‘Negasonic Teenage Warhead,’ Monster Magnet

The cover of Monster Magnet's album, "Dopes to Infinity."

The cover of Monster Magnet’s album, “Dopes to Infinity.”

You can trace the genre called stoner-rock — an amalgamation of heavy metal and psychedelic-rock — back to the ’60s, but it really flourished in the ’90s, and one of its leading bands was Red Bank’s Monster Magnet, who first gained widespread attention with “Negasonic Teenage Warhead,” from its 1995 album, Dopes to Infinity.

Twenty years later, it still packs an undeniable punch, though every time I hear it, I can’t help thinking of Cream’s “Tales of Brave Ulysses,” to which it bears a striking melodic similarity.

Check it out below.

New Jersey celebrated its 350th birthday in 2014. And in the 350 Jersey Songs series, we marked the occasion by posting 350 songs — one a day, from September 2014 to September 2015 — that have something to do with the state, its musical history, or both. To see the entire list, click here.


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