"Reactor" by Nots
Most Memphis line: React, react or reactor/You know you’re capable of worse/[Not sure anyone knows the rest of the lyrics!]
Big time Memphis up-and-comers, this all-girl garage band took pieces of the local punk sound and filtered it into something completely unique. Natalie Hoffmann, Charlotte Watson, Meredith Lones, and Alexandra Eastburn bring it with echoing guitars, powerful drums, synthesizers, and gang vocals.
While most of the above tracks feature local or regional artists, tons of other acts came here to get some of that famous Memphis mojo on their records: Wilson Pickett, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, Cheap Trick, ZZ Top, The Replacements, R.E.M. -- the list goes on and on. So what was the greatest record ever made that was ALMOST recorded in Memphis? Confirmed by a 1966 letter from George Harrison to Atlanta DJ Paul Drew, the Beatles originally wanted to record Revolver at Stax, but for various reasons couldn’t make it happen. It’s hard to imagine what Revolver would have sounded like if it had been marinated in BBQ sauce instead of tea and biscuits, but it is a lot of fun to try.
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Stacey Greenberg has Al Green's Greatest Hits on repeat. She's the author of the award-winning blog, Dining with Monkeys.