33.45.78 All Vinyl Radio Show
with Steve Fruitman
September 24, 2018

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Hour One – Various Drugs

1.   Steppenwolf: The Pusher (Hoyte Axton) 1968 *
2.   Buffy Saint-Marie: Cod’ine (Buffy Saint-Marie) 1970 *
3.   Ego: Mescalin (Bubbi Morthens / Ego) 1982
4.   Deep Purple: Speed King (Blackmore / Gillan / Glover / Lord / Paice) 1970
5.   Memphis Jug Band with Hattie Hart: Cocaine Habit Blues (Will Shade / Hattie Hart) 1930
6.   Diamond Joe White: Cocaine Blues (trad) 1981 *
7.   The Orton Yahoos: Cocaine Bill (Wayne Tucker) 1977 *
8.   Velvet Underground: Heroin (Lou Reed) 1967
9.   Savoy Brown: Needle and Spoon (Chris Youlden) 1970
10. Neil Young: The Needle And The Damage Done (Neil Young) 1972 *
11. The Byrds: Take A Whiff  (Trad) 1970

Hour Two – Pot and Acid

1.   The Fugs: Tune In, Turn On, Drop Out (Ed Saunders / Timothy Leary / Ken Weaver) 1968
2.   The Fugs: Marijuana (Tuli Kupferberg / Ken Sanders / Dorough) 1968
3.   David Peel & The Lower East Side: Legalize Marijuana (David Peel) 1969
4.   John Hartford: Granny Wontcha Smoke Some Marijuana (John Hartford) 1978
5.   The Good Brothers: The Rabbit (Bruce Good)  1976 *
6.   Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen: Down To Seeds And Stems Again Blues (Billy C Farlow) 1974
7.   Arlo Guthrie: Coming into Los Angeles (Arlo Guthrie) 1969
8.   The Haunted: Vapeur Mauve (Jimi Hendrix) 1968 *
9.   Donovan: Sunny Goodge Street (Donovan Leitch) 1965
10. Hugh Marsh: Purple Haze (Jimi Hendrix) 1987 *
11. The British Modbeats: LSD  (Taylor / May) 1967 *
12. Jefferson Airplane: White Rabbit (Grace Slick) 1967
13. The Flaming Groovies: 5D (Roger McGuinn) 1979
14. Grateful Dead: Truckin’ (Hunter / Garcia / Lesh / Weir) 1971
15. Joe Mendelson: Oh Travene (Joe Mendleson) 1972 *

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And Now for The Particulars:


Hour One - Various Drugs

1.   Steppenwolf: The Pusher (Hoyt Axton)
Steppenwolf: RCA Victor DS-50029
San Francisco / Toronto
John Kay: lead vocals, guitars, harmonica
Michael Monarch: guitars, bg vocals
Goldy McJohn: organ, keys
Rushton Moreve: bass, bg vocals
Jerry Edmonton: drums, bg vocals
Produced by Gabriel Mekler, 1968
Recorded by Bill Cooper and Richard Polodor at American Recording Co, Studio City CA

Hoyt Axton wrote this song after one of his friends died of a drug overdose. Axton has written songs for many artists, including Elvis Presley, The Byrds, and Three Dog Night. This was popularized by a Canadian group called The Sparrows, who played it as a long jam during their concerts. Steppenwolf recorded a much shorter, more radio-friendly version. The lyrics certainly "pushed" the limits as to what was acceptable for broadcast in 1968. It was far from the first song to make abundant and obvious drug references, but it was the first major release to include the phrase “God damn”.

Codeine is an opiate used to treat pain, was typical ingredient in cough medicines. Opiate is a term classically used in pharmacology to mean a drug derived from opium.

2.   Buffy Saint-Marie: Cod’ine (Buffy Saint-Marie)
The Best of Buffy Saint-Marie: Vanguard Records VSD 3/4
Piapot Cree First Nations Reserve, SK
Buffy Saint-Marie: guitar, vocal
Produced by Maynard Solomon 1970

Buffy got addicted to Codeine during treatment for bronchial pneumonia. This song serves as a warning.

Mescaline is a naturally occurring psychedelic alkaloid found in various cactus plants, including peyote.  Remember Carlos Castaneda’s ‘Teachings of Don Juan’!

3.   Ego: Mescalin (Bubbi Morthens / Ego)
i Mynd: Steinar Records ST 063
Reykjavic, Iceland
Bubbi Morthens: lead vocal
Gebbi Morthens: guitar
Runar: bass
Maggi Stef: drums
Produced by EGO and Tomas Tomasson, 1982
Recorded by Louis Austin, Starling Studios, London UK
Mastered at Town House Cutting Room

Speed is an amphetamine, or an upper. MDA was another fovourite amphetamine, most commonly used now as an ingredient in Ecstasy.

