06 June 2009

You Can't Fight City Hall Blues

You Can't Fight City Hall Blues - Dr. West's Medicine Show and Jug Band

B-side to "The Eggplant That Ate Chicago" by Dr West's Medicine Show and Jug Band--a pre-Spirit In The Sky Norman Greenbaum outfit that played a sort of psychedelic old-timey music. Greenbaum likened it to "a cross between Captain Beefheart and Spike Jones" but I'm not so sure about that.

This was one of my dad's 45's. I spun the shit out of it when I was a kid. Mostly the novelty tune A-side but the scratches and pops here are undoubtedly the doings of my unsteady 5 year old hands. I came across it for the first time in over 25 years while playing through some stacks of vinyl the other night and thought it was worth sharing.

Man, that a go go records symbol sure has the makings of a killer t-shirt.

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In other late 60's San Francisco psychedelic news, Arthur Magazine recently upped "Uncle Skullfucker's Band," an article from the July 2004 print edition of the magazine in which Daniel Chamberlin gives an account of coming to terms with genuinely digging the Grateful Dead and how to do so without having to fall into the trappings of cliche Deadhead-ism. Mr. D.C. Berman contributes illustrations:

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