"The drug just told me" - 16 soothing slices from imaginary lands 


In The Trashcan Records       GARBAGE260
"Checkin' up on my baby Prudence and Cambronne, the drummer man from Strawberry Fields. Come on and listen to music from Belgium, Switzerland, Holland and France and some more..."

1. the drug just told me - pacific sound

This foursome from Switzerland released one excellent album "Forget your dream" in 1972. This debut single from 1970 predates that album. Great fuzzed out psychedelic doom rock, originally released on Splendid. My copy came out in Belgium on Pim's.

9. can't you hear my heartbeat - goldie & the gingerbreads

Great girl band with Goldie Zelkowitz who later was known as Genya Ravan. A splendid soul song from 1965 written by duo John Carter and Ken Lewis. Don't forget to flip over this single and enjoy the tearful "Little boy".

2. bend me, shape me - the applejacks

I'm not sure what outfit this is. I don't think it is the UK band. On the German label Metronome they released a splendid rendition of 60s classic "Bend me shape me" in 1968.

10. drummer man - nancy sinatra

Jazzy psych pop ditty by Frank's daughter, this time without her mentor Lee Hazlewood. I love this peculiar 1969 song, issued by Reprise. More Nancy? Check out vol 253.

3. dear prudence - the 5 stairsteps

The five Burke brothers from Chicago recorded a fantastic psychedelic soul version of this Beatles classic. In 1969 it was hidden as the B-side of "O-o-h child" on Buddah. It also appeared on their 1970 album "Stairsteps". See also volumes 193 and 197 for more tunes.

11. fresh out of tears - joe tex

Joe Tex needs no introduction. Powerful soul stomper from 1964 as flipside to "Hold what you've got".  First issued on Dial; a year later also on Atlantic and on his albums "Hold what you've got" and "You better get it". See also volume 256.

4. strawberry fields forever - richie havens

Oh, I love his original version of "Indian rope man", although the best version is the one by  Brian Auger. For the flipside Havens chose a terrific rendition of a Beatles song. It already appeared on his 1968 album "Richard P. Havens 1983". A Verve Forecast single from 1969.

12. it must be love - ricky morvan & the fens

Belgian rock 'n' roll singer aka Eric Charlie who remained unknown to the rest of the world until the end of the century when this guitarist from Bruges was discovered for his early recordings on Luna Records (see volumes 13 and 67). He had his beat period in the mid-60s both with and without his band The Fens, who became The Black Boys. This 1964 release was his fifth; four more would follow.

5. do you see me - rough riders

Underestimated glam rock by pre-power pop band Roll-Ups from 1974, featuring Lea Hart and Jeff Peters. They both joined hard rock outfit Slowbone in the 1990s. Peters was also active in various psychedelic and prog rock bands in the late 60s and early 70s. A Rare Earth release.

13. nothin' shakin' - billy fury

"…but the leaves on the tree…". Fury died at an early age, 41. This English rock 'n' roll artist was 23 when he recorded this song. His recording career started when he was only 18 years old. The original was recorded in 1958 by New York singer Eddie Fontaine, who later played a small roll in Happy Days as Fonzie's father. See also volume 6.

6. cambronne - maledictus sound

One of the finest psychedelic tunes from France thanks to the genius of Jean-Pierre Massiera, mixing musique concrète with fuzz guitar and experimental synths. This instrumental is the B-side of "Wedding party", a 1968 Fidsound release.

14. checkin' up on my baby - cuby + blizzards

1968 electric blues rock from the Netherlands (from small town Grolloo). B-side of "Window of my eyes" reminds me of John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. My fave Cuby tune will always be "Your body not your soul" though.

7. if you think - the atlantics

Belgian release on His Master's Voice and most likely their sole effort on vinyl. A slow-beat tune with a Cousins-like guitar in the holy year 1966.

15. give her lovin' - the kingsmen

The "Louie Louie" frat garage heroes from Portland, Oregon are here with a B-side (flipside is "Annie Fanny"). The song was also featured on the 1965 movie soundtrack "How to stuff a wild bikini". Close your eyes and see those bikini girls swinging their hips on the steady beat of this 1965 Wand release. See volumes 111 and 259 for some more Kingsmen.

8. music soothes the savage breast - the spectrum

A psychedelic pop tune from 1968 b/w "Tables and chairs". And it was also issued as flipside to their version of "Ob-la-di, ob-la-da". An English quintet that failed to become the UK Monkees (phew…). They recorded two albums and about a dozen singles at the end of the 1960s.

16. dancin' master - the bandwagon

A feel-good soul tune to finish… I think this was their second single. It's not to be found on one of their two albums. A 1968 Direction release.