NOTES FROM THE UNDERGROUND - I Wish I Was A Punk


























NOTES FROM THE UNDERGROUND - 'I Wish I Was A Punk'/'Down In The Basement' (Vanguard VRS 35073) 1968

One of the most interesting 'second tier' bands of the West Coast were this rather scruffy looking hippie group from Berkeley who become a fixture on the scene and eventually took over from Country Joe and the Fish as residency band at a local hang out called The Jabberwock.

The Notes even shared Fish producer Sam Charters.

The music on this 45 is an odd mix of jugband, blues and jazz and will be an acquired taste as they say in the trade. I dig both sides of this stereo record and also recommend tracking down a copy of the out of print 1995 Big Beat CD release 'The Berkeley EPs' where you'll find more Notes music (including several previously unreleased recordings as well as all songs from their rare 'Changes' EP)

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