Cannabis-Friendly Music, Part 2

Note: This is the second installment in our series about cannabis-friendly music. The order applied to the videos & clips isn’t a ranking, but simply follows the order of posts on our Instagram feed. All you need to know is that this is heady, cannabis-friendly music.

6. Starting the second round of cannabis-friendly music videos at number six is another Swedish Flying Saucer project, unofficially dubbed The Record Refugees. The track, called “Kosmische Rock”, is a glorious cacophony of cannabis-infused musik abiding Tommy Hall’s & Roky Erickson’s concept of “play[ing] the acid” (in this case, “playing the cannabis”) in an effort to transmit cosmic consciousness to the listener. Always helpful if the listener takes the initiative to put herself in that state of mind prior to listening, if possible, but it isn’t essential.

KOSMISCHE ROCK by The Record Refugees

7. The Pink Fairies took heavy, psychedelic, speed-fueled rock to overdose levels, leaving the world with a classic 1973 LP, one of our favorites, called Kings of Oblivion. Fortunately for us, video exists chronicling their sort of psych-out mayhem, courtesy of French television, which has supplied a panoply of obscure and brilliant music videos to streaming platforms for our cerebral consumption. Here are the Fairies playing live in London in 1973, recorded by the French for their Pop 2 programming. Video also includes an interview.

PINK FAIRIES live 1973, London

8. The Pretty Things were another superb English psychedelic rock band that included future Pink Fairies drummer Twink on their groundbreaking album S.F. Sorrow. The Pretty Things began early on as a Stones-esque English R&B band who’s musical style evolved over the years in tandem with other groups and which peaked with this album. S.F. Sorrow was recorded at Abbey Road studios and features the kind of pop psychedelia that bands like The Beatles and The Who had incorporated into their own repertoires. Once again we owe the French gratitude for hosting and capturing this classic performance.

BARON SATURDAY by The Pretty Things

9. We continue to hold fast to the British Isles with the next video featuring two classic and deeply talented songwriters and musicians, Bert Jansch (RIP) and Anne Briggs. Jansch’s story is book-worthy, so I won’t even try. Suffice to say he was Scottish and brought up musically on traditional English folk songs and the folk-blues of the duo Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee. Jansch is known for, among other things, being ripped off by Paul Simon, who asked to learn Jansch’s arrangement of “Scarborough Fair” and then copyrighted it under his own name. This song, “Blackwater Side”, is another traditional English folk song arranged by Jansch. Led Zeppelin included an instrumental version of the song that mirrored Jansch’s arrangement on their debut album, which they titled “Black Mountain Side” and credited to themselves. Once again, Jansch had been ripped off by other musicians. Anne Briggs is an English folk singer and songwriter with a beautiful voice who sadly never gained the kind of recognition she deserved. She certainly deserves more than I’m offering here, so let this be a starting point for the uninitiated. Know that this song suits her voice and style very much. Here are Anne and Bert from the documentary Acoustic Routes.

BLACKWATER SIDE (Trad.) by Anne Briggs and Bert Jansch

10. Rounding out part 2 in our cannabis-friendly music parade and bringing us back to the US is the electronic music experimenter, Bruce Haack. Haack’s work burrows deeply into the guts of electronic sounds, in some cases nearly fusing with circuit boards and capacitors, sounding more like a robot than a human. The highlight and lead-off track of his album Hush Little Robot, “Electric To Me Turn” could be Haack’s most robotic infusion as he wails and moans in a cyber-spiced plea along with the frenetic, synthesized music track. The song is relentless in tempo and evokes the desperation of a machine seeking authenticity and autonomy. It is chilling, but fun, and begs the question whether Haack finally succeeded in fulfilling his robot calling.

ELECTRIC TO ME TURN by Bruce Haack

Primitive Zippo
Doing high dives into the California cannabis industry, cannabis culture, cannabis-friendly music and anything else cannabis-related residing in the vast expanse of my turgid cranium.

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