According to Wikipedia, psychedelic music covers a range of styles and genres, is inspired by psychedelic (drug) culture, and emerged in the mid-60’s among folk rock and blues rock bands. Wikipedia also notes that these bands went to on to create prog rock, heavy metal and a bunch of other new genres. But you knew all that.
The article mentions a bunch of bands you’d expect – The Beatles, Floyd, Hendrix, The Byrds – but no Led Zeppelin.
Ya? So go listen to How Many More Times. Seems to me that, exotic instrumentation excepted, this song has most of the characteristics listed: complex song structure, strange lyrics, extended solos, distorted guitar, wah wah, elaborate studio effects … this song is a trip.
It’s always bugged me that Zeppelin was jammed into the heavy metal pigeon hole. I get the name and their influence and all that, but they had too much depth and range. And for my money, Zeppelin I is every bit as trippy as Pepper, Are You Experienced?, or Disraeli Gears.
Just goes to show that labels don’t mean nothin’.
Hey! Wait a minute! Cream doesn’t get a mention in the article either. Guess it needs some updating.