Listen – Splash 1 – MP3
I have returned from far afield, tired as hell, but ironically enough, relaxed as well. The family and I spent a long weekend in Washington, DC, and managed to do lots of cool stuff. I even worked in a couple of quick vinyl stops in between sights, so I’ll have some cool stuff to share with you all in the coming weeks.
I picked up a couple of things that have inspired me to whip up a new mix (pre-empting the second part of the UK psyche mix for a few weeks) for next week, so you have that to look forward to as well.
A few months back I featured the original version of ‘Superman’ by a Texas band called the Clique. It was in that article that I mentioned that the Clique’s first 45 had been the very first cover of a 13th Floor Elevators tune, that being ‘Splash 1’.
The tune, which originally appeared on the first Elevators LP ‘Psychedelic Sounds of…’ in 1966, was one of the finest tunes on that landmark album, with a uniquely mournful vibe that stood in stark contrast to the wildness of ‘ You’re Gonna Miss Me’ and the lysergic swirl of ‘Fire Engine’.
The following year, the Clique recorded their version of ‘Splash 1’ at the Andrus Studio (same place the Elevators recorded). The 45, released on the local Cinema label went on to be a regional hit, eventually being issued on Scepter.
It wasn’t long after I wrote about the Clique and ‘Superman’ that I was tipped off about an auction for the Cinema 45, and managed to pick it up at not too dear a price.
The Clique’s approach to the song is a touch speedier than the original, with harmony vocals that add a slight pop twist to the desolation of the original. It may not be to the tastes of hardcore Elevators partisans, but I think it’s pretty cool.
I hope you dig it, and I’ll see you later in the week.
PSS Thanks Helen…