This clip never fails to raise the little hairs on the back of my neck. Vanilla Fudge, heavier than Godzilla with a stomach full of Tokyoites, unleash a monolithic roar (and some rumbling low end) that is still as exciting as when it was first performed on the stage of The Ed Sullivan Show in 1968, a full eight months before Led Zeppelin played their debut gig. And it comes with a pretty fucking cool light show!
Underpraised and underrated, the Fudge flung subtlety to the floor in favor of something much more primal and sexual than most of the stuff coming out of the radio in the psychedelic Sixties. If you wanted your rock cerebral, you listened to the Jefferson Airplane. If you wanted to be hammered into blissful oblivion, The Fudge would oblige.
Vocalist/organist Mark Stein, bassist/vocalist Tim Bogert, lead guitarist/vocalist Vince Martell, and drummer/vocalist Carmine Appice.
An even more amazing clip of Vanilla Fudge at New York’s Bitter End in 1967 after the jump…