Saturday, May 16, 2009
The terms "psychedelic rock" and/or "acid rock" have been bandied about quite liberally since they were first conceived in the mid 60's. But unbeknownst to most of the "square" population, it's actually really fucking difficult to play a guitar when you're tripping balls on 12 hits of acid. Most of the time, "psychedelic" music is written under the influence of hallucinogenics, but when the time comes to actually record or perform, the writer needs a relatively clear head. A couple exceptions to this accepted manner of conduct would be the acid-gobbling freaks in Hawkwind and today's featured group, Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band.
Take, for example, Beefheart's '67 and '69 releases, Safe As Milk and Trout Mask Replica. While Milk is vaguely trippy, most likely "inspired" by rampant drug use rather than a direct result of it, Trout Mask Replica is the sound of five dudes, zonked out of their fucking minds on LSD, attempting to record semi-coherent rock music in a recording studio. Actually, they're not even attempting anything coherent. It's just a big, silly, psychedelic mess. Dig it.
SAFE AS MILK (1967)
TROUT MASK REPLICA (1969)
"That's right, The Mascara Snake. Fast and bulbous. Tight also."
Posted by Shelby Cobras at 9:48 AM