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.
First up in this installment is River Deep's 'Take A Ride', which is essentially 2:35 of very dirty innuendo on top of a high energy beat track. This appears to be the only record by River Deep, so I'm assuming they were a studio concoction (as were so many of these types of records).
Next up we have 'Neurotic Reaction' from a German band (called Die Anderson) that was re-named Kannibal Komix for the US market. The track (1970) reminds me of the music that I remember hearing in low budget films from the era that had a ubiquitous LSD-bad-trip scene that would show on UHF TV Saturday afternoons when I was a kid. Records like this also kind of fall into a proto-glam category, as they would fit right in with the danceable rock tracks that became the mode de rigeur of the glam scene.
While I've had the Plant & See 45 in my collection for a long time, I had no idea until this morning any details about the band. It turns out that their lone LP (from which this 45 was taken from in 1969) has been recently reissued by Light In The Attic Records, and the group history is fascinating. Vocalist and songwriter Willie Lowery was a Native American (he passed away in 2012), the drummer was a black man (the incredible Forris Fulford, who defies gravity with his drumming here), the bass player Latino (Ron Seiger), and a lady backing vocalist (Carol Fitzgerald). The track sure does COOK, and it's yet another variation on the 'Foxy Lady' rhythm (itself a variation of the old bump 'n' grind) that was heard on so many of these types of records.