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Trompe L'Oreille

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Chameleons UK  Tomorrow Never Knows (the Beatles)  buy on itunes
Primal Scream  Slip Inside This House (13th Floor Elevators)  buy on itunes
the Embrooks  Feel Like Flying (the Attack)  buy on itunes
Sun Dial  Magic Potion (the Open Mind)  buy on itunes
Ride  How Does It Feel To Feel (the Creation)  buy on itunes
Plasticland  Alexander (the Pretty Things)  buy on itunes
Chesterfield Kings  Satisfaction Guaranteed (the Mourning Reign)  buy on itunes
Fantastic DeeJays  Fight Fire (the Golliwogs)  buy on itunes
the Riviera Playboys  You Treated Me Bad (the Ju Jus)  buy on itunes
Webb Wilder  I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night) (the Electric Prunes)  buy on itunes
Headboys  Shapes Of Things To Come (Max Frost & the Troopers)  buy on itunes
Voivod  Astronomy Domine (Pink Floyd)  buy on itunes
the Wondermints  Arnold Layne (Pink Floyd)  buy on itunes
the Grip Weeds  I Can Hear The Grass Grow (the Move)  buy on itunes
McFadden's Parachute  Frustration (the Mystic Tide)  buy on itunes
the Strawberry Zots  Get Me To The World On Time (the Electric Prunes)  buy on itunes
Brian Jonestown Massacre  Sailor (the Cryan' Shames)  buy on itunes
Bongwater  the Porpoise Song (the Monkees)  buy on itunes
the Church  It's All Too Much (the Beatles)  buy on itunes

Comment:

It's a "Trick Of The Ear"...

The Dead Man once asked visitors to his website "What are your favorite cover versions of psychedelia?" (paraphrasing, gist intact).
Since I came across the question I've been thinking and assembling some of the versions which are my own answer. So many great tracks have been rescued from obscurity with the veritable onslaught of the many compilations available to the conniesseur and the newcomer aiding the cause of the originals alongside their peers. The upshot of this wave of nostalgia has been that bands flexing their neo-psych' brain have a wealth of access to said originals and have been honoring their forefathers by covering these great tracks.
For me the Beatles "Tomorrow Never Knows" has been a touchstone of everything I appreciate and enjoy in psychedelia. The Chameleons UK however give it the "oomph" that I sometimes wish the original had. They put the power ON! The next track, covered here by Primal Scream, has long been a favorite version since I first heard it more than a decade ago.(Tempus fugit, indeed.) Also, the Primals version takes the original and fully makes it their own, instead of a note-for-note recreation. We're better for it, too, imho. The Embrooks belong in the aformentioned set of "neo-psychsters" who pay homage on more than one occasion with great cover versions, the choice was tough. Gary Ramon's Sun Dial doing their version of the Open Mind's "Magic Potion" has been held in high esteem since their version first appeared. I'll not go through each track but want to touch upon a few of the remaining tracks-Plasticland openly admits the Pretty Things were their favorite band, so it's no coincidence they do a ripping version of the Pretty's "Alexander". The Golliwogs "Fight Fire" has been a personal fav' since I first heard it on the Dead Man's brilliant internet radio show so when sr71 offered me this cover I jumped.., big thanks. McFadden's Parachute is one of three Rochester bands appearing on this comp' and the newest, to me, in terms of familiarity with their music. They, too, have so many solid choices for obscure cover versions in their discography but this version of the Mystic Tide track leapt out at me after repeated listenings. (The Squire of the Subterrain hipped me to them and I'm eternally grateful.) Finally, the Church do a knock-out job on their version of "It's All Too Much", from their all-covers release: Box of Birds...again, a tough choice but I thought the symmetry of the begin/end justified the appearance.
This mix is dedicated to the site's birthday boy & resident Psych'-ic----Gerry McDonald, Happy Psychedelic Wishes!!!

