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Just like in the US, kids in Japan moved on from their Eleki (electric) surf and instrumental guitar music to play rock ‘n’ roll inspired by The Beatles, The Stones and other British Invasion bands. A bunch of new groups like The Spiders, The Golden Cups, The Tigers, The Mops and The Carnabeats sprung up. The new wave of bands was described as Group Sounds.
Of course, the Japanese garage scene is still kicking ass with the likes of Guitar Wolf and The 18.104.22.168's (see 'Y') keeping the faithful rocking. If you want to learn more about Japanese garage music, and other genres, from any era visit the Nippop website.
Early fuzz pedals were driven by germanium transistors. Although they were less stable in higher temperatures, connoisseurs believe that these little pep pills produce the best fuzz-tone compared with later silicon based transistors. We’re sold on germanium too...