July 13, 2011

The Easybeats. Hampered somewhat by logistics.

I would venture to guess the vast majority of people reading this post either a: never heard of The Easybeats before. Or b: think they were a one-hit wonder with the 60's anthem Friday On My Mind.

I can understand why a lot of people may have never heard of The Easybeats. Even during their heyday they were relegated to a certain cult status in the U.S.. Which not only was a shame, it made no sense. Sure, they were Australian and the thing about touring and being based that far away from the "action" made getting their message across a bit more time consuming than most bands. Their timing in that regard wasn't all that good. But the fact of the matter was, The Easybeats were a wildly talented band, with two of the most prolific song writers in the rock idiom (Vanda and Young) who churned out a massive amount of memorable songs which somehow didn't make much of a dent in the U.S. - but they did in England, Germany and throughout Europe as well as being massive in their native Australia. What The Easybeats did was put Australia on the map as far as place where innovative music could be cultivated. They did in fact open quite a few doors as the later quasi-Easybeats incarnation AC/DC proved.

But tonight it's a track from 1967 - and no it's not Friday On My Mind, instead it's another single that was very big for them back home and is something of a classic in Psychedelia. Come In You'll Get Pneumonia is just mind-melting on its own, even though it's laced with Pop hooks, it's a three minute masterpiece.

So now you get a chance to broaden your horizons and hear what else The Easybeats did. In a word - lots.

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