Rabz’ Radio Show Rocktober 2022: Psychedelia


This is my favourite musical genre. As various R&B purveyors in the sixties got a bit older, they started experimenting with illicit substances other than amphetamines, such as THC, LSD, mescaline and psilocybin.

Consequently, the music became far more complex (and occasionally extremely self-indulgent) and was meant to reflect an alternate consciousness, if getting totally off your face on the aforementioned substances could be dignified with such a term. See for example, the difference in musical style between Help and Rubber Soul, recorded after the Beatles had recently experienced Mary Jane (courtesy of one Bob Dylan) and LSD. Syd Barrett, the founder of and key initial figure in Pink Floyd was a salutary example of what happens when too much LSD is barely enough.    

The Psychedelic style has remained a musical staple since the late sixties, nonetheless. The definitive (for me) record of 1967’s (northern) “Summer of Love” was the Monterey Pop Festival, so gloriously essayed in the D A Pennebaker film – although the standout performance is by Otis Redding, who was most certainly not a purveyor of Psychedelia. Various movies of the time also sought to explore the “altered consciousness” concept, including “The Trip” and “Vanishing Point”, not to mention “Easy Rider”.

Some of my favourite examples of the genre post the sixties include Naz Nomad and the Nightmares and the Dukes of Stratosphear (the Damned and XTC respectively). Primal Scream also mined the genre with their 1997 epic, “Vanishing Point” (named after the film), which included an awesome homage to Syd Barrett, “Burning Wheel”.

The other wonderful thing about Psychedelia is the fashion style and the instruments. Stoves, suede Chelsea boots, paisley shirts, mop top haircuts, granny glasses, suede fringed or Levi’s jackets, mellotrons and twelve string guitars (hello, Rickenbackers).  

Some other bands and artists that have dabbled in the genre include:

The Byrds

Jimi

Jefferson Airplane

The Dandy Warhols

The Church

Barely scratching the surface. No doubt there are many artists, bands and songs that will be posted by Cats this evening. Now again, comes the hard part – picking two intro songs. Let’s have some local flavour:

The Church (1981)

The Moffs (1984)

Enjoy, Cats!


114 responses to “Rabz’ Radio Show Rocktober 2022: Psychedelia”

  1. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    Hello?

  2. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    I really have to start with this one, which manages to be both a tribute to psychedelica and a satire of it. It’s also great fun, and did well on the charts.

    Deee-Lite – Groove Is In The Heart (1990)

  3. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    Does this qualify? I think it does.

  4. Wally Dalí Avatar
    Wally Dalí

    Testing
    Is this thing on?

  5. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    Or maybe this.

  6. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    Or this, from The Dead’s second album.

    See if you can work out why it’s called The Eleven.

  7. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    Enjoy!

  8. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    Another worthy tribute to the genre.

    No Quarter – Tool (2000, Led Zeppelin cover)

    The video alone is enough to get you to another planet.

  9. Tony Taylor Avatar
    Tony Taylor

    For me the defining album of 1967 is Forever Changes.

  10. Wally Dalí Avatar
    Wally Dalí

    The Funkees – Break Through
    Acid drippin’ funk from Nigeria.

  11. Tony Taylor Avatar
    Tony Taylor

    Sorry, I accidentally reported a comment. No idea which one. But if someone gets vapourised, know that I will remember you fondly, whoever you are.

    PS: another vote for Traffic.

  12. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    Roger started it.

    Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds (1967)

    A Day In The Life (1967)

  13. Dragnet Avatar
    Dragnet

    The 13th Floor Elevators were great purveyors of the genre in that initial 1965-67 period.
    Dick Clark (?) Interviewed the band,
    Q: Who’s the head of the band ?
    A: we’re all heads

  14. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    House of Love – a tribute to their favourite artists …

  15. Dragnet Avatar
    Dragnet

    And yep closer to home The Moffs were an awesome experience in 1984-86

  16. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    Turn this one up to eleventy, peoples!

    ’89 writ large

    Waterfall/Don’t Stop

  17. Dragnet Avatar
    Dragnet

    Ah snap Eric Hinton

  18. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    The Moffs were an awesome experience in 1984-86

    I was mates with Nick Potts at university. They were of course, best experienced in that dingy hot box in the Strawberry Hills Hotel.

  19. Old Goat Avatar
    Old Goat

    If you look at what the media and most of the twitterati are spouting they are using some serious hallucinogens . Most of the posters here were around when the hippy age occurred but embraced reality . In the end it was heroin that decimated this genre . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-GUjA67mdc pretty sums it up .

  20. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    Be-in

    Fine pop band the Dandy Warhols! We used to be friends is an anthem.

