CANNABIS-FRIENDLY MUSIC, PART 1

Swedish Flying Saucer’s Instagram feed ( @swedishflyingsaucer ) is a musical kinescope exhibiting minute long video clips of some of the greatest cannabis-friendly music ever recorded (at least in the last century or so). The clips attempt to capture the essence of the songs, foreshortened by the platform’s video time limits, and ought to pique the interest of even the most milquetoast musical minds. For those unprepared to suss out the full-length cannabis-friendly sounds and images corresponding with the culled clips, this here blog seems a welcoming host for exhibition and ease of access for any regular viewers and readers. Music is meant to be free as the spirit-channeled voices, fingers, and hands creating and performing it. Cannabis heightens listeners’ sensitivities and openness to that freedom of spirit, connecting the corporeal, earth-bound weight of existence with the immortal, inscrutable, intractable life-force propelling all flesh towards a gloriously unknowable destination.

Note: The only order applied to the video clips on the SFS Instagram feed is chronological vis a vis when posted. There’s no ranking system, for this is all heady, cannabis-friendly music.

1. The first video clip of cannabis-friendly music posted was a composition written and performed by your humble scribe, who also cobbled up and edited the video using footage found in the home library. Dig “Carol Needs A Safe Space” by Swedish Flying Saucer.

CAROL NEEDS A SAFE SPACE by Swedish Flying Saucer

2. Next comes Thelma Houston, discovered long ago by the great Oklahoma-born songwriter Jimmy Webb. Here’s Thelma vamping funkily on the British television show “The Price of Fame”, singing the Stones‘ “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”, from her 1969 album “Sunshower”, a repsitory of cannabis-friendly music. The album was produced and arranged by Jimmy Webb and released on Dunhill Records. This was Thelma’s first solo album before signing with Motown Records and going on to win a Grammy with her international hit “Don’t Leave Me This Way” in 1977. (h/t original video poster).

JUMPIN’ JACK FLASH performed by Thelma Houston

3. Third in line on the Swedish Flying Saucer Instagram feed is “Candy Pants” by Lionel Davis. Mere words, no matter how florid or precise, are insufficient to convey the essence of “Candy Pants”. To understand “Candy Pants”, listen to “Candy Pants”. “You’re such a honey-dripper / I’d forget all about your zipper”… Let Lionel sing his sweet and soulful cannabis-friendly music to you and make you feel real goooooood.

CANDY PANTS by Lionel Davis, The Electric Man

4. The cannabis-friendly music quad spot is occupied by one of the best and most overlooked bands of the late 60s & 70s, The Flamin’ Groovies. Equal parts Rolling Stones, Creedence, and old-time, blues-based rock and roll, the Groovies released a handful of superb albums containing a gold mine of rockin’ nuggets. One of their best and most famous tracks, “Slow Death” was released as a single in 1972 and has appeared on various compilations over the years. A blistering slide-ruled anti-drug dirge, or more poignantly, anti-Heroin backlash, the track mirrored the Stones’ sound while distancing them from Keef’s favorite pastime. In a time when over 130 Americans die EACH DAY from opiate toxicity, it’s a welcome message:

He said “There’s nothing I can prescribe 
To keep your raunchy bag of bones alive” 
I got some money left for one more shot 
He said “God bless you” I said “Thanks a lot”

SLOW DEATH by The Flamin’ Groovies
SLOW DEATH by The Flamin’ Groovies performed live on French TV, 1972

5. Rounding out today’s post of the first five cannabis-friendly music videos in the Swedish Flying Saucer Instagram feed is a clip from An American Family, a 12-episode / 12-hour 1973 television documentary series about the Santa Barbara family of William C. Loud. In many ways, it was one of the first reality shows and presented a raw, unfiltered rendering of an upper echelon California family living as they did in their home habitat. Most musical minds will recall Lance Loud, the son who moved to New York to be a part of the Warhol scene and who became the lead singer of a quasi-punk proto-new wave band called The Mumps. In this clip, however, we get to watch and hear Lance’s brother, Grant, play a spirited and dead on acoustic version of The Kinks’ “Ape Man”.

AN AMERICAN FAMILY: Grant Loud plays The Kinks’ “Ape Man”

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