Friday Playlist: Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

Some of the best 1960s garage rock.

Forget fancy production values or elaborate arrangements—these songs are all about fuzzy guitar riffs and making noise.

Illustration by Minna


  • bluemeanie96 October 19th, 2012 11:24 PM

    all of these artists are awesome but…no 13th floor elevators they are like the coolest 60′s psychedelic garage-rock band (in my humble opinion)

  • Mary the freak October 20th, 2012 6:16 AM

    These songs are really making my day. I am dancing around like I am weird. (Yes I am weird.)

  • Sandrine October 20th, 2012 8:05 AM

    Coooool! This has got me dancing!

  • KatyKamikaze October 20th, 2012 11:06 AM

    an excellent selection!

  • Tasya October 20th, 2012 11:19 AM

    YES. but you missed out The Cramps!

    • Anna F. October 20th, 2012 1:26 PM

      Nope! This is a playlist focuses on 1960s garage rock; the Cramps didn’t form until the late 70s. Similar sounds though!

      • Tasya October 25th, 2012 8:52 AM

        oh i did NOT realise that hahaha. great playlist nonetheless!

  • Sssophiabh October 20th, 2012 2:22 PM


  • alanna October 20th, 2012 3:50 PM

    Next week’s playlist should be 60s garage rock REVIVAL! (Gruesomes, Black Lips, King Khan, any band on a Mongrel Zine comp, etc.)

  • girluwant October 20th, 2012 5:13 PM

    the gruesomes arent from the 60s but if you like this stuff you should def listen to them!!!

    • Anna F. October 20th, 2012 9:20 PM

      Thanks for sharing, I’m listening now

  • KayKayPhotographer October 21st, 2012 9:59 AM

    Awesome selection-lots of songs and groups I have never heard of before. Sounds like stuff John Waters would use in his films-maybe he has, I just don’t realize it.

  • mickeyf19 October 21st, 2012 12:17 PM


    its cute how they loved the beatles enough to make their band. :3

  • BritishFish October 21st, 2012 8:34 PM

    Greatest playlist yet. Keep suggesting more things people! You all have amazing taste and I was amazed by how many songs I had never heard.

  • jackief October 26th, 2012 11:45 AM

    Seriously awesome song selections!! Thank you for sharing!

  • Aliyah October 27th, 2012 4:54 PM

    I love this playlist! ♥