…than a common lightbulb, KCOE!” That was the tag line of the 10 watt campus radio station that broadcasted from the campus of Coe College in Cedar Rapids. In the late 60’s and early ’70’s Sunday nights would find me listening to the console stereo that my parents put in my room to the “Buffalo Chips Beer & Pretzels Corral” as I lay in bed trying to come up with ways to get out of going to school the next day. That program introduced me to music that was not found on the local top 40 stations.
A couple of psychedelic tunes from that time really stuck with me. This one by Quicksilver Messenger Service:
and one of the most beautiful songs to come out of San Francisco, sung by It’s a Beautiful Day:
And I just remembered this classic by Grand Funk Railroad, an American band:
And think of this when you are looking at the people in the crowds watching these bands…the ones that survived until today just had the snot kicked out of their retirement plans. Hope they hung onto that old vinyl…they can probably get $1 for each of those old albums…I gotta go.