1968


Title: Careful With That Axe, Eugene

Artist: Pink Floyd

Album: Studio version, B-side of “Point Me To The Sky”; Live version on “Ummagumma”

Year Released: 1968; 1969

What It Is: Duuuuude. It’s a psychedelic freakout. This, I contend, is the CLASSIC Pink Floyd period, where they wove soundscapes together and truly made psychedelic mind music. While their later albums utilized a lot of overdubs, synthesizers and studio trickery, this stuff was easily replicable on the road (as you see and hear). Hey, they did “A Saucer Full Of Secrets live”, so anything was possible for them.

(I first typed a Saucer Full of Seacrests – youch – imagine a whole UFO full of Ryan Secrests. OUT!)

Also, it’s kind of funny that this was a B-side of a long forgotten single (“Point Me At The Sky”), and this was the one they played in concert for years.

Also, also, this was used as the basis for “Come In Number 51, Your Time Is Up” from the Zabriske Point movie and soundtrack.

Riffage / Hookage: Not riffs, per se, but pieces of organ, bass and guitar that really set a pattern and a mood.

Cowbell?: Nick Mason had some, but preferred to whack many cymbals.

Words Of Wisdom: “Careful With That Axe Eugene….AAAAAAAAAAAAH!”

Mixology Report: Good chill out tune, but it doesn’t go well with some genres. Like Madonna, or Gwen Stafani, or Miley Cyrus or the Jonas Brothers, or the Partridge Family. Oh, wait. Heck, that may be a fun mix!

Top Five Genius Results: Octopus – Syd Barrett
Not To Touch The Earth – The Doors
We’re Gonna Groove – Led Zeppelin
Siberian Khatru – Yes
Mother Goose – Jethro Tull

For The Good Of The Order: There HAS to be a lot of archival Pink Floyd live recordings. I know there’s an outtake of “Interstellar Overdrive” from the Ummagumma concert. They had some set live pieces before Dark Side Of The Moon that they never recorded as a set piece – but used for various albums. Let’s hope they can release some of that stuff soon.

Duuude, here’s the Floyd live on KQED.

And here’s Michelangelo Antonioni blowing shit up in Zabriske Point, and Pink Floyd then coming in at about 1:50 into it. Yes, this sequence made as much sense as the movie. Drugs are bad, mmmkay?

Title: Dino’s Song

Artist:Quicksilver Messenger Service

Album:Quicksilver Messenger Service

Year Released: 1968

What It Is: It’s the Summer Of Love, man! Well, kinda, one year late. They were around since 1965 but took their time to get a deal and record. By then founder Dino Valente (who wrote this pop gem) was in jail but they soldiered on. Actually, this is rather anachronistic for the band, since they tended to jam and meander and jam and meander. And jam, in a meandering way.

Riffage / Hookage: John Cipollina and Gary Duncan’s guitars are work well, with a simple riff and then Cipollina’s fill work under the verses and in the solo. The hook of the song is hummable as well. In fact, it’s a damn fine melody here.

Cowbell?: Hey, I heard some cowbell during the ending solo.

Words Of Wisdom: Really, it’s just basic a moon/june/spoon love song, but it’s called Dino’s Song because (I conjecture) Dino Valenta brought this to the band (and they did play it together) before he got busted but didn’t title it, and you know, why mess with it. This is a pure guess. Your mileage may vary.

Mixology Report: Mix it in! Far out!

For The Good Of The Order: John Cipollina gets mentioned many times in the ‘best guitar player in rock and roll’ polls, especially in Rolling Stone. His brother played bass for Huey Lewis & The News during their hit peak. Bassist David Freiberg joined Jefferson Starship, sharing bass and keyboard duties with Pete Sears during their heyday. Thankfully, he left before they built that city on crapola.

Here’s Quicksilver at Monterrey. They had an additonal member (singer Jim Murray) at the time.

Title:Stormy

Artist: The Classics IV

Album: Mama’s & Papa’s / Soul Train

Year Released: 1968

What It Is: One of those pop songs everyone knows, somehow, whether it be in the dentist’s office, the grocery store, on karaoke night, or on oldies radio. It’s mellow and sad.

Riffage / Hookage: Oh, the hook is marvelous and it’s odd because it’s in a minor key all the way. And the riff is the “Classics IV” riff that is in the chorus here. (In “Spooky” it was the main riff in the intro – in “Traces” it’s the intro riff but slowed down – and in “Everyday With You Girl” it’s under the verses.)

Cowbell?: No. That would harsh the mellow.

Words Of Wisdom: Yesterday’s love was like a warm summer breeze
But, like the weather ya changed
Now things are dreary, baby
And it’s windy and cold
And I stand alone in the rain
Callin’ your name”

**snif**

Mixology Report:Good for a mix where you don’t wanna get people too riled up, or one that shows

For The Good Of The Order:I thought I was one of the only ones to notice that the same riff is in ‘the big 4’ of Classics IV hits, but someone who is not a music geek (who grew up in the late 60’s) mentioned it immediately when the Classics IV came up in a conversation.

Here’s a vid from a local TV show (Cleveland? Hello, Cleveland!):

Title:Circle Sky

Artist:The Monkees

Album:Head

Year Released: 1968

What It Is: One of the best true rock-and-roll songs by the Monkees. It’s a Mike Nesmith tune that was a concert favorite and finally made it onto wax for the soundtrack to “Head”, their bizarre movie.

Riffage / Hookage: The opening guitar riff is very cool and sticks with you.

Cowbell?: The movie version was a live version, and Mickey Dolenz played it straight. In studio, with session players, Nesmith added maracas and claves to accent the beat.

Words Of Wisdom: “It’s a very extraordinary scene
To those who don’t understand
But what you have seen you must believe
If you can”

That’s pretty much the Monkees career summed up, really. Who would have thunk they’d be as popular, fight to actually do their own albums, and then have those albums turn out pretty darn good.

Mixology Report: The Monkees are always good to throw on a mix, and some may be a bit surprised on the riff and the drive of this song. (It’s not metal by any means, but it’s not wimpy pop.)

For The Good Of The Order: When the soundtrack was re-released, both the studio version and the live version from the film were on it. Yes, the Monkees actually play their insturments, as you can see from the clip:

Title: Dynamite

Artist: Sly & The Family Stone

Album: Life

Year Released: 1968

What It Is: A blast of funk/rock/soul/psychedelia from Sly & Company. This is the kind of stuff he and the Family Stone could do in their sleep. For many bands, this would have been a sure single – but here it’s album filler. Some tasty filler, though! Since it’s filler, no video or anything. So sorry!

Riffage / Hookage: There are riffs and hooks galore, of course. It’s not a Sly Stone song without riffs and hooks out the wazz.

Cowbell?: Gregg Errico was a great drummer, and he stuck to the basics. There is a tambourine, though. At times, it’s an incessant tambourine. But again, that’s pretty de rigeur for the Family Stone!

Words of Wisdom: “Miss Clean
‘Yeah, me and you
Yeah, I want you'”

I think that sez it all…

Mixology Report: Hell yeah. You can boogie to it, of course!

For The Good Of The Order: The ending references “Dance To The Music” in a demented / stoned way. Duuuude!