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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Iron Butterfly - In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (1965){{Stoner Collection #07}}

===-Stoner Music Collection Entry Number 007-===

Hello hello hello.
It will soon be that pagan celebration time known as 'Christmas'.
Oh fuck.
Don't you just hate it?
I mean REALLY dislike it?
Let me get something clear here: I suppose 'hate' is too strong a term but I really do get irate when the corporate world/capitalist world makes us; the public; society; the suckers that suck up their media, have a so-called 'holiday season' that is nothing more than a huge, all out, no-holds-barred marketing ploy, done with such attention to detail that they leave nothing to chance for those who wish to perhaps NOT makes themselves poor for the sake of buying their kids or their family or friends some 'gifts' that bring them close to bankruptcy or at least a huge overdraft or emptying of the credit card limit, and for what?
Do people really believe in the Xmas spirit?
Please don't get me wrong.
I am all for anything that enables people to get together. People spending time with each other - Families, friends etc. I am all for any situation or event that enables people to feel free of the usual social restraints and stuff and be true and caring towards each other. So they can give each other a gift and maybe even tell them how much they love them.
Letting people know how much you care about them is one of the greatest things you can do as a human being, to another.
The problem is one fucking bothers too much about that part of it!!!
Christmas is all about BUY! BUY! BUY!
I fucking detest it!!
I hate the way my son is supposed to be, like all his friends, desperate to have the latest this or that and, what really pisses me off, he is supposed to feel bad, even ashamed, if he cannot obtain the gift that is the latest fashionable gift to have.
If you told your kids these days 'We don't have enough money so this year we are going to have a nice cosy Christmas at home with a nice meal and spend some great family time together' they would be so disappointed that they might not even bother getting out of bed that day!
I don't expect the kids of today to appreciate a stocking with an apple and an orange in it (like we used to get eh?! he-he!) but I do wish parents - and the fucking media! - would at least still try to instill the sense of value in them, let them know that they should be grateful. Let them understand that things cost money and that you don't always get what you want in life. Let them see that there are kids in the world that don't even have clean water, never mind a friggin' xbox360!
If you did tell them these things they wouldn't care. They'd just think you were being cheap for not getting them an xbox360 and they'd surmise that all the stuff you just told them was all part of your bullshit excuse to justify not buying it for them.
You cannot win.
My main beef with Xmas is that our kids and, to a great extent, many many adults, are being brainwashed by the barrage of marketing by all the forms of media we put upp with today. Christmas follows Halloween. It will soon be Easter and then valentines day. Or is it the other way around?
I don't know.
Or care.
Rant over!

You are looking for music?
Oh yeah, well you came to the right place then!

I recently joined a music site. I won't tell the name in this climate of UK Government piracy bills and the paranoia surrounding torrent sites and all that crap...but!
I mentioned it for one reason: They have lists of albums and categories for all genres and styles you could ever dream of.
One such list is of 'stoner' music. In case you aren't educated even that much (fuck man you need to get back to school you thick twat!) I will just enlighten you: This is the kind of music a stoner (someone who smokes cannabis, probably a lot of it) would listen to. Usually this means the music is either of the type that takes yopu on a journey of sounds and great expanses that you can hang your stoned head on, whilst the music virtually controls you...or it can be reggae music, music that glorifies cannabis and sings about it, music that is just bloody brilliant (as the stoner generally can appreciate many forms of music probably due to the fact that ingesting cannabis causes you to have an enhanced musical experience in general - try it it's great!).
Well I hope that's a bit clearer.
Clear as mud probably.

So, I decided to go through this very long list and, starting with the band at position 1, I will post every one here, one by one, letting you hear and then hopefully leave your reviews in the comments.
I am not assuming everyone here is a stoner - far from it.
The reason for this list to be the one /I have chosen is simply that it has so many different genres and a lot of great bands and artists in there that I have posted before and of course a lot I haven't.
In fact, forget the stoner part.
Just look upon each posting as an album and give it a try to see what you think!
That's all you have to do OK.
It's not friggin' complicated.
If you need any help though, don't ask me.
Oh yeah, one more thing. these albums are not in order of who is the greatest or anything like that. The list is just in chronological order (the oldest ones are first).

First up!!
Iron Butterfly - In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (1965)

Here's a little info on the band, stolen from wikipedia. If you want more click the link.
Iron Butterfly is an American psychedelic rock band, known for music such as 1968 hit "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida". Their heyday was the late 1960s, but the band has been reincarnated with various members. In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida is the 31st best-selling album in the world, selling more than 25 million copies.

