Brown Acid: The Seventeeth Trip
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Lucky number seventeen? Believe it. Those at Brown Acid have been scouring the highways and byways of America for even more hidden stashes of psych / garage / proto-punk madness from the so-called Aquarian Age. There‚Äôs no flower power here, though‚Äîjust acid casualties, rock stompers and major freakouts. As always, the songs have been officially licensed, and all the artists get paid. Some samples of this trip include:
Stone Hedge were a seven-piece rock band out of Michigan with a penchant for Creedence and anthropomorphism. ‚ÄúSmokey Bear‚Äù is their 1972 tribute to the official mascot of the U.S. Forest Services‚Äînot to mention the A side of their sole single‚Äîand it recalls the kind of organ-drenched swamp jam that soundtracked many a Burt Reynolds flick back in the day.
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, may not be known as a cultural mecca, but they did produce Truth & Janey. This deadly hard rock trio delivered their holy grail full-length, No Rest For The Wicked, back in 1976. ‚ÄúAround and Around‚Äù is a Chuck Berry cover that originally appeared on a 1973 single the band released under the earlier name Truth.
Originally released in 1973, ‚ÄúHigh School Letter‚Äù is the debut single from San Diego rock squad Glory. This infectious bonehead cruncher features future Beat Farmer Jerry Raney and the original rhythm section of Iron Butterfly in bassist Greg Willis and drummer Jack Pinney. Glory is what they got up to after their former bandmates left for L.A.‚Äôs garden of Eden.
‚ÄúJack the Ripper‚Äù is a mercilessly bootlegged Cleveland classic from 1978 with a serrated punk edge and vocals that recall Mick Blood of Aussie savages the Lime Spiders. Or maybe it‚Äôs the other way around‚Äîthe Lime Spiders formed the year after Strychnine carved off this lethal paean to the infamous Whitechapel slasher of olde.