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The style, a precursor to psychedelic rock, is characterized by sometimes aggressive and unsophisticated lyrics and delivery, often using guitars distorted through a fuzzbox. Surf rock and subsequently the Beatles and the beat groups of the British Invasion motivated thousands to form bands in the USA and elsewhere from 1963 through early 1968. Hundreds produced regional hits, and a handful had national chart hits. After 1968 more sophisticated forms of rock music emerged, and such records largely disappeared from the national charts.

In the early 1970s, some critics began to refer to the style as "punk rock," the first form of music to bear this description; and it is sometimes called "garage punk," "protopunk" or "'60s punk" to distinguish it from the more commonly known punk rock of the mid and late-1970s.


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