  21. eric hinton Avatar
    eric hinton

    Slightly OT … should have spun this one on the live show

    Billy Orphan’s Tears Shooting Screen

    Any Sandgroper know of other bands the guitarist (Bradley Clark) was in?

  22. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    Oceanic lights are cleverly dim
    Bluish features in the lower reaches
    We raise our traffic flares to him
    Fishnet girlish the red ones spark
    Holy arks trapped in the dark …

    The more I see the less I look
    Here’s another name I took
    Listen in the early morning air
    The remnants of their evening wear …

    Branching off the road winds east
    Deluxe locations just near completion
    Come dine with wine and oyster feast
    The pearls are real have one for free
    They’re washed up by the foam waved sea …

    The more I look the less I smile
    Never mind let’s stay awhile
    The fans blow secrets on the night
    Out of mind but not out of sight …

    Is this where you live
    Is this where you live
    Is this where you live?

  23. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    Back to business, these two tracks go together all the way to orbit.

    Space Oddity – Bowie (1969)

    Ashes To Ashes – Bowie (1980)

  24. Wally Dalí Avatar
    Wally Dalí

    The Bees- These Are The Ghosts
    from the smuggler’s Isle of Jersey, confessed that the only substances which they could access were the Blue Meanie mushrooms, which grow on horse patties.

  25. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    The Stones only ever pretended to dabble in Psychedelia, although they did gift us this most underrated classic:

    2000 light years from home

  26. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    Old Goat – that album is awesome. I love The Stranglers. So here’s another one from them:

    Ice Queen – The Stranglers (1984)

  27. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    And of course, She’s a rainbow

  28. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    Tame Impala, back in the midst of bat flu madness …

  29. Harlequin Decline Avatar
    Harlequin Decline

    Here’s one of the earliest I can remember. Circa 65, Yardbirds with Shapes of Things.

  30. Wally Dalí Avatar
    Wally Dalí

    Temples – Colours To Life
    The youngsters punch it home with a three-chorus throwback.

  31. Wally Dalí Avatar
    Wally Dalí

    Nice one Harlequin, I’d cued that one up myself

  32. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    Is this where you live

    Reminds me of another track, by Icehouse. As trippy as you can get:

    The Ghost Of Time – Icehouse (31 Dec 1999)

    Twenty minutes of pretty amazing. I was watching it live at the time, the video doesn’t have the clarity to do it justice. It was a complete blast. Welcome little new millennium!

  33. Harlequin Decline Avatar
    Harlequin Decline

    Thanks Walli, how could anyone beat Beck, Clapton and Page?

  34. Harlequin Decline Avatar
    Harlequin Decline

    White Rabbit would be my second post, fantastic song but that’s already been posted by Roger.

  35. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    Sugar Hiccup – the original and the best (i.e. no staggeringly beautiful soft tummied brunettes going all whimsical) …

  36. Harlequin Decline Avatar
    Harlequin Decline

    So that leaves one that Mr Rabz brought to my attention a few years ago…Black Angels-Young Men Dead.

  37. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    Tame Impala, back in the midst of bat flu madness

    Totally trippy…

    Tame Impala – Half Full Glass Of Wine (2008)

  38. Wally Dalí Avatar
    Wally Dalí

    White Denim – Drug
    Made on – drugs
    About – drugs
    Feels like – …

  39. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    Silk

    An homage to this band, I reckon.

  40. Wally Dalí Avatar
    Wally Dalí

    Tame Impala –
    I Knew Them Before They Were Famous.
    They were unknowns opening for post-hotness You Am I in a brick highway tavern, did a nifty cover of Blue Boy’s Remember Me. Sung it low and easy, wigged out guitars- organic three piece back then. I said gday as they swept the floor afterwards, complimented him that he made it look easy- genuinely effortless singing voice. I don’t know why the hell he’s adopted the whiny Billy Corgan tone.
    Enough to say, I Like Their Old Stuff Better Than Their New Stuff.
    Side project- Pond – Xan Man

  41. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    Harlequin – thank you, Squire – the song was featured at the end of one of the episodes of the best crime drama ever, True Detective (Season One).

  42. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    I keep getting distracted by excellent tracks by other Cats. Must focus.
    To the fine psychedelic band NASA. Not the space agency.

    Spacious Thoughts – N.A.S.A. (2009)

    Gifted – N.A.S.A. (2009)

    (My favorite is of course Way Down for some inscrutable reason known only to Cafe Bruce customers.)

  43. 132andBush Avatar
    132andBush

    I think this fits.

    Mazzy Star.
    Beautiful song

  44. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    Mazzy Star always fits, Squire.

