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The Trip
by Park Avenue Playground
I usually post a travel or vacation song before I leave for a vacation, but I appear to have exhausted the ones I have in my collection. I searched for "trip" this time. They of course aren't talking about traveling around the Baltic Capitals, or anywhere else on this plane of existence, but I'll go with it anyway. There's some good fuzz in this one.

Here's what I found about them online:
Starting out as The U.S. Males in 1965 the band changed their name in 1967 to Park Avenue Playground (named after the playground on Park Avenue in their home town of Lansing, Illinois where the band occasionally used to meet up).

500 copies of their single were pressed for radio distribution. But it caught the attention of Chicago’s USA Records who pasted their label over the generic white one while in negotiations to sign the band that never reached fruition (mainly it seems from parental objections to their sons pursuing a musical career when they should be studying for college).

The a-side ‘I Know’ is a very pleasant psychedelic pop song and no doubt their bid for chart success.

But the flip-side ‘The Trip’, recorded in an old theatre, is on another level entirely. This isn’t a cover of the well-known Kim Fowley number but an original band composition. And whereas many teen garage bands of the time simply imagined what taking an electric sugar cube would be like, Park Avenue Playground had fully embraced the psychedelic experience and the influence is apparent in the wash of sound effects, fuzz guitar, frenetic keyboards, and mind expanded lyrics.

The internet has conflicting years on this tune. It was either '67 or '69.
1967 - USA Records - United States
Posted: 14th September 2017
Krista Ortgiesen
Always on the search for awesome new to me '60s music. Sharing obscure and awesome '60s music with you. Posting hard rock and heavy metal as @darksideofko.
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