“The Snake” – The Pink Fairies


More wonderfully nasty early 1970s punk rock … this time from England. Like the Stooges and the MC5 in America during the same era, the Pink Fairies were laying waste to the “good vibes” of other counterculture bands of the era and defining what would eventually be called punk rock many years later. “The Snake” sounds like Jim Morrison fronting the Stooges … but it’s actually so much better than that if you can believe it.

“My White Bicycle” – Tomorrow


Another terrifically trippy late 1960s British psychedelic pop gem, this time by the band Tomorrow, which featured Steve Howe (later of Yes) and Twink (later of the Pink Fairies). A more conventional, hard rock cover by Nazareth in the mid-1970s was a hit in the British Isles, but I much prefer the original.

“Do It” – Pink Fairies

The name of the band, album cover, and first 1:06 of this song (while folky and pretty) gives the impression that this is going to be the worst cosmic trippy hippy dippy nonsense since Donovan at his most “mystical.” But appearances are deceiving. Arguably, the Pink Fairies were England’s version of the MC5: loud, fast, aggressive, in-your-face, and five years too early for punk. “Do It” is their signature “get off your ass and start a revolution” song, though you have to make it past the intro first. I’m surprised Nike hasn’t co-opted this song yet, but am also glad they haven’t. The Rollins Band did a great cover of this around 1987 or so.