|The Fuzztones - Lysergic Emanations (1985)|
The Fuzztones were (and still are) a psych/garage/punk band that were part of the 60s garage revival in the eighties. Originally from New York, they gained a big following in Europe and despite a few temporary break-ups and several line-up changes over the last 30 years still record and tour to this day.
Lysergic Emanations was their debut LP on ABC Records UK, and is a mix of covers and original songs. Founder Rudi Protrudi named the band after the fuzzbox effects pedal so clearly beloved by its members. The album is a heady affair, combining grungey guitar, swirling Vox organ and Rudi's "lead snarl". In thrall to 60s garage-psych, they have a punk edge to add to their Doors-y sound.
This is definitely in my top ten favourite finds this year. It's one of those hypnotically addictive albums that as soon as it finishes makes you want to turn it over and play it again, which is pretty much what I've been doing since yesterday. I think I'll go play it again now - bye! Oh, here's Ward 81.