304) The Crystal Rain — “Hey Ma Ma”
In the Oxford English Dictionary, the definition of the term “monster riff” is accompanied by three musical illustrations — from T. Rex’s “Get It On,” Oasis’s “the Hindu Times” and the Crystal Rain’s “Hey Ma Ma.” No, really.
“Ma Ma” was the first A-side by “a short-lived band from Dayton, OH [that] released two singles in 1969 . . . . a very catchy and hypnotic song written by [drummer Bill] Moan . . . .” (psychedelicized.com/playlist/c/crystal-rain/). Man, it is so mesmerizing that I think I am writing this blog entry under some sort of hypnotic suggestion. I strongly advise those with epilepsy not to watch the accompanying video. The lyrics also have a great refrain — “You can find someone to think about, think of one to dream about, dream about one to think about.” How was this song not a hit? How was it not on Nuggets? Could it be because the band was known for using “a couple distinctive band vehicles, first a 1957 Cadillac hearse, and later a customized 12 seat bus that was painted red white and blue”? (buckeyebeat.com/crysrain.html).
“Hey ma ma, open your eyes and you can see. Hey ma ma, lift your head up and see. Hey ma ma, don’t sit alone in the black of night. Hey ma ma, turn around and see the light. You can find someone to think about, think of one to dream about, dream about one to think about, ahhhhhh.”