1969


Title: Hey Bulldog

Artist: The Beatles

Album: Yellow Submarine

Year Released: 1969

What It Is: Some may say it’s a trifle, and well, yeah it is. But it’s a Beatles trifle, with Lennon AND McCartney both seemingly having fun together. Recorded during the sessions that produced “Lady Madonna”, “The Inner Light” and “Across The Universe”, this wasn’t seriously considered as a single, but saved to the Yellow Submarine film soundtrack. In fact, it was only recorded because they had extra time in the studio, and a film crew was there because they filmed the promo for “Lady Madonna”.

Riffage / Hookage: A surprisingly hardish-rock riff for a Beatles song, and a strong bass line from Paul.

Cowbell?: There’s tambourine, but Ringo hits no bells.

Words Of Wisdom: “Big man walking in the park
Wigwam frightened of the dark
Some kind of solitude is
measured out in you
You think you know but you haven’t got a clue”

The reason the track devolves into goofiness, the legend says, is that Paul misread the lyrics to be “measured out in news”.

Mixology Report: If there’s one Beatles song that is obscure, then it’s this one. This makes it an excellent mix choice!

Top Five Genius Results: The Who – I Can’t Explain
Cream – Tales Of Brave Ulysses
Rolling Stones – She’s A Rainbow
Wings – Listen To What The Man Said
Led Zeppelin – The Lemon Song

That last one….WTF?

For The Good Of The Order: I find it incredible that this is just a tossed-off song. It’s got a good riff, a hook, a sense of fun and is well put together. 99% of the bands in the history of rock couldn’t do something this good if they were trying.

Here are two clips. The first is the Beatles in the studio:

The second is from the Yellow Submarine movie, or as I like to say, acid-trips for tweens. Roky Erikson only had a TWO-headed dog:

Title: Magic Potion

Artist: The Open Mind

Album: Single Only. Released as a bonus track on The Open Mind in 2006.

Year Released: 1969

What It Is: A long forgotten psychedelic acid-rock / proto-metal / prog single. It’s got the psychedelic sound, but with heavier guitars and fantastic double-bass drum work. It’s a fantastic single, but it was both dated AND too forward-looking, which is really hard to do.

Riffage / Hookage: Two fuzz guitars playing excellent psychedelic riffs with metal tinges. The solo has a definite neo-metal edge with fuzz and wah. There is a hook, too. One wonders why it wasn’t a hit. One wonders…

Cowbell?: No, but the double bass drum is not only a prog-rock precursor, but I’m sure Lars Ulrich heard this at some point.

Words Of Wisdom: “Take a drink from a magic potion
Tell me do you still feel fine?
Once sip and you will see
Things you never saw before”

DUUUUDE! That’s like SOOOO heavy. I’m seeing a talking orangutan. Oh, I’m watching Planet Of The Apes.

Mixology Report: Yeah, man. Blow the minds of the squares.

Top Five Genius Results: The Craig – I Must Be Mad
Q’65 – Cry In The Night
Fire – Father’s Name Was Dad
The Factory – Path For The Forest
The Bluestars – Social End Product

For The Good Of The Order: I guess the album by the Open Mind can command four bills now. But thanks to Rhino and the Nuggets collection, we can all buy this song (not on the original album, since that was the British thing to do) and freak out just the same. I can’t describe how incredible the sound of this song is, especially given the time and place. And I have never done psychedelics of any sort at all. Heavy.

Here’s a fan’s video.

Title: Jingle Jangle

Artist: The Archies

Album: Jingle Jangle

Year Released: 1969

What It Is: Hot on the heels of “Bang Shang-A-Lang” and “Sugar Sugar” comes another hit from the Don Kirshner bubblegum hit machine. This one, written by Jeff Berry and Andy Kim (yes, he of “Rock Me Gently” fame, he was “Reggie”), features Ron Dante and Toni Wine’s scrumptious vocals, and a bit o’ innuendo. Wink, wink.

Riffage / Hookage: The song is a hook.

Cowbell?: Don’t hear none.

Words Of Wisdom: “You’ll make the winter springtime and jingle jangle sing time
Right on through the summer and the fall
So darlin’ don’t be weepin’ and please don’t you be sleepin’
When I come a creepin’ down the hall”

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot? Archie, a stalker??? Yikes!

Mixology Report: The bold mix the Archies. The weak cower in fear! (Oh, wait…)

Top Five Genius Results: Chewy Chewy – The Ohio Express
Hooray For Hazel – Tommy Roe
We Can Fly – Cowsills
1, 2, 3 Red Light – 1910 Fruitgum Company
Indian Lake – Cowsills

For The Good Of The Order: I heard all of these songs as a kid on the various and sundry Archie cartoon shows that always popped up on Saturday morning. It’s like CBS said, “We don’t know what to show at 10AM on Saturday. Quick, let’s re-use that Archie footage and call it a new show!”

Speaking of, here’s the video for it, featuring Hot Dog and his love. Also, it features the exact same Archie group shots. May I have lazy animation for $100 please, Art.

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: Born On The Bayou

Artist: Creedence Clearwater Revival

Album: Bayou Country

Year Released: 1969

What It Is: The B-Side to the single that put them on the big-time map (“Proud Mary”), this is a strong strong song that fooled a whole bunch of people to think that they were actually from Louisiana. No fooling, Booker T. & The MG’s really thought CCR was southern, and not from California. Ok, a lot of people did. Hah.

Riffage / Hookage: That’s a mighty strong and eerie guitar riff there, Lou.

Cowbell?: Nope, but Doug Clifford is an underrated drummer.

Words Of Wisdom: “And I can remember the fourth of july,
Runnin through the backwood, bare.
And I can still hear my old hound dog barkin,
Chasin down a hoodoo there.
Chasin down a hoodoo there.”

You can see how they would have thought they were from Louisiana. A hoodoo?

Mixology Report: You bet! The dude would abide.

For The Good Of The Order: The sad thing is that John Fogerty’s churlishness has put a big damper on the memory of this band. Yes, he was the voice and vision behind CCR, but he wasn’t the band, and Clifford, Stu Cook and Tom Fogerty did contribute to the sound.

Here’s a live clip! (Sorry, imbedding still makes my browser go BANG!)