EXPERIENCE PSYCHEDELIC ROCK HISTORY!
– HAPPENINGS TEN YEARS TIME AGO –
October 1966 – 2:55
The Top 13 Historic & Classic 1960s Psychedelic Songs Count-Down
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By October 1966, we had all been experiencing the early British Invasion and its influence which was predominately Pop and Pop-Rock.
Then for those of us who dug deeper the emerging British Blues bands provided the sound that we could sink our teeth and minds into. Before Cream, the Who, the Stones or Hendrix, the Yardbirds were interpreting the classic blues into a new form of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
As new as all this music was, we adapted immediately, it was if it was a predestined-from-birth event that our generation would experience this musical and cultural revolution. But that said, this song by the Yardbirds stood out – it was a mind-blower.
I was only fifteen and a half when this was released on the airwaves and was amazed at what I was hearing. In such a short span of my life on this planet music went from the ’50’s Song Stylists to Elvis to the Beach Boys to the Beatles and then the whole Brit-Pop Invasion, and then to this; “Happenings Ten Years Time Ago”, a Seminal Psychedelic Gem.
The Yardbirds, have always seriously been one of my all time top favorite bands – more than the Beatles and equal to the Stones – and while most Yardbirds fans acknowledge the fun of having Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck together or in the band separately, it was the way they could take standards and make them their own as well as all of their very original songs. The volume of unbelievable primo Rock ‘n’ Roll that has been recorded by the Yardbirds since day one is legendary, amazing and righteous and a core example of Rock ‘n’ Roll at its finest.
Keith Relf owns the spookiest, coolest, unique voice in Rock and Eric, Jeff and Jimmy, well we know what happened to those clowns; Jim McCarty, drums; Chris Dreja, rhythm guitar; and future Led Zep John Paul Jones, bass; were a dream band that consistently produced Rock Gems: “I’m A Man”, “Shapes of Things”, “Little Games”, “Over Under Sideways Down”, “Mister You’re A Better Man Than I”, Train Kept A Rollin”, “Heart Full Of Soul”, “Smokestack Lightnin'”, “For Your Love” and my personal fave threesome I call the “Yardbird Chants” “Still I’m Sad“, “Turn Into Earth” and “Only the Black Rose“- I could go on, but you get the idea – unique, hard core, beautiful, original Psychedelic Rock ‘n’ Roll!
The Yardbirds had a hold of the pulse of Rock with a pull toward the future (Led Zeppelin were the “New Yardbirds” originally) and with Happenings Ten Years Time Ago they indelibly etched-in-stone the beginning of the Psychedelic Rock Era.
Once again, I wasn’t sure what I heard in this song that I connected with but the cool cacophony of the middle section, the words, the insane guitar, the door that opened to another realm of music, the whole song – it was all too familiar, but it couldn’t have been, … or could it?
Since all of this music was new to everyone we all had personal and universal reactions to these songs and for me Happenings Ten Years Time Ago was a song my soul had been waiting to hear – and I gained full appreciation of this song a year or so later with my initiations into the World of Psychedelics.
The Yardbirds: take a look at the single cover above, what a group of Bad-Asses!
Check the sneer on Beck, the stern glare on Page, Relf’s ready to burn holes through you with his eyes and Dreja’s about to pull out a gat! McCarty just seems bemused.
Dig these three: the Original, Live and Something Else:
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