Wormhole #17 (Metal Moth)

<—Click To Enter – I had forgotten they actually had a “theme song.”

12 Comments

  • 1
    December 23, 2012 - 09:07 | Permalink

    I think I could still do the drum solo with my index fingers on my eighth-grade desk

    • 2
      Willard
      December 23, 2012 - 09:16 | Permalink

      Funny. I’d forgotten all about how much time I wasted doing that very thing. These days I just stick to the shorter counterpart, The Beatles’ “The End.”

  • 3
    Anonymous
    December 23, 2012 - 11:19 | Permalink

    Much better than their cheesy reputation would suggest.

    • 4
      Willard
      December 23, 2012 - 11:50 | Permalink

      They were certainly a product of their times… and time hasn’t been very kind to their style and sound. But, back in the day, they were much beloved by teens just turning on to psychedelia, even if they were kinda like The Monkees of real, JeffAir-style psych (easy to access but not much “depth”) Besides… parents hated them, and that was always a plus.

  • 5
    pete
    December 23, 2012 - 13:20 | Permalink

    Not all bass players can go like Entwhistle, but I did like this comment, posted by “leake” at the San Francisco Chronicle’s first report of the death of Lee Dorman:

    “Saw these guys hanging around at the bar in the Palo Alto Four Seasons in August – looking like aged rock stars with the wheels coming off… Terribly nice fellows though, and still had groupies (if you want to call them that)! RIP”

    • 6
      Willard
      December 23, 2012 - 19:45 | Permalink

      I’d be curious to see modern day Butterfly groupies.

  • 7
    Duncan Walls
    December 23, 2012 - 21:18 | Permalink

    When their first LP came out and I was doing my usual ‘read’ through the stacks @ Music Lover’s Store at the local plaza (pre-Malls) saw the cover of Heavy I knew I had to have it. Took me a couple of weeks of allowance before it was mine. The cover was so different from anything else at the time…that big ear with the band all over it. I loved this LP. I had just put an insertable pickup in the sound hole of my Harmony acoustic guitar and the only ‘amp’ I had was our Wollensak Tape Recorder, which had a3 inch speaker and a quarter-inch jack input for the mike that allowed my cord from the pickup to go in. It was more than the system could handle so it distorted REALLY well and sustained, too. The melody to ‘The Iron Butterfly Theme’ was so simple I was able to figure most of the main melody out after an hour or so (not the solo, though). THAT was monumental for me. I really enjoyed that Lp. It was the first place I discovered Allen Toussaint (who would have thunk it?) with the version of ‘Get Out Of My Life Woman’ that would eventually lead to a lifelong dig DEEP into N’awlins music culture. I did NOT like the second LP, loved the third Ball (Stage Fright and Soul experience were great) and HATED the Live LP and loved Metamorphisis. but my tastes were changing and I was beginning to leave behind the Hard Rock I loved as a teenager.I got to see them in Pennsylvania sometime when I was at college 1969-1971 (because I was still a fan even after ‘ and the horrendous live LP with the heinous (IMHO) version of Inagaddadavida’). It was a cool gig because all their equipment was hung up at the border coming back from a gig in Toronto so they had to use borrowed gear including a Hammond organ which seriously changed their sound that night and as I recall their next LP Metamorphisis they used a Hammond instaed of the usual Farfisa or Vox Continental. Heavy was one I picked up as soon as I could find it on CD and later a best of for some of the other odd tracks. I never did like Innagadda they way others did. It was a BIG thing amongst the high school musicians I knew back then to be able to figure out that riff on ANY instrument. But I was already on to my next phase: Country Rock.

    • 8
      Willard
      December 24, 2012 - 21:24 | Permalink

      I hear ya. I liked the first three albums, myself, then bailed when I heard the live one. never got to see them, though, and never thought about them as much as you did to be able to tell when they changed organs. I may have moved on to the Turtles by then.

  • 9
    Rhod
    December 24, 2012 - 03:59 | Permalink

    Thanks Capt’n for the Iron Butterfly, a truely cosmic band that did not get the pat on the back that they really deserved.

    Regards

    Rhod

  • 10
    RD Stevens
    December 30, 2012 - 19:10 | Permalink

    Great stuff- I saw Iron Butterfly at a local high school in NJ in 1967. They played in the gym!
    Thanks for your work keeping the site going.

    • 11
      Willard
      December 30, 2012 - 23:37 | Permalink

      Those WERE the days.

  • 12
    Crazed
    January 23, 2014 - 23:01 | Permalink

    Many thanks, Cap’n! Haven’t been here in a while, but I’m very glad to see yer still in bizniss!

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