Psyche & Garage Rock




Disclaimer: There's heaps more to psyche, garage, 1960s punk, fuzz guitar, and sitar rock than listed here. Generally Hip Wax leaves "core" rock lore to the many others who stick closer to rock. It's listed it here really only for cross-referencing purposes and to signify some choice and/or random morsels. Throughout Hip Wax there are so many related idioms that it became necessary to cross-reference the odd psyche tracks as well as make a distinction between this and acid rock (late-'60s classics).

It's worth pointing out the bizarre Merrell Fankhauser story (well documented elsewhere). From a start in primordial surf guitar he created a legendary garage-psyche group or two that next led to him being chased around madly by Captain Beefheart, who was obsessed with having him in the Magic Band. After escaping the Captain, Fankhauser's Maui-made "MU" LPs perfectly captured the hippies-in-Hawaii phenomenon. Subsequently his wild, all-the-right-places-at-the-right-time legend has surpassed even those of the heavy San Francisco groups who started out "garage."

Buying: Original garage/psyche is extremely competitive (the most, perhaps, in rock), so it does not hurt to start with reissues and compilations. The Nuggets series is a classic starting point. Best-selling original singles are still easy to find and good values, while most of the rare stuff is deservedly so and perhaps better discovered first in reissue/comp form. Finally, don't rule out the performances captured in then-contemporary (1960s) movies!



Psyche & Garage Rock LPs

Rating
8The 13th Floor Elevators: The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators
8The 13th Floor Elevators: Easter Everywhere
7The Amboy Dukes: Journey to the Center of the Mind; Mainstream S-6112
7The Animated Egg; Alshire S-5104 (psyche, funky rock, organ, mod soul)
7Davie Allan & the Arrows: Cycle-delic Sounds; Tower T-5094 (psyche/biker/breakbeats; at least partly compilation)
6Blues Magoos: Electric Comic Book; Mercury SR-61104/MG-21104
7The Brogues; Line Records LMS-3012; 1981/1965 (4-cut EP of Quicksilver Messenger Service "prequel" group)
8Chocolate Watch Band: No Way Out; Capitol/Tower ST-5096; 1967 (with sitar)
8Chocolate Watch Band: The Inner Mystique; Capitol (with sitar; covers The Brogues' "I Ain't No Miracle Worker")
8Count Five: Psychotic Reaction; Double Shot LP-DSM-1001; 1966
6The Electric Prunes: Underground; Reprise RS-6262
8The Electric Prunes: Mass in F Minor; Reprise RS-6275
7The Electric Prunes: Release of an Oath; Reprise RS-6316
8The Freak Scene: Psychedelic Psoul; Columbia CS-9546; 1967 (psyche/funky rock)
6Frijid Pink; Parrot PAS-71933
7The Electric Prunes: Release of an Oath; Reprise RS-6316
7The Human Beinz: Nobody But Me; Capitol
7Merrell & the Exiles/Fapardokly: Fapardokly; Glenn/UIP 2250; 1967/1964-7 (Psycho 5; 1983)
8Mu; United Artists UAG-29709; 1974/1971 (Reckless Records Reck 4; 1988)
8Mu: End of an Era....; Reckless Records Reck-7; 1988/1973-4
6Nazz; SGC SD-5001; 1968
7Pink Floyd: The Piper at the Gates of Dawn; Tower ST-5093; 1967
8Pink Floyd: Relics; Capitol/Harvest SW-759 (compilation)
7Question Mark & the Mysterians: 96 Tears; Cameo/Parkway Cameo CS-2004
8The Rolling Stones: Their Satanic Majesties Request; London NPS-2
7The Seeds [Raw & Alive-Merlin's Music Box-The Seeds in Concert]; GNP Crescendo GNPS-2043; 1968 (live)
7Strawberry Alarm Clock: Best of Strawberry Alarm Clock; Universal City 73074
8The Troggs: Wild Thing; Atco 33-193; 1966
7The Unfolding: How to Blow Your Mind and Have a Freak-Out Party; Audio Fidelity AFSD-6184/AFLP-2184; 1967
6The Uniques: Uniquely Yours; Jewel/Paula LP-2190 (garage)
6Various: Marijuana Unknowns; Stoned THC-001
9Various: Mindrocker Vol 1; Line LLP-5115; 1981/1965-7
7Various: Mindrocker Vol 3; Line LLP-5140; 1982 (Charlatans, Balloon Farm, Shangs..)
8Various: Mindrocker Vol 6; Line OLLP-5212; 1983
8Various: Nuggets--Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedlic Era; Sire/Electra SASH-3716-2; 1976/1972 (2-LP classic psyche/garage comp, spawned many later volumes)
7Various: The Sound of "Pop"; KPM 1015; 1967
7Various; Relics LSD-1; 1980
Various: Riot on Sunset Strip ST; Tower T-5065; 1967 (Chocolate Watch Band, Standells, Mugwumps..; Mike Curb)
8Various: San Francisco Roots; Vault LP-119 (rare singles by Great Society, Beau Brummels, Mojo Men, Vejtables, Tikis)


