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Dead Moon - Thirteen Off My Hook (1990) & Crack In The System (1994)
In December of 2006 an era ended. After 20 years of playing practically the same three songs in hundreds of variations, Fred Cole's Dead Moon called it quits. During this time they've been the poster boys for how a garage band should be like - straightforward, approachable, and fueled with conviction - demonstrating that you can just live your dream as long as you don't give a rat's ass about anything else. As a result they've slowly built a devoted following (mostly in Europe - even mild success deluded them in the States, despite playing every festival they could find in their home state of Oregon), who go as far as tattoing the Dead Moon logo on various body parts.
In this time, Dead Moon played countless gigs, but managed to put out a respectable amount of LPs as well, all on their own Tombstone label, all sounding like they've been recorded in a garage, all originally available on Vinyl only, all of them in MONO (hey!), and most featuring black-and-white album covers that looked like posters of 60s B-movies. If this isn't garage, you tell me what is.
Thirteen Off My Hook is from 1990 and includes my favorite Dead Moon song, D.O.A., while Crack in the System is the overall better album (and doesn't sound as muffled). After their hiatus, Sub Pop compiled a neat box set (letting Fred Cole pick his favorite songs), called Echoes of the Past. It features 49 songs and would be a bit too large to post here, but any Dead Moon fan should own this.