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There are at least four bands and one radio show sharing the name The Avengers:

For Avengers, San Francisco see Avengers the first wave of American Punk. Penelope Houston

1) The Avengers was an American group from Bakersfield, California. The first incarnation came together in 1964, as a surf six-piece. Where the name came from is unknown, but the hip British TV series ‘The Avengers’ had started running on the BBC two years earlier. The group soon latched on to the new sound of the British Invasion and bands like The Beatles, but also American acts like Paul Revere & the Raiders and The Music Machine. Between 1965 and 1967 The Avengers released five 45s and played support slots for the likes of The Beach Boys, The Animals, The Seeds and The Music Machine. They didn’t have a hit, but their song “Be a Caveman” has become legendary in garage circuits for having the sort of lyric you’d think everyone would write but never really did. Other songs that have turned up on garage compilations are “It’s Hard to Hide” and its b-side “Open Your Eyes”. The Avengers had unusually short hair, because they were still in school and were afraid to get suspended.


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