Win Nick’s Esteem [Extended]


Thank Flor it’s Friday.

As Storm Eunice abates and the nation crawls out from behind the sofa, dusts itself down and straightens its tie, it’s time to celebrate with more voucherless music argy-bargy.

This week the theme comes courtesy of regular reader Liam Deliverance who asks: What’s your favourite moment of musical psychedelia?

Here’s mine.

Please include video links if possible.

Lines close on Saturday at Midnight.

*sips ‘shroom soup*


Last week I asked you for your favourite karaoke song, after a suggestion by Millie.

Millie herself and Janet both won my esteem with their choices:

Maria McKee – Show Me Heaven

Millie wrote:

“This song comes attached to a very emotionally difficult moment from my childhood, so much so that for a long time I would cry uncontrollably when I heard it. So to deal with this, I learned the words and taught myself to sing it. To this day, it remains my karaoke song and I only sometimes shed a tear. Never underestimate how grief can affect you, even after 20 years have passed.”


Alain Baschung – La nuit je mens

So mucky it’s age restricted!

Janet, dreams of an alternate universe wrote:

“One for that nostalgic rose-tinted glasses time of the night….you know the time, my rendition of La Nuit Je Mens fills me with delightful agony; others just agony probably ;) the best part is it’s that talky singing the French do best!”

Nick says: Well done, Millie and Janet and thanks all.

Last week: Win Nick’s Esteem

Pic Steamboat Vinyl, Limerick


This evening.

Pere Lachaise cemetery, Paris, France.

Ultan Mashup writes:

Coincidence. Just returned from my run in Paris today and saw [Janet’s] Alain reference…

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46 thoughts on “Win Nick’s Esteem [Extended]

  1. Nilbert

    totally obvious choice of course, but ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’ by the Beatles.

    More or less invented the notion of looping samples as far as I know, and overdubbing was recorded live by George Martin pushing up and down all the knobs or something. Also, the first use of a backwardsy guitar track in a pop recording.
    Not bad work for an oul lad

    1. Chris

      ‘the first use of a backwardsy guitar track in a pop recording.’ It was. The first release with one was ‘Rain’ b-side to ‘Paperback Writer’.

    1. eamonn

      Wilhelm Reich, i think invented the orgone accumulator, an interesting figure.
      he knew what it felt like to have his books burned.
      I don’t know much detail but but will learn more some day.

  2. Fergalito

    Bualadh bos Janet and Millie – may Nick’s esteem be a balm to ye both.

    The problem with psychedelia is i’m not really sure what does and doesn’t qualify. In playing it safe and just assuming it’s method-in-the-madness instrument feedback, drone, effects and all kinds of sonic kitchen sink cutting and pasting I’ll throw in super Swedish artist Dungen and “Ta det Lungt”

    1. eamonn

      if you didn’t see the sleeve, or perhaps know the title you could enjoy the journey.
      I love the percussion.

      1. Janet, dreams of an alternate universe

        a bit like if you didn’t see the wee maggots in the ” tea ” you strained in Thailand you might not be convinced they were squirming all over your back two hours later

        1. eamonn

          two hours and five minutes later,(or an eternity) you realise that maggots just got bad press and they are fine really, they were only acting the maggot.

          1. Janet, dreams of an alternate universe

            tee hee and who cares about maggots when it dawn’s on you that your husband is slowly morphing into a giant chicken, hell he even does the neck thingy when he walks and it’s freaking both you and your little shadow friend standing in the corner there.

  3. Andy Pipkin

    As per usual I’ve missed the deadline, but hey just incase there’s an extension I’m going for the original Nirvana with the trippy Rainbow Chaser, it’s always stayed with me since the first time I heard it.

    If you think about how old it is it’s still as fresh as ever!!

    Jazz cigarettes all round!!

    Enjoy and Happy weekend!!

  4. Liam Deliverance

    Oh Wouldn’t it be nice, to get on with me neighbours
    But they make it very clear, they’ve got no room for ravers
    They stop me from groovin’, they bang on me wall
    They’re doing me crust in, it’s no good at all, ah!

    Lazy Sunday afternoon
    I’ve got no mind to worry
    Close my eyes and drift away

    Small Faces – Lazy Sunday

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