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The Sound Of 1968

November 8, 2018

Looking forward to the MC5 gig at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire on Monday ? Me too. I was hoping to be your DJ for the evening but I lost out to someone rather better known…

Had I got the gig I planned to play only 7″ singles released in 1968, this gig celebrating the 50th anniversary of Kick Out The Jams. So there follows a list of what I would have been playing. Seem to me that 1968 was not such a vintage year for singles as 1966 or 1967. Some great tracks, but lacking the depth of the previous two years. Why should this be ? A growing emphasis on the LP, FM radio playing less chart singles, changes in drug consumption – who knows?

Let me know what tracks I’ve missed! Must have been released as the A or B side of a single during 1968…

Amboy Dukes – Journey To The Centre Of A Mind

Beach Boys – Never Learn Not To Love

Beatles – Revolution / Helter Skelter / While My Guitar Gently Weeps / Birthday / Back In The USSR

Jeff Beck Group – I’m Drinking Again

Boxtops – Cry Like A Baby

Eric Burdon and the Animals – Sky Pilot

Byrds – You Ain’t Going Nowhere

Canned Heat – On The Road Again / Going Up The Country

Cream – Anyone For Tennis / Crossroads

Dave Davies – Lincoln County

Deviants – Let’s Loot The Supermarket

Doors – Hello I Love You

Julie Driscoll / Brian Auger Trinity – This Wheel’s On Fire

Easybeats – Falling Off The Edge Of The World

Fleetwood Mac – Need Your Love So Bad / Shake Your Moneymaker / Black Magic Woman / Albatross / Jigsaw Puzzle

Grateful Dead – Dark Star

Jimi Hendrix Experience – All Along The Watchtower / Crosstown Traffic

Honeybus – I Can’t Let Maggie Go

Kinks – Days / She’s Got Everything

Monkees – Valleri

Tommy James & The Shondells – Mony Mony

Move – Fire Brigade

Nazz – Open My Eyes

Nice – America

Nirvana – Rainbow Chaser

Rolling Stones – Jumping Jack Flash / Child Of The Moon

Sly & The Family Stone – Life / Everyday People

Small Faces – The Universal

Spirit – I’ve Got A Line On You

Steppenwolf – Born To Be Wild

Syndicate Of Sound – You’re Looking Fine

Traffic – Feelin Alright?

Turtles – Sound Asleep / Elenore

Velvet Underground – White Light/White Heat

West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band – Smell Of Incense

Who – Dogs / Magic Bus

Yardbirds – Think About It

Zombies – Time Of The Season




From → DJ, Gigs, Music

  1. Mike Baess permalink

    With you on that. 68 OK but nowhere near as great as 67 or my personal favourites 69 and 71.

    Possibly due to the emergence of Class As rather than good old psychedelics.

    But on your list I’d go with The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Eric Burdon and The Animals, Canned Heat, Jimi Hendrix Experience; The Kinks, Dave Davies, The Doors, Fleetwood Mac, Tommy James, Nazz, Nirvana, Spirit, Steppenwolf, Traffic, Velvet Underground, West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band, The Yardbirds and Zombies.

    To that I’d add: The Showstoppers – Ain’t Nuthin’ But A Houseparty; The Kinks – Wonderboy; Aretha Franklin – Think; Donovan – Hurdy Gurdy Man; Crazy World Of Arthur Brown – Fire; The Beach Boys – Do It Again; Dusty Springfield – I Close My Eyes And Count To 10; The Bee Gees – I’ve Gotta Get A Message To You; Johnny Johnson & The Bandwagon – Breaking Down The Walls Of Heartache; The Band – The Weight; The Foundations – Build me Up Buttercup; The Casuals – Jesamine; Barry Ryan – Eloise. But it depends on how long you have. Also, I’d have a little fun and include the cringeworthyly great The Legend Of Xanadu by Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich.



  2. I was with you all the way til we got to DDBM&T. Thanks for pointing out I missed Wonderboy (a real omission)…

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