Psychedelic Rock

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Psychedelic rock is a genre often inspired or influenced by psychotropic narcotics, particularly LSD and/or Marijuana.

The musical style often incorporates flowing, hypnotic rhythms and use of guitar, vocal and organ effects, most notably the Wah-Wah pedal which is either used to make a fast, funky but psychedelic sound or used slowly to create a psychedelic wave of guitar sound, and Hammond organ used to make Blues psychedelic harmony.

Some notable psychedelic rock bands would include - 13th Floor Elevators or The Charlatans (not the more recent UK band with the same name), These 2 bands produced psychedelic rock albums around 1964/1965, this was 2 years before The Beatles released Revolver which included a very psychedelic song called Tomorrow Never Knows. Other notable acts would include The Jimi Hendrix Experience, some of the work by Cream and of course Pink Floyd, there is of course Hawkwind, who sometimes get referred to as "Space Rock", and let's not forget Janis Joplin.

In later years, a number of British acts such as Spacemen 3 were bringing back what could be described as psychedelic rock but with a more minimalist feel, as well as crossing over with Indie.

Some Bands

Numbers

13th Floor Elevators

A

The Animals

B

The Beach Boys

The Beatles

Big Brother and the Holding Company

Blue Cheer

The Byrds

C

CAN

Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band

The Charlatans

The Crazy World of Arthur Brown

Cream

D

The Doors

G

Grateful Dead

H

Hawkwind

I

The Incredible String Band

Iron Butterfly

J

Janis Joplin

Jefferson Airplane

The Jimi Hendrix Experience

M

The Mamas & The Papas

Moby Grape

The Moody Blues

The Mothers of Invention

Nebula

P

Pink Floyd

The Pretty Things

Procol Harum

S

The Seeds

The Small Faces

Soft Machine

Spacemen 3

Steppenwolf

Strawberry Alarm Clock

Syd Barrett

T

T.Rex

Traffic

V

The Velvet Underground

Y

The Yardbirds

Z

The Zombies