song suggestions for a psychedelic coverband?

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by ::::BASSIST::::, Aug 9, 2009.

  1. ::::BASSIST::::

    ::::BASSIST:::: Progress Not Perfection.

    Sep 2, 2004
    Vancouver, BC Canada
    So yeah, I'm thinking of starting a psychedelic coverband. The psychedelic music of the 60s was some of the best music ever made IMO.

    So far I have:

    hurdy gurdy man
    Break On Through
    Not To Touch The Earth
    Nights in White satin
    eight miles high
    The Hollies - Carrie Anne
    the white rabbit
    Venus by Shocking Blue

    Gotta get some beatles in there too.

    Probably going to call it Paisely Skies.

    What are some of your favourites?
  2. Quadcam


    May 8, 2009
    One Toke over the Line - Brewer & Shipley

    Dr. Gonzo Approves
  3. Kenny Allyn

    Kenny Allyn

    Mar 25, 2006
    Your gonna want some great "jam out" tunes here are some I remember (did I really say that) :scowl:

    "Want Somebody to Love" ... Jefferson Airplane about anything by them really

    "Season of the Witch"
    ... Originally by Donovan but lots of great versions out there.

    "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" ... Iron Butterfly

    "Time Has Come Today" ... The Chambers Brothers

    :smug: ... And my soul has been psychedelicized ... lyric from The Chambers Bros. tune "Time Has Come Today"
  4. IvanMike

    IvanMike TTRPG enthusiast, Happy, Joyous, & Free. Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2002
    Middletown CT, USA
    big thing for that is to NOT play songs that were not hits. ditto for really long songs from the era (or shorten them).

    the funny mamas and papas trib band i play with plays other flower power songs as well. the crowd that digs them tend to be 40+, and younger people who have heard tunes on the radio years later.

    Try listening to your local oldies and soft rock stations for a few weeks and jot down songs as you hear them that may fit. My rule of thumb for the M&P band was, if you don't hear the song on those stations in a week of listening, DON'T play it.

    my $0.02
  5. wooden ships csn

    i had too much to dream electric prunes

    talk talk music machine?

    let it all hang out the hombres

    you keep me hangin on vanilla fudge version with a real
    guitar solo

    slippin into darkness war close enough and a great tune

    something from vincebus eruptum blue cheer
    parchment/parchman farm or summertime blues bring many marshalls

    we gotta get out of this place..... animals

    seven and seven is love

    journey to the center of the mind amboy dukes

    the story in your eyes moody blues

    death sound country joe and the fish

    big brother and the holding co if you can find the right vocalist

    fresh air quicksilver messenger service

    2000 light years from home stones

    sgt peppers beatles and reprise at the end

    early hendrix
  6. Mama Told Me by Three Dog Night
  7. Check out some old Blind Faith stuff like Cant Find My Way Home, Sea of Joy, Had to Cry Today really any song their all really amazing
  8. Dosed_Mind


    May 21, 2006
    How about something off Pink Floyds first album "The Piper at the Gates of Dawn"?

    As for Beatles theres always stuff like Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds and Tommorow Never Knows (the band on Letterman seems to have a thing for that one :smug:)

    Some Hendrix might be suitable as well?
  9. jmcgliss

    jmcgliss Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2007
    These work better if you have an organ in the group:

    Magic Carpet Ride - Steppenwolf. Has a cool trippy section.

    Journey to the Center of Your Mind -Ted Nugent & Amboy Dukes. This was the second 45rpm I bought as kid. The first was Happy Together (Turtles).

    Hush - Deep Purple.
  10. Stumbo

    Stumbo Guest

    Feb 11, 2008
    Here's a link you might want to check out:

    There are also links to the top 100 songs year by year for the sixties. Should be able to fill out your list pretty easily with the 100's of songs they have listed.

    Let us know how it goes.

    Good luck.
  11. EddiePlaysBass


    Feb 26, 2009
    "Let's Go to San Francisco" by The Flower Pot Men. You can then also do their other hit, "Let's Go Back to San Francisco" :D
  12. "watch her ride" -jefferson airplane, is one of my favorites

    "peace frog" -the doors

    "it's my life" -the animals, also "san franciscan nights" is a cool song

    it't not really "psychadelic" i suppose, but it'd would be totally awesome to do the entire medley set that is the B side of Abbey Road... just an idea.
  13. BluesWalker

    BluesWalker Supporting Member

    Jun 17, 2008
    San Diego
  14. Busker


    Jan 22, 2007
    If you like "Hurdy Gurdy Man" there are a couple more Donovan songs I know of. "Mellow Yellow" and "Atlantis." Atlantis might be hard to cover though.

    BTW, the guitarist on Hurdy Gurdy Man was a young Jimmy Page.:p

    I agree with IvanMike and oldrocker. You need to play the hits. Non-recognizable songs would not go over well, most likely. And Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In) by Kenny Rodgers and the First Edition would be an excellent choice.

    Check out "Time Of The Season" by The Zombies, and other songs by the Zombies as well (they were one of the best bands of that era IMO).
  15. N.F.A.


    Jun 25, 2009
    In a blue funk
    Hot Smoke n Sassafras - Bubble Puppy
    Open My Eyes - The Nazz
    India - The Corporation
    Are You Gonna Be There - Chocolate Watch Band
  16. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Fusion Cats Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones
    Almost any Grateful Dead ("The Golden Road" from the first album would KILL)
    Almost any Jefferson Airplane (not Starship) - try "Plastic Fantastic Lover"

    Other bands to check into:
    Quicksilver Messenger Service
    It's a Beautiful Day

    and of course, Janice Joplin with Big Brother and the Holding Company
  17. LSquared


    Jul 28, 2009
    SW Illinois USA
    There's lots of good suggestions here. I agree about sticking with (mostly) well known songs, but you can alwyas sneak in a "nugget" or two!!

    Lots of great suggestions here, but how about the most classic of the psychedellic era:Incense & Peppermint, by Strawberry Alarm Clock

    I also like SWLRB by Cream
  18. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
    In addition to those mentioned.

    Sunshine Of Your Love - Cream
    Sunshine Superman - Donovan
    Spirit In The Sky - Norman Greenbaum
    For Your Love - The Yardbirds
    Pushin' Too Hard - The Seeds
    I Had Too Much To Dream - The Electric Prunes
    Wild Thing - The Troggs
    Sit Down, I Think I Love You - The Mojo Men
    We Ain't Got Nothin' Yet - The Blues Magoos
    Little Black Egg - The Nightcrawlers
    Your Auntie Grezelda - The Monkees
    Little Girl - The Syndicate Of Sound
    Shapes Of Things - Max Frost & The Troopers

    There are many more good choices
  19. rcarraher


    Dec 21, 2008
    The Electric Prunes: "I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night)"
    The Seeds: "Pushin' Too Hard"
    The 13th Floor Elevators: "You're Gonna Miss Me"
    Country Joe and The Fish: "Porpise Mouth"
    Count Five: "Psychotic Reaction"
    The Magic Mushrooms: "It's-a-Happening"
    Strawberry Alarm Clock: "Incense and Peppermints"
    The Outsiders: "Time Won't Let Me"
    Swingin' Medallions: "Double Shot (Of My Baby's Love)"
    The Amboy Dukes: "Journey to the Center of the Mind"

    And that only the first set

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