Blues Magoos

The Blues Magoos  are a rock music group from the The Bronx, New York.  They were at the forefront of the psychedelic music trend, beginning as early as 1966.  They are best known for the hit song “(We Ain’t Got) Nothin’ Yet”.   (More from Wikipedia)



At about the same time as “I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night) by the Electric Prunes but on the opposite coast, a Bronx, New York band called Blues Magoos had a hit single with “(We Ain’t Got) Nothin’ Yet that reached #5 on the Billboard charts.  Almost immediately after the song’s original release, in February 1967, a British band called the Spectres released their own version of “(We Ain’t Got) Nothin’ Yet”.  By the end of that year, the band had changed its name to the Status Quo (dropping “the” in 1969 to become Status Quo).  In January 1968, they released a psychedelic single of their own, “Pictures of Matchstick Men, which was a #12 hit in the US and a #7 hit in the UK.  


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The accompanying album by Blues MagoosPsychedelic Lollipop was one of the first albums to have “psychedelic” in the title.  I wound up ordering both Psychedelic Lollipop and the Electric Prunes’ first album, The Electric Prunes in the same order from Columbia Record Club, so that was my introduction to psychedelic rock


Blues Magoos hung in there a bit longer than the Electric Prunes and returned to their roots as a blues rock band on their albums, Never Goin’ Back to Georgia and Gulf Coast Bound (both released in 1970).  By this point, singer-songwriter Eric Kaz had joined the band and was writing most of their music.  Blues Magoos broke up in 1972 but occasionally reforms for oldies concerts. 

(July 2015) 
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