Thursday, February 2, 2017
The Incredible String Band: A Love/Hate Affair
I have had a love/hate relationship with the Incredible String Band for years. I had finally given up completely. But in the wake of David Bowie's death, I read that "The 5000 Spirits" was one of his favorite records. Aside from "First Girl I Loved," which I love, I didn't remember any of it. I listened and it was a beautiful experience. I mean that.
So while I was in that head, I decided to go with their "masterpiece," "The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter." By the end of Side One, I was hoping the hangman would come for me. Agitated, I put on a Hall & Oates record.
Still determined, I tried "No Ruinous Feud," the ISB's "rock" record. I liked it. It didn't rock, but I admired the attempt at being commercial and I fell in love with the song above, "Saturday Maybe."