Early Psychedelic Bands

Discussion in 'Music' started by hello, May 15, 2004.

  1. hello

    hello ~*resonance*~

    today i dug out a CD compilation of the Blues Magoos,
    who i've heard billed as the "first psychedelic band in the USA",
    from some old magazine that i think that was from late 1964.
    it was around that time when things really started to happen musically...

    i don't know, i wasn't even around back then.
    so i'm just throwing this out there to you all...
    who were the founding fathers and mothers of psychedelia??
    i mean: bands/individuals/"sounds"/etc.
  2. wiufcaoltp

    wiufcaoltp Welcome To The Interzone

    The question of who was the first psychedelic band is a bit difficult to answer. The roots would have to be The Beatles, because some stuff on Rubber Soul was certainly proto-psychedelia (Nowhere Man, Norwegian Wood among others) for example, as early as 1965. In 66 you had such important albums as Psychedelic Sounds Of The 13th Floor Elevators, by the 13th Floor Elevators (of course), Revolver by The Beatles, Fifth Dimension by The Byrds, and Freakout by Frank Zappa And The Mothers. The first band to bill themselves as psychedelic were The 13th Floor Elevators, though it could also be said that the first true psychedelic band was The Grateful Dead. Despite the fact that they didn´t release an album until 1967, and didn´t release a truly psychedelic album until 1968, their early live stuff was certainly very psychedelic in the long, improvisational jazzy type of psychedelic rock.
  3. Skelter

    Skelter Helter

  4. sonik

    sonik Member

    Dont foget about the Charlatans.

    I assume you are talking about psych rock bands. Lots of other music could be considered psychedelic of course.

    Predating rock by thousands of years even! lol

  5. madcrappie

    madcrappie crazy fish

    dont forget the Cowsills, with their psychedelic hit "Flower Girl"
  6. CalJam

    CalJam Member

    In my area we had the Electric Prunes, The Seeds and although they were a bit harder Blue Cheer. Peace In Music..
  7. backtothelab

    backtothelab Senior Member

    bah! Terry Riley and Sun Ra. Both were around long before even the "first" psy bands.
  8. Unkle_John

    Unkle_John Member

    If you are interested in other psychedelic bands, here's a good list to look for:

    (besides the elevators and the seeds as mentioned above)

    The moving sidewalks (billy gibbons from zz top)
    Vanilla Fudge
    Iron Butterfly
    Capt. Beefheart
    Quicksilver Messanger Service
    Bubble Puppy
    Shiva's head band (there is a link on my psych board to free downloads of thier stuff)
    The Golden Dawn
    Red Krayola
    Yellow Payges
    Outhouse Moan ;)

    just to name a few.

    check out my board and you can read more. Sign up there an begin talking! :)
  9. gypsy1

    gypsy1 Member

    If you like garage / psychedelic music, pick up the Nuggets collection,original artyfacts from the first psychedelic era 1965-1968. it's loaded with all the before mentioned bands and more.It's from Rhino. The remasering is so good. What a great collection of songs.
  10. hiddendoor

    hiddendoor Member

    Also check out The Deep's - Psychedelic Moods that came out around the same time as Psychedelic Sounds of The 13th Floor Elevators.
  11. Skelter

    Skelter Helter

    i love the nuggets collection! i never get tired of it. It's some of the best music i've ever heard.
  12. hiddendoor

    hiddendoor Member

    ditto for nuggets II too

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