The Standells are a garage rock band from Los Angeles, California, formed in the 1960s, who have been referred to as the “Godfathers of Punk Rock”, and are best known for their 1966 hit “Dirty Water,” now the anthem of several Boston sports teams.
According to critic Richie Unterberger,
“”Dirty Water” [was] an archetypal garage rock hit with its Stones-ish riff, lecherous vocal, and combination of raunchy guitar and organ. While they never again reached the Top 40, they cut a number of strong, similar tunes in the 1966-1967 era that have belatedly been recognized as ’60s punk classics. “Garage rock” may not have been a really accurate term for them in the first place, as the production on their best material was full and polished, with some imaginative touches of period psychedelia and pop.”
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The Standells – Dirty Water