The British Invasion: Psychedelic Sound Fades Away
Episode date - January 21, 2011
This show covers British pop music from the Spring and Summer of 1968, and it was at this point in time that psychedelic music began to fade from the scene. You need look no further than the Rolling Stones, whose previous single, the florid “She’s a Rainbow” is succeeded by “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” a track that sounds like a completely different band.
More artists were moving into the mainstream as well, giving rock and roll artists a run for their money on the pop charts, and further disseminating the difference between ‘pop’ songs and long-playing albums. By the Summer of 1968, the pop single was considered trite by most rockers, virtually all of whom now preferred saving their more profound creations for long playing albums – except the Beatles, who stood fast by their self-imposed rule of keeping singles and albums as separate entities.
Here’s the way it stood regarding British Invasion acts in the Summer of 1968;
1) Jennifer Eccles – The Hollies
2) Sunshine of Your Love - Cream
3) White Room – Cream
4) Delilah – Tom Jones
5) A Man Without Love – Engelbert Humperdinck
6) Jumpin’ Jack Flash – The Rolling Stones
7) The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde – Georgie Fame
8) Sky Pilot – Eric Burdon & the Animals
9) Hey Jude – The Beatles