “Have Love Will Travel” Richard Berry 2:04

Side B
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. “Psycho” Roslie 2:18
2. “Money (That’s What I Want)” Gordy, Jr., Janie Bradford 2:01
3. “Walking the Dog” Rufus Thomas 2:46
4. “Night Time Is the Right Time” Lew Herman 2:58
5. “Strychnine” Roslie 2:13
6. “Good Golly Miss Molly” John Marascalco, Robert Blackwell 2:09

Review: The Sonics that Wailers bassist Buck Ormsby took into a small studio and unleashed on the world show a live band at the peak of its power, ready to mow down the competition without even blinking twice. Their debut long-player (originally issued on the Etiquette imprint) is reprised here with new liner notes by Norton prexy Miriam Linna in the original mono. The flame-throwing hits of “The Witch,” “Psycho,” “Boss Hoss,” and “Strychnine” are aboard, along with versions of “Do You Love Me,” “Dirty Robber,” “Have Love Will Travel,” and “Walkin’ the Dog” that are no less potent. This long-play vinyl reissue also boasts the addition of four bonus tracks: “Keep a Knockin'” (the original B-side of “The Witch”) and three selections from an Etiquette Christmas album, “Don’t Believe in Christmas,” “The Village Idiot,” and “Santa Claus.” Another important chunk of Seattle rock & roll history. — Cub Koda

Schill Score: 6/10

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