Time for a spot of blog tennis with the ever brilliant Ib at Sibling Shot On The Bleachers who posted an old Daevid Allen song yesterday. Of course, he’s done four posts since then so it’s a bit late but I can’t keep up with the pace.
Released early in 1978 when hippies were regarded with particular suspicion by the music press Opium For The People by Planet Gong (or No Wave Planet Gong if you prefer) attempted to cross the hippy/punk divide and probably pleased no-one as a result. Well almost no-one; I bought it. Steve Hillage, another former Gong member, recorded a similar, and in my view superior, punk/hippy crossover called 1988 Aktivator for his Live Herald album which I would post but I still haven’t got my new stylus.
Back in the day I preferred the b-side Poet For Sale which was perhaps more the sort of thing you would expect from the people involved.
No Wave Planet Gong were Daevid Allen & Gilli Smith with the Here & Now Band.
mp3: Planet Gong - Opium For The People (1978)
mp3: Planet Gong - Poet For Sale (1977)