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p the swede
Date: 2/14/2005
well I got the honour to ne first my fav is Primals version Of 13th floor elevator
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p the swede
Date: 2/14/2005
well I forgot, Happy birthday my scottish fellow
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p the swede
Date: 2/14/2005
oops is it only me here ;). Love and rockets did a pretty good version of Lucifer sam and REM made a really good "I walked with a zombie"
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McDonald12
Date: 2/14/2005
Quite stunning, Valis. A truly exceptional piece of work. Can't wait to get a listen to this, and many thanks for the kind wishes! Viva le Valis!
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Saaf
Date: 2/14/2005
Excellent idea. A disc of the originals would make a great companion. Do I detect a Meddle influence in the cover?
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sr71
Date: 2/14/2005
i can hear colors and taste music just looking at this set list. bloody brilliant. also glad to see you came around on bongwater. i was hoping i could win ya over to the bong side of the moon.
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Curtis_Burns
Date: 2/14/2005
I'm with the birthday boy (happy, happy birthday Gerry!), this is "quite stunning." Love the cover, love the notes and love the mix. The Ride, Voivod (what a fuckin' monster that is...), Bongwater and Beatle cover bookends especially.
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g.a.b. l@bs
Date: 2/14/2005
Looking quite stellar Mr. Hertel!

(& a 'Happy Birthday' t'G_Mac)
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joey de vivre
Date: 2/14/2005
Uncovering the mysteries . . . this is making my ears light up & glow. I only know most of these from the originals, but they're originals I'd like to hear again from across the universe on a different wavelength.
It's all too much!
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It's a-happening, valis! Oh, and here's an alternate cover of The Porpoise Song by Oranger... http://www.oranger.net/sound/oranger-PorpoiseSong.mp3
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Siobhan
Date: 2/15/2005
Huzzah for another Valis mix! Looks wonderful - very clever and I like the liner notes a lot. And I'm definitely in agreement with p about the Primal Scream track - awesome.
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plushpig
Date: 2/15/2005
Ooh this looks GOOD. Some personal faves (Wondermints, Bongwater) some that I'd love to hear (virtually everything else particularly Sun Dial & the Voivoids). Have a tipple of Dr Hoffman's finest on me sir!
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gobi
Date: 2/15/2005
Music to me ears indeed my good sir> 2, 5 & 17 are all that I know/have. Oh & this is Cliff via Gobi`s.
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G-Sphere
Date: 2/15/2005
This is fantastic.
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Sean Lally
Date: 2/15/2005
It's Gerry's big day? Wow! What a great mix and reason to celebrate! I know some of these covers and all the originals - so this totally kicks ass. How could it not - it's a Valis mix!
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hemizen
Date: 2/15/2005
O Happy day for us-a Valis mix. Happy B-day Gerry!
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mckbrd
Date: 2/15/2005
this looks great and great notes.... Best wishes to our friend Gerry too!!!!!
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Muzag
Date: 2/15/2005
Superb looking mix, Valis. Don't know too many of the versions here but you sure have lured me in with those notes.And a belated Happy Birthday to Gerry, too :)
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12vman
Date: 2/16/2005
This is certainly an earful! Great mix, Valis - happy b-day, Gerry.
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Moe
Date: 2/16/2005
Late to the party as usual (as all my fellow AOTMers have already emptied the keg. I'm gettin' nothing but foam here.) Yes, you've got some dandy covers gathered here. In most cases, I either know the original or the cover, but not both. Hope to get my ears on it sometime! Lots of great covers of Porpoise Song out there in addition to Bongwater & Oranger -- the Wondermints, the Church and Lollipop Train all have a good go at it. And happy birthday Gerry. Is that him passed out in the corner?
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Mixxer
Date: 2/16/2005
Trompe L'Oreille, bien sur! Et, trompe l'oeil aussi. Nice one, valis.
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Dead Man
Date: 2/17/2005
Oh man, is this cool! I don't know all of these, but the ones I do know are excellent. Great theme, great cover, great tracks.
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FLWB
Date: 2/23/2005
Years ago I had pigeonholed my collection by concentrating almost entirely on covers...this mix makes me wonder why I got away from that. Thanks!
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Lancelot Link IV1
Date: 2/24/2005
Nicely done! Would love to have this to replace my copy of "The Space Negros Do Generic Ethnic Muzak Versions of All Your Favorite Punk/Psychedelic Songs From the Sixties."
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Salman1
Date: 3/1/2005
Whoa, I missed this the first time. Great mix.
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Nest of Vipers
Date: 3/1/2005
Missed this... Looks lovely.
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fletcher kane bowman
Date: 4/2/2005
Nice mix, kudos on Chameleons and the Church!
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French Connection
Date: 9/27/2005
Lord knows where I wasat at the time? Come to think of it Lord knows where i'm at now too? Would love to hear this mon ami.
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the spangle maker
Date: 1/30/2006
that ride cover is certainly fantastic! must seek out that chameleons cover, among many others.
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Williams1
Date: 5/17/2006
Excellent! I love a great covers album!

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