Partly Psyche & Garage Rock LPs

Rating
6Davie Allan & the Arrows/Various: The Wild Angels ST; Tower T-5043; 1966 (biker/bongo rock/psyche; Mike Curb, Arrows, Hands of Time, the Visitors)
6Davie Allan & the Arrows/Various: The Wild Angels Vol. 2 ST; Tower T-5056 (biker/psyche; Mike Curb, Arrows, Hands of Time, Joe Leahy)
6Davie Allan & the Arrows: Blues Theme; Tower T-5078
6The Blues Project: Live at Town Hall; Verve Forecast FTS-3025; 1967 ("No Time Like the Right Time")
7The Kingsmen: Up & Away; Wand WDS-675
7Jeffrey Simmons/Randy Steirling: Naked Angels ST; Bizarre/Straight STS-1056; 1969 (biker/psyche/funky rock "Naked Angels Theme")
8Various: Exitos A Go Go--60s Teenbeat from South of the Border; Archive International Productions AIP-1061; 1998/[1960s] (Latin rock/psyche)


Psyche & Garage Rock 45s

Rating
9? (Question Mark) & the Mysterians: 96 Tears/Midnight Hour; Cameo C-428; 1963
6? (Question Mark) & the Mysterians: I Need Somebady/"8" Teen; Cameo C-441; 1963
6The American Breed: Bend Me, Shape Me/Mindrocker; ACTA 45-811
8The Avant-Garde: Naturally Stoned/Honey and Gall; Columbia 4-44590
7Blues Magoos: (We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet/Gotta Get Away; Mercury 72622
9The Castaways: Liar, Liar/Sam; Soma 1433 (see also live performance in a beach movie)
8The Chords: White Rabbit/Kathy Shannon: Ode to Billy Joe; Hit 303 (nice old knockoff)
9Count Five: "Psychotic Reaction"/They're Gonna Get You; Double Shot 104
8Crazy Elephant: Dark Part of My Mind/Gimme Gimme Good Lovin'; Bell 763
9The Electric Prunes: I Had Too Much to Dream/Luvin; Reprise 0532
6Merrell Fankhauser & HMS Bounty: I'm Flying Home/Girl (I'm Waiting for You); Shamley S-44008
7Future: The Shape of Things to Come/52%; UNI 55082
6Giant Crab: Hot Line Conversation/E.S.P.; Uni 55155
7Symon Grace & Tuesday Blues: Out Of Sight/You Won't Get Me Workin'; Round 45-1004
6Jimi Hendrix: No Such Animal Part 1/No Such Animal Part 2; Audio Fidelity AF-167
8The Hombres: Go Girl, Go/ Let It Out; Verve Forecast KF5058
7The Hombres: Take My Overwhelming Love (and Cram It Up Your Heart)/Pumkin Man; Verve Forecast KF-5093
7The Human Beinz: Nobody But Me/Sueno; Capitol 5990
7Jon & Robin and The In Crowd: Love Me Baby/I Want Some More; Abnak AB-124
8Lothar & the Hand People: Rose-Colored Glasses/L-O-V-E; Capitol 5874 (non-LP cuts)
8The Magic Mushrooms: It's-A-Happening/Never More; A&M 815
7Magic Swirling Shirt: Love In Your Eyes/He's Comin' Part II; Cadet 5642
8Manfred Mann: By Request - Edwin Garvey/The Mighty Quinn (Quinn The Eskimo); Mercury 72770
8The Seeds: Pushin' Too Hard/Try To Understand; Crescendo GNP 372x
7Shadows of Knight: Shake/From Way Out To Way Under; Team TM-620
9The Status Quo: Pictures of Matchstick Men/Gentlemen Joe's Sidewalk Cafe; Cadet 7001


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