Friday, July 1, 2011

Fifty Foot Hose - Cauldron (Limelight, 1967)

San Francisco, 1967. Psychedelia is rampant, bands like Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother and The Holding Company and Quicksilver Messenger Service are making their presence known. During the mega-dosing that these bands were doing, Fifty Foot Hose were making psych rock but with an incredibly unusual edge. Influenced by Dadaism and experimental composers like Edgard Varèse, John Cage, Terry Riley, and George Antheil, this outfit secured their inacessibility and obscurity by being too intelligent and electronic for the masses. Singer Nancy Blossom lustfully meandered through the paisley fields of free love in such a casual way that most didn't take notice.

The synth work is as gripping as the guitar. Everything about this band is groundbreaking and mindblowing for the timeframe. For the love of God, download this now. Its like a remix of all things 60's pop but its authentic and really happened in the 60's. There's a cover of Billie Holiday's "God Bless the Child" that sounds like Silver Apples attempting to embarrass The Fugs.

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  2. P.S. "sounds like Silver Apples attempting to embarass the Fugs" - for some reason, this line strikes me as great (and accurate, too!).