Pussy: Pussy Plays (1969)

The downside of having a passion for unearthing obscure, forgotten gems from the psychedelic 60s is that you have to wade through a lot of mediocre, badly-dated music to find them.

This, alas, is not one of the gems. Still, I do take a certain pleasure in even mediocre, badly-dated music from that era. And, by mediocre, I don't mean bad -- though I have plenty of truly bad psychedelic albums. I just mean the multitude of unmemorable records best served by being represented with a lone track on a Nuggets compilation, yet I still like to dig into the deep-track album cuts.

The acid-happy Pussy (about which little can be found) released a single LP, 1969's Plays -- and, having searched for information about this online, I can personally attest that by no means should you google "pussy plays" on a work computer. As both the band's name and the cover art attest (as does the decision to open the record with the sound of what appears to be a strangled cat), it's a little dubious... but not without some simple joys. 

Opening track "Come Back June" (after said strangled cat introduction) is perfectly decent 60s psychedelia, an upbeat, organ-driven riff-rocker (mild shades of Deep Purple's "Hush"), perfect fodder for a '69 compilation. The album goes downhill from there, sticking to organ and guitar-driven garage rock and proto-prog, with all the trippy silliness of the age (spooky basslines, vaguely raga-esque keyboard solos, silly spoken word interludes). There are also a few wigged-out instrumentals (like the dorky "Comets," full of moog-like effects and stoned chants and a ridiculous spoken-word outro) that sound like they were written for the soundtrack of a terrible late 60s Roger Corman film.

So, no, not a ringing endorsement, but for those who share my passion for inconsequential yet amusingly period-specific psyche, you'll get a kick out of it.

Here's an audio rip of "Come Back June":


Comments

  1. The moog sound was a one knob Oscillator turned by me Manually by me. All the Members of Pussy are still alive as of Sept 2021. The strangled cat was not in the band and was not hurt during the production of this album .

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