First impressions after listening to the album?
Hmm. Hippies.
I used to want to be a bit of a hippie and even lived the lifestyle - to a point. However those times are gone and nowadays I don't grow my hair long and I certainly don't listen to Iron Butterfly.
The thing is I would never have listened to them even back then because they are what I would call 'Formulaic Hippie Shit'.
Now, before anyone gets annoyed and starts telling me how wrong I am and how this band were so influential etc etc. Let me just say I am telling you how I see it.
I may be wrong, of course. I'm not an oracvle of fucking wisdom.
I am just saying, Iron butterfly=hippie shit.
there you have it.
It's the kind of music you would hear on a woodstock type movie or some film from the sixties and there'd be people with flowers in their hair, dancing with their arms steretched out, spinning around in circles, to make the acid feel so much better.
I don't mind these kinds of tunes in that context but, seriously, when I put this album on I thought...oh shit, how long does this go on for?
It seemed to go on forever.
I'm not usually against music from that era but there are certain bands and certain music that does do my head in and Iron Butterfly fit the bill.
Annoying, whining on, hippie shit.
As I always said, don't listen to me: I KNOW NOTHING!
Download it and try for yourself.
I mean, they can't have such a huge following and fans for no reason I suppose.
Some people actually love this music.

You may be one of them.
Have a listen and then please, tell me what exactly it is that makes you like them.
Of if you listen and agree with me, even better! Leave a comment stroking my ego!
See you soon folks.
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More when I can.
Got to go to a hospital appointment Monday so it's a long day. May not be able to update til Tuesday.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I listen to the other tunes on the record, it seems obvious to me that they really wanted to be the Doors, not just because of the central role of the organ but the pseudo-religious tone of the music and lyrics.

11/22/2009 11:25:00 pm  
Blogger RevolutionaryBum said...

Just wanted to say Hi, and hope your doing well !!! Best of Thought's from Seattle---->>>

11/23/2009 10:34:00 pm  
Blogger hitmewithit said...

Hey anonymous I know exactly what you mean. This band sound like they are tryingt to be so many others...or it could just be the influences they draw inspiration from?
I don't think so though. Whatever it is, I can't get to like the sound. It is almost a caricature of 'sixties' and yet, it's actually from that time so how can it be!!

Hey RevolutionaryBum, thanks mate.
Not been doing well for a while now - it sucks.
So here I go, trying again to start the site off again instead of letting it die and fade away!
Let's see if I can keep it going!!
Mind you, christmas always gets in the way a bit, going to my mothers most likely so will be away for a week or two.
Have a good one yourself mate!

11/25/2009 07:32:00 pm  
Anonymous Jeff said...

Unfortunately In-A-Gadda... the song made them famous but their other stuff was much better. I liked the album but liked their other albums more.
Also your son is a little to young to rate things like Zappa. I loved Freak out when it came out but I was 12 then at 14 after some experimenting I really liked it but them I was listening to Varese and the Floyd back then too.


P.S. Hope the disease is better, my neighbour has it and he is having terrible problems with his feet, special boots, infections, dead bone pieces, stay off your feet, etc. Not nice.

12/20/2009 05:21:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is funny, because I am really LOOKING FOR formulaic hippie shit, and I never find some! Bands always pollute their music with little bits of whatever, "just to be original, different, special", when actually they don't really want to put it there and I always feel it doesn't fit(whereas my friends don't listen as deep as I do and don't see it and don't understand why I hate some popular bands).I understand why you often feel the "hippie shit" listening to the sixties, but it's actually real hard to find the REAL hippie shit. All I want is just regular previsible consistant hippie food for my ears to sit in a couch, close my eyes, smile and say: "ow yeaaah..." And Iron Butterfly is fucking good one to me. So, Anonymous under me,this rocks so much more than the Doors to me...The reprise of the riff on "inagaddadavidda" at 6:41. you can't beat that.

5/06/2010 07:06:00 pm  
Blogger hitmewithit said...

Hello yet another Anonymous(!!) I prefer to have a name to say but ... it isn't a requirement!
I understand where you're coming from mate, totally.
Plus, this is a different day to the one I was in when I wrote the above right?
so today, I just put that track on that you mentioned and guess what...?
This hippie shit is fucking good shit dude!
Seriously, they aren't bad, but it wasn't the type of hippie music I liked so much.
I loved Caravan and Camel and then I went more obscure and weird with Hawkwind, Gong and erm...many others!
But I can always appreciate talent over my own personal bias' and I can appreciate this album for sure.
There, I somehow managed to say I love it and hate it on the same page!!!!

Glad someone is enjoying it though pal. (I didn't mean that I wasn't lol, I meant that no one else has commented for a while!).
Take it easy and enjoy life. Peace!

PS! If you enjoy formulaic hippie shit then please please listen to a good CAMEL album like Camel/ self titled. Or the best Caravan albyum for the most enjoyable musical journey it is possible to embark on: Caravan - For Girls Who Grow Plump In The Night.
Best album of theirs and some pretty heady and unexpectedly beautiful riffs!

5/06/2010 08:19:00 pm  

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