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
(The) Index . The Black Label Album . Feedback . Valord Records . 1967 – 2004
The Amboy Dukes . S/T . Colors . Mainstream Records . 1967 [yeah, Ted Nugent. Did he ever see “colors,” or was he always bow-hunting bears?]
SRC . S/T . Onesimpletask . Capitol Records . 1968
Our Mother’s Children (later, Children) . single . I’ll Make You Sorry . Falcon . ?
Teegarden & VanWinkle . But Anyhow, Teegarden & VanWinkle . Cloud Castle Gate . Atco . 1969
Power of Zeus . The Gospel According to Zeus . The Sorcerer of Isis . Rare Earth . 1970
Spike Drivers . Folkrocking Psychedelic Innovation from the Motor City in the Mid 60s . Strange, Mysterious Sounds . RD Records . 2002
The Third Power . Believe . Gettin’ Together . Vanguard . 1970
The Stooges . Fun House . Elektra . 1970
Destroy All Monsters . 74 76 . Intro & That’s My Ideal . Ecstatic Peace / Father Yod . 1994
all these fingers . en furrs . makeapizza . S/R . 2016
Heaters . Baptistina . Garden Eater . BBiB . 2016
Haunted Leather . Gone So Long . Corners of My Mind . S/R . 2015
Bad Indians . Keep Losin’ . Anunaki . S/R . 2014
Blue Black Hours . Sunlight and Dust . Waltz Around the Sun . S/R . 2014
The Go . Fiesta . Voices Rant On . Burger Records . 2013
Moonwalks . Lunar Phases . The Spiller . S/R . 2015
The Striped Bananas . Cosmic Carnival . Captain Merwin . S/R . 2015
Füxa . Dirty D . Sun Is Shining . Rocket Girl . 2014
MC5 . Kick Out the Jams . Starship (a Sun Ra cover). Elektra . 1969