4.   Deep Purple: Speed King (Blackmore / Gillan / Glover / Lord / Paice)
Deep Purple In Rock: Warner Brothers WS 1877
London UK
Ritchie Blackmore guitar
Jon Lord keyboards, organ
Ian Paice drums, percussion
Ian Gillan lead vocals
Roger Glover bass
Produced by Deep Purple June 3, 1970
Recorded by Martin Birch at De Lane Lea Studios October 14, 1969 April 13, 1970
Mastered by Peter Mew

Cocaine, made from the coca leaf which grows in the Andes, can also be made into Crack and smoked. A "pinch of coca leaves" was included in John Styth Pemberton's original 1886 recipe for Coca-Cola, though the company began using decocainized leaves in 1906 when the Pure Food and Drug Act was passed. It is highly addictive.

5.   Memphis Jug Band with Hattie Hart: Cocaine Habit Blues (Will Shade / Jennie Mae Clayton)
Memphis Jug Band Double Album: Yazoo Records 1067
Memphis TN
Ben Ramey (vocalist)
Hattie Hart (vocalist)
Vol Stevens (vocalist)
Ben Ramey (kazoo)
Charlie Burse (guitar)
Hambone Lewis (jug)
Will Shade (harmonica)
Compilation LP produced - 1979
Recorded 5/17/1930 Memphis Auditorium, Memphis, Tennessee.

"Take a Whiff on Me” is an American folk song, with references to the use of cocaine. It is also known as "Cocaine Habit", and "Cocaine Habit Blues". It’s been recorded by Grateful Dead, Lonnie Donnegan, White Stripes, Leadbelly, etc.

6.   Diamond Joe White: Cocaine Blues (trad)
High Rider: Stoney Plain Recording Co SPL 1040
Calgary AB
Diamond Joe White: guitar, vocal
Ran Casat: piano
Tom McKillop: sax
Dick Kruger: steel
Jack Hiles: drums
Nathan Tinkham: guitar
Dave Wilke: mandolin
Roy Warburst: fiddle
Kim Kreamer, harmonica, bg vocal
Jeff Farley: stand up bass
Loretta Logan, Joanne Kuntz, Ken Christopher, Penny White: bg vocals
Produced by Ron Casat and Gabriel Boucher, 1981
Recorded by Gabriel Boucher and Steve Graupe at Smooth Rock Studios, Calgary
Mixed by Boucher, Casat and Graupe

7.   The Orton Yahoos: Cocaine Bill (Wayne Tucker)
The Great Canadian Tragedy: Howdy Records - SP 1004
Orton ON
Wayne Tucker, guitar, lead vocals
John Ellis, guitar, bass
Don Kobelt, mandolin, auto harp
Lynn Ferguson, vocals
Al Penrose, banjo
Maggie McFadzen, fiddle
Nino Martina, guitar
Chuck Van Dyke, banjo
Tim Tickner, drums, heyboards
Produced by Wayne Carrick & John Ellis 1977
Recorded at Sound Path Productions, Oakville ON by Peter Arthur

Heroin was first made by C. R. Alder Wright in 1874 from morphine, a natural product of the opium poppy. In 2015 Afghanistan produced about 66% of the world's opium.

8.   Velvet Underground: Heroin (Lou Reed)
The Velvet Underground & Nico: Verve (Canada) mono V 5008
New York City
Lou Reed: guitar, vocals
Sterling Morrison: guitar, bass
John Cale: electric viola, piano, bass
Maureen Tucker: percussion
Produced by Andy Warhol 1967
Recorded by Omi Haden at TTG Hollywood
Mixed by Tom Wilson , Gene Radice & David Green

Active between 1964 and 1973, formed in New York City by Lou Reed and John Cale.
Were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996

Heroin, written by Lou Reed in 1964, overtly depicts heroin use and abuse. Reed: “I was working for a record company as a songwriter, where they'd lock me in a room and they'd say write ten surfing songs, ya know, and I wrote "Heroin" and I said "Hey I got something for ya." They said, "Never gonna happen, never gonna happen."