    Hope at her most alluring with the J&MC.

  45. Colonel Crispin Berka Avatar
    Colonel Crispin Berka

    Bruce of Newcastle says: October 1, 2022 at 8:58 pm

    Reminds me of another track, by Icehouse. As trippy as you can get:
    The Ghost Of Time – Icehouse (31 Dec 1999)

    Thanks for the recommendation, it wasn’t bad.
    On clarity, you could have linked to a clearer version.

  46. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    The Great Curve, 1980, featuring the most out of it guitar work in human history (sorry, Jimi).

  47. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    Mazzy Star always fits, Squire.

    Seconded.

    Mazzy Star – Tell Me Now (1995)

    This isn’t in any of their albums, but is just gorgeous.

  48. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    Yeah, OK, some Jimi … 🙂

  49. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    you could have linked to a clearer version.

    Colonel – The trippiest bit was all those floats on Sydney Harbour. I want a clearer version of the thingies on the water. The track and the visuals together were really awesome. All those strange floating creatures were real, built by someone just for the event.

  50. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    My thanks go to P for that video btw.
    I meant to include this credit but I got 500 errored.

  51. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    Hey, P!

    Turn, Turn, Turn*

    Mr Tambourine Man

    Whoa – talk about 12 strings just ringing out …

    *Our very own superstar goil next door

  52. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    No Hippee Chick

    Perfect blend of awesome with pop to produce awesome pop. I liked it when Soho came out with it in 1990 (had to look the year up but). Cool idea.

  53. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    OK – it is not remotely psychedelic, but it’s my thread and I’ll post whatevah I want to, Cats! 🙂

    Fellas, I’m ready to get up and do my thang

    I wanna get into it, man

    You know, like a sex masheen, man

  54. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    Got to stop, I get awoken at 5:30am by insistent magpies.
    My final contribution:

    Second Song (2011)

    Dunno why they did the video since the track isn’t even a B side. But both the single and the video are pretty cool, and fit well with Rabz theme.

  55. calli Avatar
    calli

    It can’t be psychedelia unless you have the Moodies.

  56. Wally Dalí Avatar
    Wally Dalí

    The 12 string invocation by Rabz last night got me thinking- were R.E.M. ever psych?
    Maybe. The Lifting, off the underrated Reveal album.
    Note I’m posting all this deaf tonight, nu computa sans speaker. I’ll have to catch up on the new suggestions soon.

  57. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    I so forgot the Moody Blues and ELO. 😀
    Sorry.
    Bye.

  58. Wally Dalí Avatar
    Wally Dalí

    Still skirting around psych pop music, keepin’ the vim in the thread.
    The Coral – Goodbye

  59. Wally Dalí Avatar
    Wally Dalí

    Janelle Monae – Tightrope
    “whether you’re high or low.. trippy trip on the tightrope…”
    Tho Monae is ostensibly a Baptist who prays with the band on the way on and off the stage, me reckons she is fascinated enough by the pageantry of voodoo to have a few wild sessions behind her. This song might sound like straight up R&B funk, but pay attention to the composition- the extended trickle-down fadeout is the way a good trip will burn off in the dawn

  60. Wally Dalí Avatar
    Wally Dalí

    Fleet Foxes – Mykonos
    The film clip is a work of art in itself- another discombobulating change of pulse at the 3/4 mark

  61. Wally Dalí Avatar
    Wally Dalí

    …is anyone still standing?
    Dr John – Gris Gris Gumbo Ya Ya

  62. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    were R.E.M. ever psych?

    They most certainly were, Wallee

  63. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    It can’t be psychedelia unless you have the Moodies

    LOL, calli – reminds me of an offhand remark about teenage fanclub – “they just want to be the Hollies”

  64. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    Star Sign, with the full intro …

  65. Wally Dalí Avatar
    Wally Dalí

    Oh for sure, berry buck n Mills were masters of space and misdirection, and Stipe’s dadaist lyric construction sure kept the listener wondering. Funnyly enough it was only late in the piece where he got more into storytelling and alternate personas, and unconsciously or not bought his own demons to the front of stage, that the songs really touched me.
    Mind you, psych-by-numbers can be fun too, even from the endowment fund baby of the entertainment aristocracy-
    Kula Shaker – Second Sight

  66. calli Avatar
    calli

    Here’s an astral plane to fly.

  67. Crossie Avatar
    Crossie

    Would this song qualify?

    Buffalo Springfield

  68. Crossie Avatar
    Crossie

    The Beach Boys certainly spent a long time recording this one. Was it due to certain chemicals?

