episode date - October 19, 2011
In the back of my own mind, I always wondered when exactly rock and roll music began to get truly weird. I don’t mean weird in the psychedelic sense, but rather in the ‘anything goes’ aesthetic of combining genres, found sounds, and the general disassembly of standard song structure.
At its most popular, this phenomenon gave us albums like “Dark Side of the Moon”, but most stuff that fell into this category didn’t get anywhere near that sort of exposure; most of it barely sold at all.
Well, it appears that October 1971 was a banner month for strange records. Among the usual popular hits that took up space on the pop charts were a few records that defied convention, some in subtle ways, others more flagrant. This show will explore releases from October 1971, and they are quite a varied batch.
Songs featured include;
1) Medicated Goo (alternate version) – Traffic (Welcome to the Canteen)
2) Bertha – The Grateful Dead (“Skull and Roses”)
3) Wharf Rat– The Grateful Dead (“Skull and Roses”)
4) Tupelo Honey – Van Morison
5) Coat of Many Colors – Dolly Parton
6) Message from the Country – The Move (Message from the Country)
7) The Minister – The Move (Message from the Country)
8) Mushroom – Can (Tago Mago)
9) Helleluwah – Can (Tago Mago)
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