Friday, September 13, 2013

Friday Nuggets - The Other Half "Mr. Pharmacist"

This week's Nugget is a fairly obscure one from 1966 -- "Mr. Pharmacist", by The Other Half. The Other Half were from San Francisco. The band featured guitarist Randy Holden who left the band after one LP to join Blue Cheer.

This is a great garage rock track with all the winning elements - primitive sound, spontaneous feel, psychedelic guitar flourishes, tough vocals, and some rock'n'roll attitude.

Here you go:

The track had a second life in the 1980's when it was covered and released as a single by the great UK band The Fall. As you will hear, it is quite faithful to the original, except of course with those distinctive Mark E. Smith vocals:

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