Psychedelic, Michigan

From the super heavy and loud to the stretched-out mind-melting weeeard: yep, that’s psychedelic Michigan.  Most of the stuff from the early days is coming out of Detroit, but a lot of the new stuff is from Ann Arbor.  Then there’s the Bad Indians from Ypsilanti.

Like the music itself, I’m playing fast and loose on what is and is not psychedelia here. I mean, can you blame me for wanting to play the Stooges and MC5?  So much of what’s been called “proto-punk” seems to bend rock to its outer limits–not in a Destroy All Monsters kind of way, but more like, whoa, my ears are bleeding (which is kind of like synesthesia right?)

And a band that isn’t on the playlist because they’re, well, just too PUNK: Death. For All the World to See. Listen to them. They’ll blow your mind.  Favorite track: Politicians in My Eyes

On with the show!

Turn on. Tune in.

Keeping with the tradition of kitschy late ’60s intro songs:

Southbound Freeway . Psychedelic Used Car Lot Blues / Southbound Freeway . Tera Shirma . 1967

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(The) Index . The Black Label Album . Feedback . Valord Records . 1967 – 2004

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The Amboy Dukes . S/T . Colors . Mainstream Records . 1967 [yeah, Ted Nugent. Did he ever see “colors,” or was he always bow-hunting bears?]

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SRC . S/T . Onesimpletask . Capitol Records . 1968

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Our Mother’s Children (later, Children) . single . I’ll Make You Sorry . Falcon . ?

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Teegarden & VanWinkle . But Anyhow, Teegarden & VanWinkle . Cloud Castle Gate . Atco . 1969

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Power of Zeus . The Gospel According to Zeus . The Sorcerer of Isis . Rare Earth . 1970

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Spike Drivers . Folkrocking Psychedelic Innovation from the Motor City in the Mid 60s . Strange, Mysterious Sounds . RD Records . 2002

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The Third Power . Believe . Gettin’ Together . Vanguard . 1970

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The Stooges . Fun House . Elektra . 1970

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Destroy All Monsters . 74 76 . Intro & That’s My Ideal . Ecstatic Peace / Father Yod . 1994

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all these fingers . en furrs . makeapizza . S/R . 2016

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Heaters . Baptistina . Garden Eater . BBiB . 2016

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Haunted Leather . Gone So Long . Corners of My Mind . S/R . 2015

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Bad Indians . Keep Losin’ . Anunaki . S/R . 2014

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Blue Black Hours . Sunlight and Dust . Waltz Around the Sun . S/R . 2014

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The Go . Fiesta . Voices Rant On . Burger Records . 2013

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Moonwalks . Lunar Phases . The Spiller . S/R . 2015

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The Striped Bananas . Cosmic Carnival . Captain Merwin . S/R . 2015

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Füxa . Dirty D . Sun Is Shining . Rocket Girl . 2014

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MC5 . Kick Out the Jams . Starship (a Sun Ra cover). Elektra . 1969mc5_kick_out_the_jams_fuck_hudsons_ad

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