„Taking drugs to make music to take drugs to“, Spacemen 3 once declared.
And yes, the songs on the following playlist probably sound even better when you enjoy them with a moderate dose of a hallucinogenic drug of your choice.
But drugs are bad, kids, and sometimes music is all you need to escape your troubled mind. These songs get you high on wall of sounds and make your heart beat faster with their bass lines. ~Open your mind ~
(i couldn’t find all of the songs on Spotify, but most of them should be on YouTube).
Side A – ~The Uppers~
- White Rabbit – Jefferson Airplane
- Thing in „E“ – The Savage Resurrection
- Break on Through – The Doors
- Eyes of the World – Grateful Dead
- Walking Through My Deams – The Pretty Things
- Elevator – Haymarket Squares
- Eight Miles High – The Byrds
- Octopus – Syd Barret
- Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds – The Beatles
- Levitation – 13th Floor Elevators
- Keep Your Mind Open – Kaleidoscope
- Man it Feels Like Space Again – Pond
- Medicine Cabinet – Hookworms
- The Spaceman – The Cosmic Dead
- Future Echo – The Oscillation
- Satin Skies – Triptides
- Cellophane – King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
- Amber Hands – S.C.U.M
- Mind Mischief – Tame Impala
- Prisms – Temples
- Animals – GOASTT
Side B – ~The Downers~
- Song For A Dreamer – Procol Harum
- Hallucinations – Tim Buckley
- Creation – The Incredible String Band
- Venus in Furs – The Velvet Underground
- Just Like Honey – Jesus & Mary Chain
- Fear and Loathing In My Own Private Memory – The Underground Youth
- Velvet –The Big Pink
- Drifting Deeper – TOY
- Anemone – Brian Jonestown Massacre
- Paisley- Holydrug Couple
- Bathed in Light – Gengahr
- Windowpane – Mild High Club
- Conceptual Romance – Jenny Hval
- Drag – Cat’s Eyes
- Sosmos Lobos- Baba Naga
- Soothe Me – YUCK
- Dopamine – DIIV
- Mixed Feelings – Jacco Gardner
- Myth – Beach House
- Diagram Girl – Beyond The Wizard’s Sleeve
- Sea Within A Sea – The Horrors
Read: I wouldn’t know of any book that captures the psychedelic era as perfectly as Tom Wolfe’s „The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test“ does. Wolfe gives insightful observations into the Californian ‚Summer of Love‘ hippie scene, detailed descriptions of LSD experiences and stories featuring pretty much everyone relevant during that time (like Ken Kesey, Neal Cassady aka Dean Moriarty from On the Road, Grateful Dead and lots more).
At one point in the book Wolfe is bemoaning the indescribability of acid experiences to anyone who has never tried it.. only for the next paragraph to turn into a wonderful description of an LSD experience, so rich in images that it comes close to having tried it yourself.
Also: Aldous Huxley’s self-studies about LSD (that Wolfe is referring to in his book as well) The Doors of Perception/Heaven&Hell, The Psychedelic Experience: A Manual Based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead (again referred to by Huxley in his book) and The Road of Excess by Brian Barritt.
Watch: The weirder the better! For example Holy Mountain by Alejandro Jodorowsky or The Trip by Roger Corman. Also the intense and disturbing Enter the Void by Gaspar Noé.
And basically biopic about the protagonists of the 60s acid/psych scene, Jimi Hendrix, Woodstock, The Other One (about Bob Weir)…
(Cover Photo by Brian Gaynor)