The Psychedelic Sixties
Welcome to another great show at Ricks Radio for the great people at Radio Turia. The show today will focus on the Psychedelic Sixties with some of the most amazing songs of that time. Get yourself in focus, lay back, smoke a joint, take a little mushroom and take off with the hippies of the sixties at Ricks Radio Show.
To open this show up I want to start with the late great Roger Bunn. Roger Bunn was on the music scene with all your favorite bands including the Beatles and The Rolling Stones. He played with everyone from Jimi Hendrix, Brian Eno, and Bryan Ferry to being the first original guitarists of Roxy Music. Roger was also one of my guitar teachers.
Roger might be best known for having married the woman who inspired the Beatle’s song “Michelle.” They have one daughter together from that marriage and she lives in Majorca, Spain.
As a bass player Roger worked with Pete Brown, the writer for many Cream songs. I will talk more about Pete Brown later. Every year Roger would pass a song idea along to all his music friends to write together. The year before he died I lived with him and he wrote this next pick of mine with Pete several others and myself.
I present to you;
Roger Bunn – Up For Grabs
Up next the band Piblokto whose members were; Pete Brown on vocals, Laurie Allan on drums, Jim Mullen on guitar, Roger Bunn on bass and Dave Thompson on organ. The band’s name was taken from the Inuit word for “Arctic Hysteria”, Piblokto, with symptoms including hysteria (screaming, uncontrolled wild behavior), depression and echolalia (senseless repetition of words).
Peter Brown rose to fame writing for the band Cream. He started writing with Ginger Baker but soon found more creativity with Jack Bruce. Brown and Bruce wrote the majority of songs for Cream.
I present to you Peter Brown and Roger Bunn
Piblokto – Things May Come And Things May Go, But The Art School Dance Goes On Forever
The 13th Floor Elevators were an American rock band from Austin, Texas, formed by guitarist and vocalist Roky Erickson, electric jug player Tommy Hall, and guitarist Stacy Sutherland. The band released four LP records and seven 45s for the International Artists record label. They are, in fact, one of the first psychedelic bands in the history of rock n’ roll.
In the 2005 documentary “You’re Gonna Miss Me”, Roky Erickson is credited with coining the term “psychedelic rock.”
I present to you The 13th Floor Elevators debut 45 “You’re Gonna Miss Me” a 1966 hit!
Next up is The Chocolate Watchband they are a psychedelic rock and garage rock band from San Jose, California in 1965. They play today at garage rock shows in Europe as well as the States with Little Steven and the Electric Prunes. The band’s music is a blend of 1960s-style garage rock with that distinctive rolling San Francisco Sound.
The Chocolate Watchband’s founding line-up consisted of members: Ned Torney – guitar, Mark Loomis – guitar, Rich Young – bass, Pete Curry – drums, Jo Kemling – vox organ, Danny Phay – vocals. Phay was well known for his on-stage presence as a charismatic front man.
I present to you:
The Chocolate Watchband – Uncle Morris
OK, next I have The Psychedelic Furs. An English punk new wave band founded in 1977 by singer Richard Butler and his brother Tim on bass guitar. The Psychedelic Furs are one of the top groups from the British post-punk scene. Their music went through several phases, from an initially austere art rock sound, later touching on new wave and hard rock. I present to you;
The Psychedelic Furs – No Easy Street (live)
Well, the next track comes from one of my favorite artists and a real legend of the folk and psychedelic era, Bob Dylan. Many of Dylan’s more outrageous songs are no longer found on his best of or hits albums and relegated to a dustbin he hopes no one opens. I always loved Rainy Day Woman but will present to you;
Bob Dylan – Like A Rolling Stone
You just cannot turn your back on this next group, The Byrds. All through the sixties The Byrds came up with hit after hit. Many of these were written and first released by Bob Dylan. This next song is one of them and I present to you,
The Byrds – Turn Turn Turn
Anyone who listened to radio and collected records during the sixties listened to Crosby Stills Nash and Young. This band took the smooth west coast country sound, blended it with amazing vocal harmonies and out came an era of sound attributed to them. Born in the psychedelic sixties I present to you,
Crosby Stills Nash – Tomboy
OK, it was a standard show to see this next artist along side all the San Francisco psychedelic bands and she is no stranger to my shows. You all have to know about Janis Joplin already or read the old play lists. I present one of her biggest hits
Janis Joplin – Piece of My Heart
Oh yeah, I love my next track. “(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone” is a rock song by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart. Paul Revere & the Raiders first recorded it in May of 1966 but I have a special treat of this song done by none other than Jimmy Hendrix in his most psychedelic best. I present to you;
Jimmy Hendrix – Stepping Stone
Next up is the man who brought new meaning to bands and front men, none other than Arthur Brown. I spent the summer of 1971 with Arthur Brown on the island of Ibiza where we played live all over the island. We even played for the then prince Don Juan at his retreat near Vedra. We were scheduled to record a Christmas album in Barcelona but Arthur got himself thrown out of the country while messing with some Guardia Civil.
Arthur was the first crazy front man who would light his hair on fire and swing from a rope onto the stage. He was the precursor to bands like Ozzie Osborne and others who took showmanship more seriously. So another great sixties hit from the man himself,
Arthur Brown – Fire
Paul Revere & The Raiders were a top teen group in the sixties and played all over the USA at sock hops and local dances. They were an acceptable band even though they played the devils rock. I have a track here that shows where they started to move their rock into the psychedelic realm and I think you will like it. I present to you;
Paul Revere & The Raiders – Great Airplane Strike
So I opened the show with songs by Pete Brown and I am going to close the show with a song by Pete Brown and Jack Bruce. This is a song from the band Cream which was a sixties super group. This song is their most psychedelic piece and fits into the theme of the show today. I present to you;
Cream – Strange Brew
That’s all the time I have right now and it is now time to close the show. I want to thank everyone for making this show possible and to the great artists who played the music. Remember that everything about this show including this script is up on RicksRadio.com in both English and Spanish, so get on the site. Register and comment about the shows. Let me know what you like and what you want to hear more of. I have a pretty large collection of music and you will be hearing more of it as we go along.
Next week will focus on more exotic rhythms, mambo’s made from rock. So turn on, tune in and be there.