Pop/Rock  •  Rock & Roll/Roots

Frat Rock

Frat Rock was garage rock before there was garage rock -- big, dumb party music that was raw, ragged, and fun. Songs like "Double Shot of My Baby's Love" and "Louie Louie" -- singles that were so catchy and so simple, any band could cover them and sound good. These songs were favorites of covers bands in the early '60s, when local bands frequently played parties at fraternity houses. This scene, of course, was immortalized in John Landis' 1978 comedy classic Animal House, which affectionately sent up these pre-Beatles years.