Haymarket Riot — “Trip on Out”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — May 5, 2022

438) Haymarket Riot — “Trip on Out”

“Trip on Out” is the A-side of the Riot’s only single (’68), an “ear scorcher” and an “[e]xtra strength fuzz overload from an Enid, OK sextet of teenage misfits.” (The 30 Seconds Before the Calico Wall! garage comp), and an “absolute monster[].” (Vol. 6 of the Pebbles garage comp series) Gilesi says that:

Trip On Out’ starts confidently with brash, fuzzed out guitar chords, then the rhythm guitar and (buried in the mix) keyboards join in and we are in classic punkadelic territory. . . . [T]he guitar break is indeed a thing of wonder as it moves from fuzzily confident to almost falling apart as the guitarist just about makes it back to the main riff. A complete stormer!


I have this to add: did Nirvana perform this song? It sounds just like Nirvana! This was 1968! Did Nirvana ever play Enid?

Gilesi has this to say about the Riot:

There were bands in the 1960s called Haymarket Riot from Michigan, California, and Minnesota but this particular outfit were based in Enid, Oklahoma. All these acts presumably took their name from the riot (aka the Haymarket Affair) that took place in Haymarket Square in Chicago in May 1886, after an initially peaceful demonstration by workers for an eight-hour day was disrupted by a bomb thrown by an anarchist at the police as they tried to disperse the rally. . . . The Enid, OK Haymarket Riot were apparently a six-piece and their lone single was cut in Oklahoma City and released in August 1968 . . . . ‘

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