9.   Savoy Brown: Needle and Spoon (Chris Youlden)
Raw Sienna: Parrot Records PAS 71036
Battersea, SW London UK
Chris Youlden, vocals, piano
Kim Simmonds, lead guitar
Lonesome Dave, rhythm guitar
Tone Stevens, bass
Roger Earl, drums
Produced by Kim Simmonds and Chris Youlden 1969
Recorded at Sound Studios, London

Foghat covered this song in 2010. The band initially featured Dave Peverett ("Lonesome Dave") on guitar and vocals, Tony Stevens on bass and Roger Earl on drums, after all three musicians left Savoy Brown in 1971.

10. Neil Young: The Needle And The Damage Done (Neil Young)
Decade: WEA - 3RS 2257
Toronto ON
Neil Young: guitar, vocal
Producer by Neil Young, 1976
Originally produced 1972 *

Written by Neil Young as a tribute to all the musicians who lost their chance at fame because of heroin. Young wrote it about Danny Whitten, one of the original members of his band Crazy Horse. In 1971, Young went on tour and hired Crazy Horse and Nils Lofgren as backup. During rehearsals, Whitten was so high on heroin that he couldn't even hold up his guitar. Young fired him, gave Whitten 50 bucks (for rehab) and a plane ticket back to Los Angeles. Upon reaching LA, Whitten overdosed on alcohol and Valium, and died.

11. The Byrds: Take A Whiff (On Me) (Trad)
Untitled: Columbia Records  G 30127
Los Angeles CA
Roger McGuinn: Lead guitar, vocals, moog
Clarence White: slide guitar
Skip Batton: bass
Gene Parsons: drums
Produced by Terry Melcher  1970
The studio sides were recorded at Columbia Studios, Hollywood CA by Terry Melcher

Hour Two – Pot and Acid

1.   The Fugs: Tune In, Turn On, Drop Out  (Ed Saunders / Timothy Leary / Ken Weaver)
Tenderness Junction: Reprise Records 6280
New York City
Ken Weaver: drums, vocals
Ed Saunders: vocals
Tuli Kukpferberg: vocals
Charles Larkey: bass
Dan Kootch: guitar, electric violin, vocals
Ken Pine giutar. haronica, vocals
Produced by Ed Saunders 1968
Recorded by Richard Alderson

"Turn on, tune in, drop out" is a counterculture-era phrase popularized by Timothy Leary in 1966.

Cannabis: The earliest recorded uses date from the 3rd millennium BC.

2.   The Fugs: Marijuana (Tuli Kupferberg / Ken Sanders / Dorough)
It Crawled Into My Hand, Honest: Reprise Records 6305
Ed Sanders: vocal
Ken Weaver: vocal
Tuli Kupferberg: vocal
Produced by Ed Saunders, 1968
Recorded by Richard Alderson at Impact Sound, NYC

3.   David Peel & The Lower East Side: Legalize Marijuana (David Peel) 1969
The American Revolution: Elektra Records EKS 74069
New York City
David Peel: vocal, guitar
Billy Joe White: vocal, guitar
Harold C Black: vocals, tambourine
Tony Bartoli: drums
Herb Bushler: bass
David Horowitz: organ
Richard Grando: sax
Marshal Efron: actor
Produced by Peter K Siegel 1970
Recorded by Stephen Y Scheaffer at Century Sound

David Peel (born David Michael Rosario NYC August 1, 1943 - d April 6, 2017 NYC)

The first protest singer to really push the boundaries for the legalization of pot. A good friend of Beatle John Lennon. John and Yoko, walking about New York, would often see Peel busking and would join in. According to Lennon about one particular time: “…he was suddenly there and we started singing with him in the street. And we got moved on by the police, and it was all very wonderful. That was it. He was such a great guy, you know. We loved his music and his spirit and everything.”

4.   John Hartford: Granny Wontcha Smoke Some Marijuana (John Hartford)
Nobody Knows What You do: Flying Fish Records  028
New York City NY
John Hartford - banjo, guitar, fiddle, vocals, harmony vocals
Sam Bush - mandolin, vocals, harmony vocals
David Briggs - piano
Jim Colvard - guitar
Dalton Dillingham - bass
Buddy Emmons - dobro, pedal steel guitar
Roy M. "Junior" Husky - bass
Kenny Malone - drums
Benny Martin - fiddle, guitar, harmony vocals
Dale Sellers - guitar
Mac Wiseman - vocals, harmony vocals
Producer by Michael Melford  1976
Recording Engineer: Claude Hill

John Cowan Hartford (December 30, 1937 NYC  June 4, 2001 Nashville)

Recorded between 1967  1998, 1st hit song was Gentle on my Mind, which was also recorded by Glen Campbell, Aretha Franklin, Dean Martin and Patti Page. He certainly loved to toke!

