Frat-rock is like the long-lost brother of folk-rock. It has turned into a style that is significantly different from folk-rock, because of the first generation of rock fans that left high school and started going to universities. They didn’t start their own bands to perform folk music, but they wanted to get their R&B music stomped out. The genre was designed to be performed at parties that would have drinks. If you’ve seen the movie from 1978 called Animal House, then you should know that the film contains a ton of frat-rock. The writer of the movie is alumni from Harvard that remembers how the parties were back in the 60s.
What The Usual Frat-Rock Song Sounds Like
The usual frat-rock song you’ll hear will have an organ playing along with hard-hitting rhythm and blues. The similarities it has with garage-rock end there, however. Garage-rock is more focused around the guitars, while being more psychedelic, brooding, and angry. Frat-rock has a beat that’s big and stomps around, with obscene lyrics that are delivered in a drunken stupor. In conclusion, garage-rock is angry, while frat-rock is crazy.
Examples of Songs That Are Considered Frat-Rock
The Swingin’ Medallions has a song called Double Shot Of My Baby’s Love, which is much like some of their other songs. The song sounds like there’s a party going on in the studio when they recorded the song. The song has drunken hollers and hoots that accompany an organ riff that is amazing to hear. The Kingsmen has a song called Louie Louie, which is considered to be the original anthem for frat-rock parties. The band was one of the only area bands that covered the hit by Richard Berry. Sam The Sham and The Pharaohs have a song called Wooly Bully, that’s a combination of drunken fun with a dance craze. The people responsible for the song are excellent with the sounds of Tex-Mex, and they brought its energy into the frat-rock style.
The Human Beinz have a song called Nobody But Me that was the perfect song to play for a dance-off during its time. The song is the holder of the record for most times “no” is said in a song in the world. The song played in the background during the movie Kill Bill during the murder spree of Uma Thurman. Gary Bons has a song called Quarter To Three that is the best example of the crazy Norfolk Sound that he contributed to spreading the awareness of it to frats all over. The song began as a simplistic sax instrumental, which is why the song resonates with a brio that shines with R&B. The Isley Brothers have a song called Shout, which was the song that brought them up into the national charts. However, the song was brought to the world an entire two decades before Animal House could turn frat-rock into the era’s defining music. Yet, the song has gotten into people’s wedding song lists and mixtapes in the following decades.