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LSD-25 – Challenge #184

In 1960, the Gamblers recorded ‘LSD-25’, which was the first rock surf music song ever to pay tribute to a hallucinogen.  This song has an interesting history mostly because this band was so obscure and shrouded in mystery that not one photo exists of them.  There are some timeless records (those that set a trend which tends to followed for years if not decades after the recording) where you can look back at retrospectively and see that while they seemed unimportant at the time, they signaled a huge change in the musical culture.  This Gamblers single ‘Moon Dawg’, backed by ‘LSD-25’ is one of them.  Most of their music consists of two guitarists, bass, drums, and keyboards, but people have said that up to fifteen people have been credited as having been members of the group.

Since you can’t believe everything that you read on the internet, I decided to do some of my own investigation.  Most of the people who involved recorded this song or that were members of this group are long gone now and other issues concerning people getting a writing credit on a song that they did not participate in the creation of, along with record keeping systems not being as good as what we have today, make tracing anything about this a bit difficult.  It is also a very involved story which is a bit complex, but I will try to cut through all the drama.

Nik Venet stated that originally this group was going to be called Nik and The Gamblers and they consisted of Bruce Johnston playing piano, James Burton on lead guitar, Sandy Nelson on drums, and Larry Taylor on bass.  Kim Fowley of the Hollywood Argyles was reported to be on the session along with Richie Podolor engineering, but Fowley said that he wasn’t involved on this recording.  Elliot Ingber said that the group was a quintet made up of Ingber, Larry Taylor, Derry Weaver, Howard Hirsch, and Rod Schaffer.  Another article also had this group as a quintet with Derry Weaver, Larry Taylor, Elliot Ingber, Bruce Johnston, and either Rod Schaffer or Sandy Nelson, but this does not seem right either, as Bruce Johnston said that he has no memory of the record and another report said that Derry Weaver was a member of this group after this recording.

The thing that makes the most sense is that this group consisted of the same musicians who are listed as being on the A-side record ‘Moon Dawg’, so that would be Derry Weaver (lead guitar), Larry Taylor (bass), Bruce Johnston (piano), Elliot Ingber (rhythm guitar) and Rod Schaffer (drums), but then I read that Derry Weaver joined the Gamblers after this recording, so I was not able to produce a cohesive listing of the band members.  Another article said the composer and founder of that group was Art Wiggs, but I was not able to find any other articles to back this up, so like Alice in Wonderland this song kept getting curiouser and curiouser, the more I looked into it.

Wikipedia said that the group was led by primary songwriter Derry Weaver, with other members including Elliot Ingber, Larry Taylor, Bruce Johnston, and Sandy Nelson and that this song was recorded in late 1959.  In 1961, the group disbanded, but many of the members went on to have successful music careers of their own.  ‘LSD-25’ was written by Weaver and Sam Taylor after the pair read about the hallucinogenic drug in a magazine, but since it is an instrumental surf song there is no drug content in this song beyond the title and at this time people just started learning about LSD, so it had not been assimilated into mass culture yet.


The challenge today is to focus on this song and use it for a short story, a piece of flash fiction, or a poem that you can share with the WordPress writing community.  There is no need to stick with this song, as you could write about another song by any of the musicians listed in this post.  You could also write an LSD trip that you took.  Maybe you could write a post about surfing, but in the ocean, not on the internet.  If you would like to write another instrumental song, that would make an interesting post.  You could write about Alice in Wonderland, or you could write about gambling if you desire.

The whole point of this MM Music challenge is to get you to think, to trigger something so that you can show how creative you are and everyone is welcome to participate.  This challenge is very loose, so pretty much whatever you come up with will be acceptable.  I try to throw some ideas out there for you and if they seem right, then go with it.  You could write about being involved in an investigation of any type.  Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie brings you a dose of fetish, good friends and an incomparable muse and next Friday Dylan Hughes will be here on June 18 with her First Line Friday.  I will be back on Friday, June 25 with another MM Music Challenge where we will discuss the song ‘Gimme Shelter’.  You can either create a ping back to this post, or place your link in the comments section below.

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20 comments on “LSD-25 – Challenge #184

  1. newepicauthor
    June 11, 2021

    Reblogged this on A Unique Title For Me and commented:

    Someone had to be first to write a song with an LSD reference in it, but an instrumental can be named anything. ‘LSD-25’ is an early surf rock smoldering instrumental which could be compared to something done by Link Wray. The Gamblers only recorded one more single before they disbanded, but they made history with this song.

    • mrmacrum
      June 12, 2021

      My writing of the past few years has seen a major uptick in memoir type pieces. Being older than dirt, I guess that is nothing unusual, Regardless, your prompt, LSD-25 was an instant success here in th epucker of southern, Maine. Thanks.

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  4. Lorraine
    June 11, 2021

    Like groovy, man. A revisiting of an interesting time in my life — not that I admit to anything . . .

  5. badfinger20 (Max)
    June 11, 2021

    That is the Bruce Johnston of the Beach Boys right? Cool groovy instrumental anyway you cut it.

    • newepicauthor
      June 11, 2021

      Yes, the same guy, one of the first surf rockers.

      • badfinger20 (Max)
        June 11, 2021

        Ok I thought it would be him…cool.

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  8. Fred (Au Natural)
    June 12, 2021

    Challenge accepted. The story is somewhat autobiographical.


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  10. Lorraine
    June 14, 2021

    It’s a long, tenuous piece inspired by the song’s title. a whiff of autobiography? . . .

    mlmm mélange: new diaries for old

    • newepicauthor
      June 14, 2021

      Some people should not take drugs.

      • Lorraine
        June 14, 2021

        Yep. For some folks, it’s a bad acid trip every time.

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