Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Transmission 7708

Set the controls for a saucerful of bricks in the wall with sounds by Pink Floyd, Controlled Bleeding and We're Late For Class!

T7708 is a 61.8mb 128k mp3 1:07:34 in length made loud to be played loud!

"we don't need no thought control"

RFW

The following is an excerpt from the wonderful We're Late For Class blog that features 'Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun' As Played By Vanilla Fudge Imitating Iron Butterfly When Fudge Were Forced To Open For Butterfly At The Fillmore West After In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida Went Top Ten!

Someone suggested the title might be too long. What do you think? Actually, it's a 'what-if' game. It came about during this weekend's session - augmented by a keg, fortified by Rudy's killer stash and some 60's psych albums. It started as a hypothetical...What if... the Vanilla Fudge flew out to the Fillmore West for a gig. When they arrived they saw Iron Butterfly during soundcheck. The Butterfly were polishing a new song they planned to premiere later that night - which the Fudge laughed off as being an incompetent rip off of Pink Floyd's "Set The Controls For The Heart of The Sun." Bill Graham came along to tell them that, instead of closing the show, they'd be opening for Iron Butterfly because In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida just went Top 10. The Fudge were furious. Bad enough getting dicked around but... opening for Iron Butterfly was an insult that just would not stand. They threatened to walk but Graham reminded them he had a contract... and their return flight tickets. So, the group skipped soundcheck and even thought about skipping the gig when, instead, they showed up at the last minute to take the stage. Forgoing their usual set, Vanilla Fudge played a one song show. Their own, improvised version of 'Set The Controls For The Heart of The Sun,' sounding amazingly like the Butterfly's soundcheck. Especially so, since the Fudge were actually imitating Iron Butterfly throughout the set, down to the simple riffs and shiny Nehru jackets. During the show, members of Iron Butterfly began collecting in the wings and vile stares were silently exchanged between members of both bands. But the Fudge did not let up... not until their contracted 40 minute performance time had expired. Afterwards, a fight breaks out backstage between Doug Ingle and Carmine Appice. The Fudge picked up their check and caught the redeye back to New York. This 40 minute track is the 'what if.' Recorded May 26, 2007, it features a Chinese water torture rhythm, faux Fillmore vibes, a space exploration about 22 minutes in and a mind numbing reprise another 10 minutes later. Get comfy, and get stoned. No ticket refunds.

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5 comments:

We're Late For Class said...

Hey Dave,
Fantastic. Thanks for the plug and the inclusion in your fine series of transmissions. We appreciate the support and the fun. All the best to you and thanks again.
WLFC

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RADIO FREE WOHLMAN said...

Hi WLFC,

Thanks for your ears and keep in touch

Dave
RFW

We're Late For Class said...

Big Dave,

A bunch of us listened to your show last night and loved it. And that was even before you said all the nice stuff about us. A couple of the guys are pouring over your blog as we speak for some more psychedelic shows, so we may be diggin more of your work this weekend.

If it wasn't for the fact that you post new transmissions nearly every day, we'd accuse you of using our 40 minute dirge to pad your show, kick back and take it easy. But, we can see you're not the lazy type so we're honored to be included.

Thanks again for all the space.
All the best,
WLFC

RADIO FREE WOHLMAN said...

Hey WLFC

Glad you had a communal RFW party! Lots of past and future psych shows to explore - have fun!

Let me me know if you find something that inspires your next session!

Dave
RFW

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