Dr. John — “Mama Roux”, The Koobas — “Barricades”, The Jelly Bean Bandits — “Say Mann”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — October 4, 2021

177) Dr. John — “Mama Roux”

Off of Dr. John’s debut album Gris-Gris (’68) — which Gabe Soria calls “the spookiest album ever recorded” (https://www.trunkworthy.com/dr-johns-gris-gris-spooks-us-the-hell-out/) — “Mama Roux” is a song that Alison Fensterstock described in Rolling Stone as a “co-composition with local New Orleans R&B star Jessie Hill” that is “spooky [and] snaky” and that “[w]ith incantatory background vocals that seem composed to invoke a spirit . . . ‘Mama Roux’ is deeply, funkily New Orleans . . . .” (https://www.rollingstone.com/feature/dr-john-essential-songs-845549/)

What does all this mean? I have no idea, but this online discussion is enlightening: https://forum.wordreference.com/threads/move-he-fast-for-the-medicine-man-vernacular-english.2695324/

178) The Koobas — “Barricades”

The Liverpool band opened for the Beatles but couldn’t chart and split just as its sole LP came out (‘69), including this stunning raver featuring “thundering bass, ghostly voices, wild guitar and venomous sound effects” (Rubble comp).

179) The Jelly Bean Bandits — “Say Mann”

When asked by Psychedelic Baby Magazine in 2018 as to whether “there [was] a certain concept behind the album,” keyboardist Michael Raab of the upstate NY band said “[t]he concept was to write enough tunes to fill an LP, and write in a hurry. When Mainstream signed us we told them that we had 12 tunes ready to go. The truth was we had 3 . . . .” (psychedelicbabymag.com/2018/04/the-jelly-bean-bandits-interview-wi.html). Refreshingly honest and cheeky! The band wrote the rest of the album’s tracks in a week and recorded them all within 12 hours.

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