The Garage: Home of Some of the World’s Most Influential Music

I got rid of my car, and bought a garage band instead. Music gets better gas mileage.”

We’ve already brought to your attention to some of the world’s biggest companies that started out in garages, but the humble garage has played a vital part in another fantastic area; bands and music. Everyone, whether they’re a multi-million, multi-national company or the band that’s going to take the world by storm, has to start somewhere, and a garage is an ideal place to get started.


Nirvana was formed in 1987 in Aberdeen, Washington, by singer/guitarist Kurt Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic. The band started out rehearsing in their garages and gained a lot of their initial popularity from airplay on college radio stations. Nirvana are now regarded as one of the most important and influential rock bands of the modern era.

The Ramones

Another American band that started on their path to success in a garage was the Ramones. They were founded in New York, and every member adopted a pseudonym ending with the surname of ‘Ramone’ although none of the members were related. They eventually found major success and left the garage to tour nonstop for almost 22 years, playing 2,263 concerts.

The Kinks

A garage in London once played host to a now-world-famous band; The Kinks. Formed in 1963 by the brothers Dave and Ray Davies, The Kinks rose to fame during the mid-1960s and were considered a big part of the British Invasion of the US. The band is famous for such massive hits as ‘You Really Got Me’ and ‘Waterloo Sunset’.

Foo Fighters

Although the Foo Fighters didn’t start out in a garage, Dave Grohl, their front man, did start out as the drummer for Nirvana. The Foo Fighters recorded their entire seventh album, Wasting Light, in Grohl’s garage in Encino, LA, in order to get back to a rawer sound. They even embarked on a tour of fans garages in the summer of 2011.

If you want to start the next Nirvana or start a fresh new company and are looking for a location why not rent a garage in London from Lockup Garages. You may even need one to park your car! With over 900 locations around London there will be a storage solution available for you so contact us now to discuss the possibilities on 020 8882 8575.

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