5.   The Good Brothers: The Rabbit (Bruce Good)
The Good Brothers: RCA  KPL1-0168
Richvale ON
Larry Good: banjo, vocal
Bruce Good: autoharp, vocal
Brian Good: guitar, vocal
Adam Mitchell: guitar, organ
Bob Mann: guitar
Danny McBride: guitar
John Allen: mandolin, fiddle
Michael Love, Tom Szczesniak: bass
John Capek, Gord Fleming: keys
Milan Kymlicka: strings
Pee Wee Charles, Al Briscoe: steel
Ed Wydeman, Margaret Good: bg vocal
Bodhan Hluzko (aka Michele Joseph), Dave Brown, Jon Anderson, Adam Mitchell: drums
Produced by Adam Mitchell - 1976
Recorded by Phil Sheridan & Allen Thorne at Thunder Sound, Toronto

6.   Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen: Down To Seeds And Stems Again Blues (Billy C Farlow)
Live From Deep In The Heart of Texas: Paramount Records PAS 1017
Ann Arbor, Michigan / San Francisco CA
George Frayne (Commander Cody) piano, keyboards, vocals
Billy C. Farlow harmonica, vocals
Bill Kirchen guitar, vocals
John Tichy guitar, vocals
Lance Dickerson drums, vocals
Bruce Barlow bass, vocals
Andy Stein violin, saxophone
Bobby Black steel guitar, vocals
Produced by Stephen Jarvis 1973
Recorded by the Wally Heider remote crew: Gabby Garcia, Ken Caliat, Bill Broms & Jerry
Stroud at The Armadillo World Headquarters, Austin Texas November, 1973

7.   Arlo Guthrie: Coming into Los Angeles (Arlo Guthrie)
Woodstock: Cotillion Records SD 3-500
Arlo Guthrie: guitar, vocal
Bob Arkin: bass
Paul Motian: drums
John Pilla: guitar
Produced by Eric Blackstead, 1970
Recorded live at Woostock, August 15, 1969

Keys are Kilos!

Arlo Guthrie returned on a flight home to Los Angeles from London in the mid-’60s, he discovered that his friends had slipped a small amount of drugs into his gifts. Guthrie’s fear of getting busted by Customs inspired the song

Guthrie told the Los Angeles Times that in 2003 he attracted the attention of two federal agents at Boston’s Logan Airport. “Now, people like me, we have a chemical reaction to people like that. One of them walks over and says, ‘You Guthrie?’ I said, ‘Yeah,’ and he looks at my bag and goes, ‘You got, uh, a couple keys in there?’ Then he just smiled and asked for an autograph. Hah! The times have changed, haven’t they?”

8.   Les Haunted: Vapeur Mauve (Jimi Hendrix)
45 single bw Talk Talk: Marquee XII/Trans World - 7001
Montreal QC
Bob Burgess (lead vocals)
Pierre Faubert (guitar)
Glen Holmes (bass)
Jurgen Peter (guitar)
Peter Symes (drums)
Produced by The Haunted - 1969

Purple Haze was a potent strain of American pot at the time.
They credited the song to (Jimi Hendricks)

9.   Donovan: Sunny Goodge Street (Donovan Leitch)
Fairy Tale: Pye Records NPL 30071
Glasgow SL
Donovan: guitar, harmonica, vocals
Skip Alan: drums
Brian Locking: bass
Shawn Phillips: guitar, 12 string guitar
Produced by Peter Eden, Geoff Stevens and Terry Kennedy, 1965
Recorded at Peer Music, London UK

Goodge Street, in London, is built around a tube station first named Tottenham Court Road. In the mid-1960s some of Goodge Street’s cafes gained a reputation as hang-outs where illicit substances might be obtained. Donovan’s ‘Sunny Goodge Street’ was one of the first pop songs to explicitly mention drug-taking. Judy Collins, Marianne Faithfull and Paul McCartney later recorded cover versions. For a while, Goodge Street’s name became emblematic of the ‘stoned’ hippie lifestyle, even rating a mention on the American cop show Hawaii Five-O.

In 1966, Geoff Stevens penned Winchester Cathedral and produced the New Vaudeville Band to fame.

