Muthas of invention: five genre-defining artists you may never have heard of
4. Rotomagus – Fighting Cock (1971)
Rotomagus was a short-lived French psychedelic band that released a trio of singles in the late 60s/early 70s, the first two of which sounded mostly like The Association, full of paisley harmonies and other such niceties. Not sure what happened for their last blast, although they were dropped from a major label due to low sales and were sent to the minor leagues, which might be what provoked them into creating this sludgy masterpiece of sleazy proto-punk.
Ugly, purposefully sexist, and as obnoxious as anything this side of the Stooges, Fighting Cock not only presages the safety-pin panic of the Pistols, its manic slashing might also qualify it for the first hardcore punk song ever. I am reasonably sure this is all untintenional and, if anything, they were attempting to play heavy metal.
Still, holy smokes, what a bunch of filthy punks! They broke up soon after and splintered into Zep rip-offs and pop outfits.