1968

  • Thu
    Dec 01
    8:00 pm -
    9:00 pm
  • Sun
    Dec 04
    8:00 am -
    9:00 am

Golden Gate '68

The so-called San Francisco Sound was an eclectic mash of disparate groups, themes, and voices from the bay area, and 1968 was its loudest and most creative year, helping to define the vibe and attitude of a world looking for coherence.

Well-known SF acts were Creedence Clearwater Revival, Jefferson Airplane, and Janis Joplin. Less well-known but also influential were Moby Grape, loading zoneUltimate Spinach, and  Chocolate Watch Band (ya gotta love the bay area food-based names, dontcha?!).

And no one should forget Paul Fauerso's influential band The Loading Zone. Yes, that's Paul on the left, with his influential laughing scream, which must be only too familiar to Fairfield audiences.

Some of this early music is raw and rawly produced, but I will finish this week's show with Quicksilver Messenger Service's brilliant, virtuosic, and still stunning instrumental performance "Gold and Silver."

The Playlist.

  • Thu
    Nov 03
    7:00 pm -
    8:00 pm
  • Sun
    Nov 06
    8:00 am -
    9:00 am

1968

In the year 1968 wtraffice first heard Donovan sing about Maharishi as well as the sun and the river, The Beach Boys sang about friends, James Brown sang about being black, and Traffic sang about an herbal preparation called "medicated goo."

Everyone knows Etta James' wedding classic "At last," but her song "Tell mama" should also be sung at weddings, in my opinion.

The Band's debut album "Music from Big Pink" featured the sad and weird classic "Long Black Veil," and James Taylor inspired George Harrison with his love song, "Something in the way she moves."

The wild variety and creativity of the music released in 1968 was and still is astounding. My playlist is here.

  • Thu
    Oct 13
    7:00 pm -
    8:00 pm
  • Sun
    Oct 16
    7:00 am -
    8:00 am

1968

The music of 1968Lothar will take some time to review, and it's a challenge for me to find a different way to present it each week. This week, I go A to Z: Association to Zappa. Why? Because it's fun. And because...it works!

You'll hear the range of 1968 sounds from psychedelic Cream, classic R & B (Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, Johnny Taylor), avante garde humor (The Kinks), great song-writing (Laura Nyro, Procol Harum, Dylan), and all of the above, with one of the most interesting and overlooked bands from the year: Lothar & the Hand People, left. This was a group that recognized and explored the potential of the synthesizer, and over the edge creativity, along with super catchy melodies.

The full playlist is here.