The other day I was listening to Lenny Kaye’s immortal Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era, 1965-1968 box set and it occurred to me that there must be YouTube clips of many of the groups represented there, even ones you might not expect. Sure enough, this was the case. Not everything on the Nuggets box can be found there, but what is available is a great treat.
Here’s the original album, or at least what I could find of it. I highly recommend toking up and hooking up your computer to your HDTV for these and rocking out. Big fun.
The Electric Prunes miming to “I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night” on American Bandstand:
The Standells do “Dirty Water” on The Mike Douglas Show, 1966
NJ’s finest Beatles imitators, The Knickerbockers do their “Lies” hit:
The Vagrants with Leslie West, later of Mountain, perform “Oh Those Eyes (they actually do Otis Redding’s “Respect” on Nuggets but I thought this was cool. Can you spot Leslie?)
The immortal Sky Saxon and The Seeds performing “Pushin’ Too Hard” on The Mother-In-Laws sitcom in 1966 (bonus: Sky Saxon meets Joe Besser!)
The Castaways do “Liar, Liar” in the movie It’s A Bikini World:
The 13th Floor Elevators perform “You’re Gonna Miss Me” on Where The Action Is:
The Count Five doing “Psychotic Reaction”
The Leaves, “Hey Joe”:
The Blues Magoos—introduced by Jack Benny—performing “Tobacco Road”:
I didn’t think I’d find a video for The Third Rail’s “Run Run Run” but here it is:
“Open My Eyes” by The Nazz, featuring a young Todd Rundgren:
The Premieres doing “Farmer John” in 1964 on American Bandstand (this is pretty amazing):