Nov 23, 2012 11:23AM

Oyster Playlist: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard

They tells us their Top 10 psychedelic songs — The 13th Floor Elevators, Dead Meadow, Sleep and more.

It's hard to imagine life before the internet (shudder). Whereas now you can spend hours immersing yourself in the Witch Haus genre with the click of a mouse (thanks Soundcloud), back before the 90s you actually had to actively seek out new music. That's probably one of the reasons why Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From The First Psychedelic Era: 1965-1968 has gone on to become one of the most influential compilations of all time. Released in 1972, it brought together 27 songs from The 13th Floor Elevators, Nazz, The Magic Mushrooms and other psychedelic pioneers, paving the way for garage rock and influencing everyone from The Cramps to Nirvana. 

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Nuggets' release, and to celebrate Warner has released Nuggets: Antipodean Interpolations of the First Psychedelic Era. Out today, this new compilation features a whole lot of great new Australian bands covering a whole lot of great 60s originals. Pond, Straight Arrows, Bloods, The Frowning Clouds, Gooch Palms and The Laurels all make an appearance, along with Melbourne-based band King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard who describe themselves as 'surf/psych/punk/someshit'. 
One of King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard's seven members (yes, seven) appropriately put together this playlist for us of his Top 10 psychedelic songs along with some inspired commentary/words of wisdom e.g. "Drop out of life with bong in hand." We'll let frontman Stu Mackenzie take it away!

1. 'The Trip' — Kim Fowley
I think I really liked this song before I even knew what it was about. EL ES DEE. It would be so hard to pull off this song now, sometimes I wish it was 1966. 

2. 'A Minha Menina' — Os Mutantes
I put the lyrics into Google translate because I don't speak Portuguese. I'm not too sure if it was lost a little in translation or it is a psychedelic love song. Also, if I knew how to make that fuzz guitar sound I would. Furry. 

3. 'Sleepy Silver Door' — Dead Meadow
Wadda riff. One of the only bands in my opinion who can pull off this kind of guitar-shreddery without sounding wanky. It's so long but I still end up putting it on repeat. 

4. 'Suzy Creamcheese' — Teddy and the Patches
Suzy Creamcheese kind of sounds like a joke but this song ain't no joke. The psych-out in the middle of the song is seriously one of the best things I've ever heard, ever. And then the tempo change at the end… Wow. 


5. 'East West' — Butterfield Blues Band
So this song is meant to be structured like an Indian raga. I suppose that's in the way it shifts moods as it goes through the song. Contains some trippy Eastern-tinged guitar playing and some pretty serious harmonica playing from Mr. Butterfield himself. 

6. 'Dopesmoker' — Sleep
Dooom. I listen to this song when I drive somewhere for a long time because I forget where I am for a while and then all of a sudden the song is done. Drop out of life with bong in hand.

7. 'Thru The Rhythm' — The 13th Floor Elevators
Jug. I could have put in any track from The Psychedelic Sounds. I like them all equally. They are all my children. Although Roky is pretty fried — he's still the boss.


8. 'Ela Tho' — Morocco
Sometimes I like scouring the internet for garage compilations or obscure 60s stuff. Sometimes you find some unbelievable stuff, like this, from the Waking Up Scheherazade Arabian garage compilation. 

9. 'Dead By Dawn' — Baptism of Uzi
Baptism of Uzi are an awesome psych band from Melbourne. This is my favourite one of their songs. 

10. 'Darling, Am I Boring?' — Turtlenecjk
Turtlenecjk is a bedroom recording project from a Geelong genius. He has just started playing live and apparently it is some must-see shit. That is not a typo. Turtlenecjk.

Along with Nuggets: Antipodean Interpolations of the First Psychedelic Era, today also sees the release of a digitally remastered version of the original Nuggets album from 72, along with Down Under Nuggets: Original Australian Artyfacts 1965-77, a collection of Australian garage rock from the 60s. 

Ingrid Kesa

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