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.
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.
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.
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.
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.