Led Zeppelin — “Sugar Mama”, Marianne Faithfull — “The Sha La La Song”, Buddy Miles — “Memphis Train”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — September 10, 2021

110) Led Zeppelin — “Sugar Mama” Zeppelin unheard?  No way!  Way, as this smoking outtake from their first album wasn’t released until 2015. 111) Marianne Faithfull — “The Sha La La Song” The B (better) side of “Summer Nights,” her last hit single (#24 in Sept. ’65). 112) Buddy Miles — “Memphis Train” Buddy, drummerContinue reading “Led Zeppelin — “Sugar Mama”, Marianne Faithfull — “The Sha La La Song”, Buddy Miles — “Memphis Train”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — September 10, 2021”

Boudewijn de Groot (and Elly Nieman) — “Meester Prikkebeen”, Q’65 — “The Life I Live”, Paul Revere and the Raiders — “Midnite Ride”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — September 9, 2021

107) Boudewijn de Groot (and Elly Nieman) — “Meester Prikkebeen” De Groot was born in a Japanese prison camp in Java in 1944 (where his mother died the following year). He became a hugely popular singer in the Netherlands, and “under the influence of the upcoming hippie movement as well as being more or lessContinue reading “Boudewijn de Groot (and Elly Nieman) — “Meester Prikkebeen”, Q’65 — “The Life I Live”, Paul Revere and the Raiders — “Midnite Ride”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — September 9, 2021”

Nick Garrie — “Bungles Tour”, The Pipe Dream — “The 5:23”, Dana Gillespie — “No, No, No”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — September 8, 2021

104) Nick Garrie — “Bungles Tour” The great album’s comic relief. 105) The Pipe Dream — “The 5:23” Sunshine pop about commuting on the train — “Book me a ticket on the 5:23.” Written by band member Stephen Schwartz. Stephen Schwartz who wrote Godspell, Pippin and Wicked?! Yes, according to https://whatfrankislisteningto.negstar.com/sunshine-pop-and-baroque/the-pipe-dream-wanderers-lovers-rca-1969/. 106) Dana Gillespie —Continue reading “Nick Garrie — “Bungles Tour”, The Pipe Dream — “The 5:23”, Dana Gillespie — “No, No, No”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — September 8, 2021”

Marmalade, “I See the Rain Again”, The Landlords — “I’m Through with You”, Georgie Fame — “Somebody Stole My Thunder”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — September 6, 2021

101) Marmalade, “I See the Rain Again” Before they rocketed to success with their cover of “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da,” the Scottish group released this anthemic single in August of ’67. It was Jimi Hendrix’s favorite song that year, and Jimi was spot-on.  The Nuggets comp says it was “as good as British psychedelic pop gets.”  TheContinue reading “Marmalade, “I See the Rain Again”, The Landlords — “I’m Through with You”, Georgie Fame — “Somebody Stole My Thunder”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — September 6, 2021”

Labor Day Special: The Kinks — “Get Back in Line”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — September 6, 2021

100) The Kinks — “Get Back in Line” From 1970’s Lola album. Shaun Richman wonderfully puts Ray Davies’s “anti-union” song in context: [I]n 1964 . . . . The Kinks were stars, but they were denied the opportunity to tour America while all of their compatriots were making the Ed Sullivan Show their first stopContinue reading “Labor Day Special: The Kinks — “Get Back in Line”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — September 6, 2021”

Third Bardo, “Five Years Ahead of My Time”, Jeff Monn, “I Need a Friend”, The Birds, “No Good Without You Baby”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — September 4, 2021

97) Third Bardo, “Five Years Ahead of My Time” A-side of their only single (5/67), and the NYC band nailed it.  Garage psych at its best. Supposedly pulled off the air because of presumed drug references. 98) Jeff Monn, “I Need a Friend” Former Third Bardo lead singer Jeff Monn released an incredible album inContinue reading “Third Bardo, “Five Years Ahead of My Time”, Jeff Monn, “I Need a Friend”, The Birds, “No Good Without You Baby”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — September 4, 2021”

The Electric Banana, “Alexander”, Joe Simon, “I Got a Whole Lot of Lovin’”, Simon Dupree and the Big Sound, “I See the Light”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — September 3, 2021

94) The Electric Banana, “Alexander” Actually, the Banana was the Pretty Things in disguise, making some much needed money by providing songs for films trying to be hip. The liner notes to the Complete De Wolfe Sessions comp explain that: [The] Swinging London phenomenon had led to a profusion of groovy movies chronicling life [there]Continue reading “The Electric Banana, “Alexander”, Joe Simon, “I Got a Whole Lot of Lovin’”, Simon Dupree and the Big Sound, “I See the Light”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — September 3, 2021”

The Flies, “I’m Not Your Stepping Stone”, Gordon Lightfoot, “I’m Not Sayin’”, Fire — “Father’s Name Is Dad”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — September 1, 2021

91) The Flies, “I’m Not Your Stepping Stone” MOJO’s Acid Drops, Spacedust & Flying Saucers comp calls the Flies’ take on the song “almost psychotically venomous.” They were definitely not Monkeeing around. The band became infamous at the storied 14 Hour Technicolor Dream benefit in part by urinating on the audience. Acid Drops concludes thatContinue reading “The Flies, “I’m Not Your Stepping Stone”, Gordon Lightfoot, “I’m Not Sayin’”, Fire — “Father’s Name Is Dad”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — September 1, 2021″