    Good Vibrations

  69. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    Suede – with the greatest guitarist of his generation slightly restrained …

  70. johanna Avatar
    johanna

    Who said that the mighty Quo were a one trick pony?

    Pictures of Matchstick Men (1968)

    and

    Psychedelic folk rock by Donovan:

    Mellow Yellow

    The rumour was that you could get high by smoking banana peels. Never tried it, though.

  71. johanna Avatar
    johanna

    Hawkwind at the centre of the universe.

  72. Stevem Avatar

    Like so many others my favourite will always be Hope Sandoval – either on her own or fronting Mazzy Star. Saw the mazzys in Sydney a few years ago and marvelled at the smh review that spent most of the article criticising the lighting for being too dark rather than the music. What exactly did they expect?

  73. Jannie Avatar
    Jannie

    This is all just so cool. Going to take days to make my way though these links, just to make sure my ideas are not repeats.

    The prize must go to Bruce of Newcastle for Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, it might not have been the first, but it was the biggest.

    Very Excellent work Rabz.

  74. Jannie Avatar
    Jannie

    Tame Impala, close to me geographically, so to speak. Also have connections to Jerry, Kevin’s old man. Big noting.

  75. Jannie Avatar
    Jannie

    The rumour was that you could get high by smoking banana peels. Never tried it, though.

    I did Johanna. Trust me, it doesn’t work. Nor does Lettuce Opium.

  76. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    Thanks, Jannie.

  77. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    After poor ol’ Syd was checked into a psychiatric facility, the Floyd recruited a male model who’d been bludging his way around Italy. But he knew how to wield a Strat*, nonetheless.

    Echoes – if you want to enjoy the best of it, fast forward to the five minute mark.

    *Here he is, wielding a Gibbo in the film clip for one of Kate’s most mighty ditties.

  78. Wally Dalí Avatar
    Wally Dalí

    Tripped out funk from Tangiers
    Nomade Orquestra – Bedum
    It’s actually a rock solid album, a lot slower and richer than a lot of inch-deep afrobeat dross.
    …as long as this thread’s open I’ll keep chipping in

  79. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    Wally – you are most welcome, Squire.

    I’m here and it’s happening. Still lots of tunes to be posted.

  80. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    Two versions of the same song:

    Them: I can only give you everything

    Naz Nomad and the Nightmares: I can only give you everythang, baybee … 🙂

  81. Anchor What Avatar
    Anchor What

    Play the Rolling Stones “Dandelion” to people of sixties/seventies generations and see if (i) they recall it at all, and (ii) can recognise it as a Rolling Stones song.

  82. Anchor What Avatar
    Anchor What

    Jefferson Airplane and The Doors. Nothing else comes close.
    They actually toured Europe together, and Morrison got completely off his face on drugs before one performance. He just scoffed whatever pills young people in the street gave him – all at once.

  83. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    I completely forgot last night to put up a Zappa track.
    Bad me.

    Nanook Rubs It (1974)

  84. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare Avatar
    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Rabz – The Incredible String Band. Many lost nights on this and other stuff in the sixties.

    Very psychedelic

  85. johanna Avatar
    johanna

    Creeping back, as usual.

  86. Anchor What Avatar
    Anchor What

    Sorry, I accidentally reported a comment.
    And if a six, turns out to be nine,
    I don’t mind.

  87. Anchor What Avatar
    Anchor What

    Lizzie, you can come to our place out near your childhood places any time. Never mind the grinch of QBN.

  88. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare Avatar
    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Rabz is a friend of mine.
    And of the ole Hairy Cap’n Beefheart fan.
    Who can’t stand the Incredible String Band.
    I can’t stand them either these days either and many other bands were better.
    But under acid and stoned to the eyeballs, back then, another story.
    Even more than in seventies, for the psych-sixties, you had to be there.
    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood indeed.

    Thanks Anchor What.

  89. Louis Litt Avatar
    Louis Litt

    Good to see ya back lizzie

  90. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare Avatar
    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Hardly ‘back’, Louis Litt, thanks though. I’m on holidays in Pacifica, the New World of the multi-racial multi-ethnic Pacific and just dropped by to say hello to Rabz, my buddie on his own thread, whom I’m pleased to see is in a good place in his life right now, and because the whingey old Incredible String Band, endpoint of many a stoned psychedelic sixties party, hadn’t had a mention.

    So easy to forget how boring psychedelia became. 🙂

  91. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare Avatar
    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    By 1973 under Mike Oldfield it turned to spooky horrorshow: Tubular Bells.

  92. Louis Litt Avatar
    Louis Litt

    Oh shucks Lizzie, you can call we Luigi

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