Records intended for the AM radio market cranked up the ODD-ometer, and some downright FREAKY tracks were released which never became hits but survive as relics from a very different age. An age where remnants of the psychedelic sound mated with bubblegum songcraft and a pinch of the 'HEAVY' rock (without the ...'n' roll) fused together.
In only their second year of releases, Status Quo's 'Make Me Stay A Bit Longer' was the seventh single from this prolific band that were a textbook example of starting off very psychedelic (their debut 45, 'Pictures Of Matchstick Men') and eventually becoming a long running British institution of hard rock. Status Quo released their 100th single in 2013!
'Make Me Stay A Bit Longer' finds the group in transition from the swirly coloured early releases into 'heavy' territory. While the chord changes on the verse are jarring and unconventional (although this effect was used later on to great effect by Sonic Youth and the bands that followed in their footsteps), the chorus is catchy and very poppy indeed. It failed to chart ANYWHERE.
'Getting Thru To You' seems to be a one off from Seattle group The Four Below Zero. The record has a great swagger that wouldn't sound out of place on the score of a late '60's biker flick, and 1:00 into the track, the whole vibe changes up and gets really weird. The it's all over at 1:32, leaving me scratching my head saying "What was THAT?" Not unlike the quirky songwriting styles of the likes of bands such as Neutral Milk Hotel.
While the release date of 'Too Fortiche', by a French studio project called Les Yper Sound is listed as 1967, it sure sounds a bit later to me. Take some outrageous fuzzed out guitar, add a few drum breaks and otherworldly, spaced out synthesiser blips and the results are one FREAKY record. The men behind the release Pierre Henry and Michael Colombier, were a electronic music pioneer and an innovator in musique concrete composition and a producer/ writer of film scores, respectively. The synth work foreshadowed the likes of progressive '70's groups such as Gong, Hawkwind, and Neu.
While The Sweet (later, simply, Sweet) are one of the quintessential glam rock groups, they busted out a serious freak out jam as the flip side of their glam hit 'Little Willie' in 1972. Starting off with an outrageous heavy guitar intro, the group launches into a variation of the 'Foxy Lady' riff and rhythm, for an ass kicking romp thru some seriously heavy, seriously psychedelic sounds. Interestingly enough, this particular copy came from the haul of an early 70's soul DJ whose collection I purchased, and out of the hundreds of 45's, very few of them were rock records. He marked the 'hot' side of records with an X, and it's no surprise that he put the 'X' on 'The Man From Mecca' and not 'Little Willie'. Makes perfect sense to me, as I could easily see spinning this disc along side early funk and '70's soul; I bet he lit up the dance floor when he did it back in the day, too.