Best Proto-Punk Bands

The Top Ten

1 Iggy and the Stooges Iggy and the Stooges The Stooges, also known as Iggy and the Stooges, are an American proto-punk band from Ann Arbor, Michigan, first active from 1967 to 1974, and later reformed in 2003. Although they sold few records in their original incarnation, and often performed for indifferent or hostile audiences, the Stooges are ...read more.

Agreed on being top - zxm

Hehehehehehe I like those Stooges

2 The Who The Who The Who is an English rock band formed in London, England in 1964 . The members are Roger Daltrey (lead singer), Pete Townshend (guitarist), John Entwistle (bassist), and Keith Moon (drums). They are best known for their live performances and hit songs Baba O'Riley, My Generation, and Won't Get Fooled ...read more.

Their first album is concidered as the first " punk " record. Punk lyrics, speedy drumstyle of Keith Moon, lots of feedback on guitar...etc...

The who is not really a punk rock band. not from music. but they wrote punk lyrics - zxm

3 The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground was an American rock band, active between 1964 and 1973, formed in New York City.
4 MC5

Yes, agreed here. kick out the jams is a punk rock song, was very fast - zxm

5 New York Dolls
6 The Electric Eels
7 The Doors The Doors The Doors were an American rock band formed in 1965 in Los Angeles, with vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore.

If Jim Morrison wasn't a punk, nobody ever was.

The sound isn't punk but everything the Doors were about signaled punk

Biggest punk attitude ever

8 The Dictators
9 Death Death Death was an American death metal band formed in 1983 by Chuck Schuldiner. Death is considered to be one of the most influential bands in heavy metal and a pioneering force in death metal. Its debut album, Scream Bloody Gore, has been widely regarded as the first death metal record, while the band's ...read more.

The image is wrong here - zxm

The picture is for the wrong band. Death was a band formed on 1973 on Detroit. It was punk, not heavy metal. Just ignore the description fhing

10 The Kinks The Kinks The Kinks are an English rock band formed in Muswell Hill, North London, in 1964 by brothers Ray and Dave Davies. They are regarded as one of the most important and influential rock bands of the 1960s.

The opening chords of you really got me inspired a bunch of kids to get a guitar and start bands in their parents garage. Should be deserves a spot on this list.

The Contenders

11 Rocket From The Tombs
12 The Music Machine
13 13th Floor Elevators
14 Crushed Butler
15 The Fugs
16 The Punks

good name - zxm

17 The Seeds The Seeds
18 Pink Fairies
19 The Godz
20 The Monks
21 The Chocolate Watchband
22 Count Five

Psychotic reaction. As a matter of fact the version by the "positively 13 o clock" is more punk. Also this is a very limited list because there were litterally thousands garage-punk bands in the sixties. You can consider them as the godfathers of the war against the establishment. Good compilations if you starting listen to this kind of music are "pebbles","back from the grave".

23 Blue Cheer Blue Cheer Blue Cheer was an American rock band that initially performed and recorded in the late 1960s and early 1970s and was sporadically active until 2009. Based in San Francisco, Blue Cheer played in a psychedelic blues rock style, and are also credited as being some of the earliest pioneers of heavy metal, ...read more.
24 The Deviants
25 Hawkwind
26 Simply Saucer
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