Friday, February 18, 2011

Weekend Listomania: Special My Mind is Aglow With Whirling,Transient Nodes of Thought! Edition)

Well, it's Friday, and you know what that means. Yes, my Oriental fille de la boinque Fah Lo Suee and I are off to beautiful downtown Madison, Wisconsin, for a special taping of The Maury Povich Show featuring unfairly beleaguered governor Scott Walker [R-Living Saint]. Walker, who previously revealed that he'd been sexually abused as a child, will tell Maury that he's now being abused by selfish overpaid teachers, firefighters and police who resent his highly principled attempts to privatize their self-respect.

Good lord -- hasn't this heroic man of the people suffered enough already?

That being the case, and because things will most likely be quiet around here till our return, here's a fun little project to help us all wile away the darkening hours:

Best Psychedelic Pop or Rock Song Recorded AFTER the 1960s!!!

No arbitrary rules that I can see, you're welcome very much. We're talking about records that are either deliberately retro evocations of the era or simply have something of its lysergic spirit.

And just in case we've done this theme before, let me say in my defense that it's pretty obvious the drugs have taken their toll.

And my totally top of my head Top Five are/is:

5. The Aliens -- Honest Again

There's something irresistibly watery (for want of a better word) about this one. In any case, it's nice to have something that originated in the 21st century for a change.

4. The Loud Family -- Aerodeliria

From their 1993 masterpiece Plants and Birds and Rocks and Things. Named, of course, after the America song which Randy Newman said "sounds like it was written by two kids who thought they had taken acid."

3. The Bears -- Raining

Yeah, I posted this one just a few weeks ago. But it's still knocking me out -- evocations of Revolver era Beatles don't come any sweeter.

2. The High Dials -- Diamonds in the Dark

My favorite Canadian popsters since Gino Vanelli. Seriously -- this is the coolest thing of it's ilk I've heard since The Who's "Instant Party."

And the Numero Uno you're-messing-with-my-head musical dose simply has to be...

1. Rob Lauffer -- Do You Fly in Your Dreams?

From the 1996 Wonderwood album, which as I've said here on numerous occasions is one of the truly great artifacts of its decade. As for the song itself, it's what prog-rock should have sounded like, but never did.

Alrighty then -- what would your choices be?