Even amongst the unheralded masses of psychedelia and garage's past there still remained artists who were considered "underground" and too far outside the scope to even fall into the ranks along with every other ten minute wonder from the day. These band's proved that underground meant little in the way of long term impact on both sides of the pond though; paving the way for many outsider groups in the years to come.

The Fugs - Second Album
Representing the American underground is The Fugs, one of the first bands to adhere the "underground" moniker and just run with it. At the time it was released their music was so primal and confrontational that it turned many
off immediately. However in the end their ability to challenge convention, bouts of controversy with obscenity and some canonizing praise from the man himself, Lester Bangs helped seal them as one of the more influential bands of the time. This record is polished as hell compared to the group's debut but still keeps their offhanded humor, politics and ragged primal rock as a blueprint. Not exactly shocking when you hear it now but remember for the mid 60's this is pretty new territory. This one kick started everything from the Velvets to The Mothers of Invention and I'm damn glad it did. If you don't own this one pick it up.

[MP3] The Fugs - Doin' All Right
[MP3] The Fugs - Kill For Peace

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The Deviants - Ptooff!
Heralding in the British side of the underground were The Deviants. Much of this band would go on to be (slightly) better known as The Pink Fairies who skewed a bit more psychedelic. The Deviants however weren't driving from the fields of
peace and flowers. Their music stemmed from a sexually charged savage guttural place that many bands at the time had left back in the garage. Truthfully the band probably owe a bit of debt to forerunners like Zappa and The Fugs but on their side of the Atlantic nobody was really coming from this perspective. Most bands of the era were digging up old blues and trying to copy the style or hitting the studio tricks in pure psychedelic fashion. That the band reached any amount of notoriety at the time is probably due to the fact that singer Mick Farren wrote for OZ magazine and featured the band in its pages. This notwithstanding the band kicked a good amount of rumble into the British underground and gladly so. This is another one to pick up if you don't currently have it in your collection.

[MP3] The Deviants - I'm Coming Home
[MP3] The Deviants - Garbage

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Blogger parallelliott said...

thanks. the deviants kill.

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