Green Fuz

Rare and obscure music from all sorts of neet-o genres that i like. Garage rock, psychedelic, hard rock, metal, punk. What ever dude.

Friday, June 23, 2006

The Firebirds - Light My Fire (1969 - exploito-heavy psych, Blue Cheer)

The Firebirds - Light My Fire From all accounts this isn't even a real band. Just a group of studio muscians cramed in a studio to make a quick buck on the wild and untamed youth and their endless hord of disposable income.

But unlike other fly-by-night mob-money exploito-shlock toss-offs, The Firebirds and their alter ego (read: label cash in) 31 Flavors manage to tear a new hole in the delicate fabric of stoned-dead Blue Cheer style acid-guitar nightmare rock. Burried under an avalanch of toxic-fuzz, the all-fills-all-the-time drums despratly try to dig, nay, beat their way out of this flash-back induced hell. The punchy bass acts as the massive counter-weight, giving force from the back, and the amature-Robert Plant gives this warship its direction.

Ok, so thay sound like Blue Cheer. A bit of Hendrix and maybe some Iron Buterfly. Check out my Bang post if its still up. They also steal the Doors melody from "Light My Fire."

This Firebirds album first got attention on the killer An Overdose of Heavy Psych album out on Arf! Arf! reocrds. They didn't have the whole album like I do hear, instead they pulled just the 4 most monstrous tracks from and added a few missing tracks from the 31 Flavors Hair album, which is the same band under a different name. This gets very confusing so stick with me: The Firebirds' Light My Fire album has less tracks than is listed on its sleeve. It appears that it lists the tracks "Free Bass", "Free Drum", and "Free Fuzz", which don't appear to be on this album. The CD version I have here on Radioactive Records (I can guarentee it's a boot, this label has gotten into some trouble before) only has 8 tracks, while the sleeve lists 10. The liner notes to An Overdose of Heavy Psych explain that "Free Drum" and "Free Fuzz" instead appear under a different band name 31 Flavors on the album Hair. Both albums were originaly released on the Crown lable in 1969 around the same time as Blue Cheer and Black Sabbath's firsts.

Yet another album might exist, released as The Electric Firebirds Dance Party Time, but who knows. What I've done here, is taken the Light My Fire album as it appears on Radioactive Records I trid fixing the track list because it was clearly wrong (someone let me know if I messed up), and then I added three tracks from the Arf! Arf! comp so that "Free Bass", "Free Fuzz" and "Free Drum" play back to back, as they are infact one song. Yes this means you get the track "Free Bass" twice, each from a different source. So shoot me....

I want to take the time to mention here, just as a side note, that the original Blue Cheer, or at least a Dickie Peterson (bass, vox) and Paul Whaley (drums) led incarnation, is currently on tour, and just recently came to Boston. Sure they were a bit dusty, but when they realy started to get going, it made you realize that these guys pretty much invented this sound. I don't know when people started to call guitars axes, but Blue Cheer could cut down a Sequoia. Check 'em out if you can. Anyways...

- overview by denez

  1. Warm Up
  2. Delusions
  3. Reflections
  4. By Baby
  5. Gypsy Fire
  6. Free Bass
  7. No Tomorrows
  8. Light My Fire
  9. bonus - Free Bass
  10. bonus - Free Drum
  11. bonus - Free Fuzz
variable bit rate, ripped from CD.

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At 11:32 AM, Anonymous martin said...

Thanks so much for this. I tried to track down this cd when I got the comp album without luck and now you make my dreams true!!!!

At 3:03 PM, Blogger nick beef said...


i hope this is not a disapointment, the Overdose of Heavy Psych did manage to capture the best tracks.... but whatever...

-nick beef

At 3:02 AM, Blogger Nagiants40 said...

Thank you nick..
absolutely amazing share..


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At 2:25 PM, Anonymous albert said...

there is a review of this that i've read years ago. i think it was on
i wanted to hear it ever since then.
well most of the time

good luck!

At 1:00 PM, Anonymous Mars said...


At 9:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

been looking for this album for a while now, and was happy to find it on your blog..but the link was down
good to see re-uploads to try and keep up with the failures of rapidshare and people deleting shit

At 3:32 PM, Anonymous Mars said...

Been diggin' the parts that were on 'Overdose' for days, and now you come through with the entire deal! Can't wait to get my grubby paws on it (at work). I'm keepin' my eyes open for 31 Flavors 'HAIR', not much luck so far, but if I score I'll send it your way. THANKS AGAIN!!!

At 4:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Stuff-Thanks!!
Guitar player is a lot better than Blue-Cheer,Iron Butterfly.Sounds like late Yardbirds-Jimmy Page.

At 1:17 PM, Blogger Dmitri Evmenov said...


thanks a lot for sharing -- and even more thanks for reposting this great stuff! please keep up the good work!

At 11:19 AM, Blogger McOrbit said...

I heard a snippet of this in (great site) and it has haunted me since... Too bad this is in Rapidshit, but I try to get it anyway. Nice blog indeed.

At 12:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 1:36 AM, Anonymous edgar said...

You must have heard of
orange sunshine, from holland..

At 1:40 AM, Anonymous edgar said...

by the way, I've seen blue cheer on roadburn festival this year, in holland.
nice guys, but they kinda suck..

think rolling stones meets my granddads band..

At 12:30 AM, Blogger Glenn said...

They modified the band name for the "Dance Party Time" LP to The Electric Firebirds. Maybe it's not the same band, but it's the same label and look. Every song on it is instrumental surf/lounge (like the first track on the "Light My Fire" LP). Nothing fuzzy or heavy at all.

At 11:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Been looking for this for a long , long time . Thanks for the share.

At 10:02 AM, Blogger Heavypsychman said...

Monster Hardrock classic

Loved it for years, got it on my blog too.

Home of Heavypsych

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I picked this LP up TONIGHT in a local used music store. It was in the 3 for $1.00 bin! I honestly never heard of it, and bought it for the cheezy cover (half expecting some 60's discotheque a-go go type of thing). Needless to say, SCORE!!!! This copy's a little beat up, but that only adds to the garage feel. I'm blown away, for only 33 cents. Sweet.........

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