and now for the songs — November 10, 2021

244) Chamaeleon Church — “Blueberry Pie”

The Church was a short-lived Boston pop psych group that formed in ’67, released an album in ‘68 and disbanded after a brief tour. Two of its members then joined Ultimate Spinach. Oh, and the Church’s drummer was Chevy Chase. Yes, the “I’m Chevy Chase and you’re not”/SNL/Clark Griswold Chevy Chase.

The album track “Blueberry Pie” included what is widely regarded (by me at least) as the best throwaway line in pop-psych history: “I’ve been to the zoo and Max’s Kansas City* too. The atmosphere is nice there at night. The animals are not as uptight.”

*The storied NYC nightclub Max’s Kansas City opened in ‘65. It was a favorite hangout of Andy Warhol and his gang. The Velvet Underground, Marc Bolan, David Bowie and Iggy Pop often played.

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