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Electric Day-Glo Acid Music? Looking for songs that invoke a feeling of hot pink and neon fantasia that isn't largely electronic (analog synth is oky. Moody is okay but upbeat preferred. Bonus points for songs that reference color in the lyrics.
posted by The Whelk to Media & Arts (32 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Boy. This immediately calls to mind eschatfische's question for me, but I'm not sure you and I have the same mental image of "electric day-glo acid music."
posted by mykescipark at 6:38 AM on May 6, 2010

Status Quo, Pictures of Matchstick Men. "When I look up to the sky / I see your eyes a funny kind of yellow"
posted by robocop is bleeding at 6:40 AM on May 6, 2010

Phil Cordell, Red Lady

Can, I'm So Green
posted by neroli at 6:49 AM on May 6, 2010

Strawberry Alarm Clock, Incense of Peppermint mentions "color of thyme." Plus, Peppermint is sort of a color, as is Strawberry.
posted by rainbaby at 7:02 AM on May 6, 2010

teddybear stockholm - yours to keep
posted by freddymetz at 7:10 AM on May 6, 2010

The Move, I Can Hear the Grass Grow.
posted by marxchivist at 7:14 AM on May 6, 2010 [2 favorites]

My White Bicycle by Tomorrow.
posted by Kattullus at 7:21 AM on May 6, 2010

Dukes of Stratosphear - What in the World
posted by googly at 7:27 AM on May 6, 2010

Apples in Stereo I'd start with New Magnetic Wonder album, of which Same Old Drag is maybe the most poppy single, but there's lots of non-electronic psychedelica. But AiS's Her Wallpaper Reverie is perhaps the most "day-glo."
posted by reverend cuttle at 7:28 AM on May 6, 2010

Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds. Are You Experienced. Within You Without You. White Rabbit. The End. The HAIR original cast recording. TOMMY. JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR.

There was, you know, a whole psychedelic period in pop music, c. 1966-1968.
posted by musofire at 7:41 AM on May 6, 2010

Danny Hutton, Roses and Rainbows.
posted by Danf at 7:44 AM on May 6, 2010

Caribou - Melody Day
posted by kables at 7:45 AM on May 6, 2010

Continuing my theme. . .
posted by Danf at 7:51 AM on May 6, 2010

Can't believe no one's mentioned this yet - Purple Haze.

Also, seconding Incense and Peppermints. and White Rabbit.
posted by MexicanYenta at 7:56 AM on May 6, 2010

You might give The Pinker Tones a listen, particularly Sonido Total, Karma Hunters, or pretty much anything from The Million Colour Revolution. A few songs might be a little electronic-y(Maybe Next Saturday comes to mind, still a fantastic song, though), but I think most of it would fit the bill.

I haven't heard any of their newer stuff, but the next album they put out was titled More Colours! so it might be more of what you're looking for?
posted by owtytrof at 7:59 AM on May 6, 2010

Oh, and I hartily recommend the album Jesus Hits Like the Atom Bomb by Tripping Daisy. It's best heard straight through.
posted by owtytrof at 8:03 AM on May 6, 2010

Well, since analog synth seems to be okay... allow me to be (shockingly) the first to suggest Black Moth Super Rainbow.

All analog synths, mellotron, trippy delay, some good crunchy bass played through an Orange amp...and a vocoder.
posted by kaseijin at 8:12 AM on May 6, 2010

Blondie: Pretty Baby is upbeat, & its lyrics include 'you look so heavenly / a neon nebula'; and Fade Away and Radiate, while not upbeat, has mention of a 'blue blue neon glow.'
posted by misteraitch at 8:13 AM on May 6, 2010

As much as I hate to recommend the rippin' Joe Satriani guitar solo music of the electronic dance music world - try any decent psytrance or goa trance.

I'm not a fan of the noodly synth lines that are all too contrived - yet still obviously self-referential and telegraphing - but on a big sound system that stuff will reach in through your ears and mess around with your head.
posted by loquacious at 8:16 AM on May 6, 2010

Oh, and here's a BMSR track that references the color pink: The Afternoon Turns Pink
posted by kaseijin at 8:18 AM on May 6, 2010

Argh, didn't read all of the question - please ignore my worst possible answer.
posted by loquacious at 8:19 AM on May 6, 2010

Donovan - Colours
posted by hydrophonic at 8:40 AM on May 6, 2010 [1 favorite]

Crimson and Clover
posted by Sys Rq at 9:51 AM on May 6, 2010

I suggest seeking out these two double-CD sets from Amorphous Androgynous (AKA Future Sound Of London): A Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble Exploding In Your Mind Vols 1 and 2. They're full of delicious psychedelic goodness gathered from the past 40 years of recorded music from all over the world. That third album listed on that page is also a great example of the genre, although it's not nearly as eclectic (as it's not a compilation album)

Plus, it may be the best album title of ALL TIME.
posted by hippybear at 9:53 AM on May 6, 2010

posted by jtron at 9:59 AM on May 6, 2010

Pink Floyd. You could lose yourself for a couple entire acid trips with their entire catalog. That band and that drug were on the exact same color wavelength.
posted by bukvich at 11:33 AM on May 6, 2010

The Emperor Tomato Ketchup record by Stereolab, especially Metronomic Underground (the actual recorded track--the live youtube videos don't do the song justice).
posted by umbĂș at 12:07 PM on May 6, 2010

Googly's right about the Dukes of Stratosphear. I'd say most of their songs would fit the bill.
posted by umbĂș at 12:09 PM on May 6, 2010

Uh, wow. Sounds like (and looks like) FM CAMPERS to me.
posted by Espoo2 at 12:12 PM on May 6, 2010

How about a little Nina Simone?
posted by hermitosis at 9:01 PM on May 6, 2010

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