10. Hugh Marsh: Purple Haze (Jimi Hendrix)
Shaking The Pumpkin: Duke St Records DSR 31043
Toronto ON
Robert Palmer, vocal
Hugh Marsh, violin
Jon Goldsmith, keys
Rob Piltch, guitar
Kevan McKenzie, drums
BJ Nelson, bg vox
Rob Yale, fairlight
Produced by Jonathan Goldsmith & Kerry Crawford 1987
Recorded by John Naslen at Manta Sound, Toronto

On May 3, 1969, customs agents at Toronto International Airport detained Hendrix after finding a small amount of what they suspected to be heroin and hashish in his luggage. Hendrix, who was then at the height of his career, was arrested, tried, and acquitted in Canada for drug possession. Although Hendrix was one of the biggest stars in North America at the time, and the world's highest-paid performer, only a couple of Toronto newspapers carried the story. His public relations manager, Michael Goldstein, later revealed that he bribed a member of the Associated Press with a case of liquor in an effort to prevent the story from going out on the news wire.

Lysergic acid diethylamide LSD

11. The British Modbeats: LSD (Taylor / May)
Mod........Is The British Modbeats: Red Leaf Records - RED 1002 - vinyl
St. Catherines / Grimsby, ON
Fraser Loveman: vocals
Joe Colonna: bass
Robbie Jeffrey: drums
Greig Foster: guitar
Mike Gorgichuk: guitar
Produced by Stan Klees - 1967
http://www.themodbeats.ca/ or mailto:themodbeats@gmail.com

LSD was first synthesized on November 16, 1938 by Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann. Beginning in the 1950s, the CIA began a research program administering LSD to CIA employees, military personnel, government agents, prostitutes, mentally ill patients, in order to study their reactions, usually without the subjects' knowledge. The project was revealed in the US congressional Rockefeller Commission report in 1975. On October 24, 1968, possession of LSD was made illegal in the United States.

STP is the street name for the synthetic hallucinogenic drug; I do remember hearing songs about it. Unfortunately, googling it just brings up the Stone Temple Pilots. STP was first synthesized as a drug in 1964, based around the chemical structure of Mescaline, the psychedelic is derived from the Peyote cactus.

12. Jefferson Airplane: White Rabbit (Grace Slick)
Surrealistic Pillow: LPM 3766
San Francisco CA
Grace Slick: vocal, keys
Jack Casady: bass
Spencer Dryden: drums
Paul Kantner: rhythm guitar
Marty Balin: guitar
Produced by Rick Jarrard, 1967
Recorded by David Hassinger at RCA Victor’s Music Center, Hollywood CA
Recorded October – November 1966

Slick wrote White Rabbit at home in Marin County in 1966 while still with The Great Society band. She composed it on an upright piano with missing keys, at the end of an acid trip during which she listened to Miles Davis’s Sketches Of Spain for 24 hours straight.

13. The Flaming Groovies: 5D (Roger McGuinn)
Jumpin’ In  The Night: Sire Reecords SRK 6067
San Francisco CA
Cyril Jordan: guitar, vocal
Chris Wilson: guitar, vocal
Mike Wilhelm: guitar
George Alexander: bass
David Wright: drums
Produced by Cyril Jordan and Roger Bechirian, 1979
Recorded by Roger Bechirian at Eden Studios, Advision Studios, London UK

According to composer, Roger McGuinn, the song's lyrics were an attempt to explain Einstein's theory of relativity but released right after 8 Miles High, the song was banned as a drug song. So I guess it’s a drug song then!

14. Grateful Dead: Truckin’ (Hunter / Garcia / Lesh / Weir)
American Beauty: Warner Brothers - K46074
San Francisco CA
Jerry Garcia – guitar, pedal steel, piano, vocals
Mickey Hart – percussion
Robert Hunter – lyrics
Bill Kreutzmann – drums
Phil Lesh – bass guitar, guitar, piano, vocals
Pigpen (Ron McKernan) – harmonica, vocals, lyrics on "Operator"
Bob Weir – guitar, vocals
Howard Wales: organ
Produced by The Grateful Dead, 1971
Recorded by Steve Barncard at Wally Helder Studos, San Francisco

The song was recognized by the United States Library of Congress in 1997 as a national treasure. The lyrics refer to a drug raid of the band's hotel lodgings in New Orleans during a concert tour earlier in 1970.

Xylometazoline, developed in 1956, is the drug found in nasal sprays like Otrivine. It was used by some as a quick fix but is very addictive.

15. Joe Mendelson: Oh Travene (Joe Mendleson)
Mr. Middle of the Road: Nobody Records 9230-1027
Emsdale ON
Mendelson Joe: all instruments, vocals
Janis Carmen, Mike Heydon, Jean Stinsen, Flea, David Andoff: bg vocals
Produced by Mendelson Joe (as Joe Mendelson) - 1972
Recorded at Eastern Sound, Toronto by Stuart Taylor

Oh Trevene was actually released as a single bw Growing Pain.

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