Psychedelia Part 2

This is a follow up to my last post: The Top 100 Psychedelic Songs of the 1960s. I think it's important to mention that a lot of good psychedelic music came out after the 1960s as well.

The 1970s were a great time for music, but not the psychedelic variety. I guess people got a bit tired of the extravagances of psychedelia and were ready for a more stripped-down sound. Guys like James Taylor and Neil Young flourished, while psychedelic bands either faded away or changed their style (i.e. The Bee Gees, The Rolling Stones). Prog rock bands carried the psychedelic torch, but it had lost its grooviness in favor of experimentation. It wasn't until the mid-1980s that it started resurfacing in a significant way. Here's a few contemporary psychedelic favorites every bit as good as their 1960s forefathers:

The W.A.N.D. - Flaming Lips

Seeds of Love - Tears for Fears
Raspberry Beret - Prince
Anemone - Brian Jonestown Massacre

Under the Milky Way - The Church
The King Is Half Undressed - Jellyfish
Out of Hand - The Mighty Lemon Drops
Christine - The House of Love
I Wanna Be Adored - The Stone Roses
LSF - Kasabian

Pepper - Butthole Surfers
Forever - Charlatans U.K.
Yin and Yan and the Flower Pot Man - Love & Rockets

Let Love Rule - Lenny Kravitz
Not If You Were the Last Junkie on Earth - The Dandy Warhols
Squares - The Beta Band
There's No Other Way - Blur
Bittersweet Symphony - The Verve
Natural One - Folk Implosion

Timeless Melody - The Las

Anyway, ever since I first put The Beatles' Revolver on the turntable, I've been a big fan of this style of music. So, if anyone knows of a post-1960s psychedelic tune that is especially wonderful please point me to it. 


  1. Elephant Stone by The Stone Roses
    Twisterella by Ride
    Drive It All Over Me by My Bloody Valentine
    Psychocandy by Jesus and Mary Chain

    There's a ton!

  2. Jesus & Mary Chain are great - I loved their version of Surfin' USA. My Bloody Valentine's "Only Shallow" on Loveless is a masterpiece of psychedelic distortion. Great recommendations!

  3. Oh dear lord, every time we had an "Animal House - Rooooad Trip" moment in college - the song that was the official mascot was always - Yin and Yang and the Flower Pot Man... How much alcohol and other things were ingested/smoked/consumed remains a total mystery. Only the Flower Pot Man knows. GREAT LISTS GIL - I agree totally!

  4. BTW-Check out the current issue of MOJO mag for a "free" attached CD of rare psychedelic 60's psychedelia by the 13th Floor Elevators, Chocolate Watch Band, etc.

  5. Chick- Sounds like you had your own little Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test - was Tom Wolfe notified?

    Booksteve- I was just looking through it last night at Barnes & Noble. I still have a hang up about paying $9.99 for a freakin' magazine.... maybe I'm just a tightwad.

  6. The way I look at it with these mags is not that I'm getting an expensive mag with a free disc but that I'm getting a cheap disc with a free mag!

  7. Walk On By - The Stranglers

  8. I think "White Rabbit" is my fave. I also love "Suzanne" by Leonard Cohen, but I'm not sure it could be considered psychedellic...

  9. These are some great music posts you are running lately. The embedded media makes a big difference. I once read an interview with Grace Slick and she said that the line in White Rabbit "feed your head" refers to reading, but the interviewer and myself were a little skeptical.

    Good stuff.


  10. Great clips. I really like them. I hope you had a good weekend.

  11. You should check out the CD Where the Pyramid Meets the Eye: A Tribute to Roky Erickson, it has some great 1990s bands doing 13th Floor Elevators and Roky Erickson songs. Also a Rhino collection called Children of Nuggets which is kinda 1990s garage band rock, but has some psychedelic also.

    I really enjoyed the Brian Jonestown Massacre, I had never heard them before, only heard of them. Thanks for posting the song.

    I'm a big fan of the Church, the Stone Roses, Lenny Kravitz (Let Love Rule rules!) and especially the Charlatans UK and Love and Rockets. You might like The Choir Circle Slide also.

  12. Listen to Porcupine Tree. Especially their concept album, Voyage 34: The Complete Trip. It's one of the best post 60s psychedelic albums I've ever listened to. Believe it's from the early 90s.

    Also, The Gathering is another good band.

  13. The most 60's band to come out in the 80's was already quite well known. XTC, under the pseudonym "The dukes of Stratosphere" released "Chips from the Chocolate Fireball in 1985."
    If you haven't already, you absolutely must listen to this album awash in psychedelic hallucinations, distortions of perception, and altered states of awareness.