Like the Hitler Zombie It Returns: A Random Ten on a Friday

I haven't done this in a while; so now seems as good a time as any. I fired up iTunes and let 'er rip on "Shuffle Play," and this is what came up:

  1. Woody Guthrie, Talking Dust Bowl Blues (from: Dust Bowl Ballads)
  2. David Bowie, Lady Stardust (from: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars)
  3. The Sisters of Mercy, 1969 (from: Enter The Sisters)
  4. The Mamas & The Papas, California Dreamin' (from: Greatest Hits)
  5. The Stooges, Little Doll (from: The Stooges)
  6. Do Make Say Think, Bruce E Kinesis (from: Goodbye Enemy Airship The Landlord Is Dead)
  7. The Animals, Monterey (from: Retrospective)
  8. The Cramps, Surfin' Dead (from The Return of the Living Dead Original Soundtrack)
  9. Stevie Wonder, You Haven't Done Nothin' (from: Fulfillingness' First Finale)
  10. The Arcade Fire, Wake Up (from: Funeral)

And a special bonus random track:

Kak, Trieulogy: I) Golgotha II) Mirage III) Rain (from: Kak-Ola)

Wow, that's a bizarre mix, even from my collection. All it needed was some old Frank Sinatra to make a really strange playlist.

Bonus points to anyone who can tell me who Kak was and a bit about the band. Your prize? You'll have shown yourself to have the same bit of knowledge about obscure bands that Orac does...

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Weren't Kak a late 60s San Francisco band? If it is who I think it is I heard a few tracks on a friend's LP years ago. Sorta psychedelic jam band material as I recall (e.g. Grateful Dead, Spirit, Moby Grape.) I assume this is out on CD now, unless you are burning your LPs on to CD. I'll have to look around for it. I've always been a fan of that period in rock history.

How did you get exposed to their music?

Kak: Will you tell us something about this one, Orac? Amazon's got no music samples for it, and calls it "60's west-coast psychedelic", which seems right up my street (and, uh, age).

The Cramps: I was browsing in a record store several years ago, and saw an interesting juxtaposition. Exactly to the right of the slot for "The Cramps" was the slot for "The Cure". I was amused. (OK, I'm easily amused....)

Kak-Ola is spinning in the cd as I write.

Gary Lee Yoder can really wail on guitar, although I do find Rain to be a weak end to Trieulogy, and I'd rather regard it as a different song.

However, if you really want a bit of obscure psychedelia which is brilliant, try finding D.R. Hooker's "The Truth". You have to ignore the fact that the man is a christian fundamentalist and concentrate on the fact that this is one of the most amazing pieces of lounge psychedelia ever recorded.

It was recorded in 200 pieces originally around 1974 as a gift for his mom, and was republished a couple of years ago on CD. You really do have to get it if you like psychedelia.

By ParanoidMarvin (not verified) on 11 Aug 2006 #permalink

Barry, that answers the questions the kids in my sister's Sunday school class had when the other SS teacher for that class handed her a tape of an album by The Cure -- "for what?"

(Another person who taught Sunday school at that church was a Deadhead, and gave me a sample tape and got me hooked.... We had an interesting church. This was in the diocese that later elected a gay bishop.)