This week’s Throwback Thursday is dedicated to the lovely Panther Coffee employee, Christopher Wood, who has inspired today’s song choice. Recently he’s played this track at Panther, and I was reminded of my admiration for it and all it’s dynamism. “The Red Telephone” is the closer of Side A on “Forever Changes”, Love’s culmination of an album. To me, “The Red Telephone” is the perfect psychedelic song.
The album itself is a true testament to the psychedelic genre, and though it may not have been at the top of the charts when it was released in 1967, it has survived the years with it’s tasteful ear for all things trippy. The ever fluctuating instrumentals are as gripping as the (probably) hallucinogenic induced lyrics (“I don’t need power when I’m hypnotized, look in my eyes”). I hear traces of this song in MGMT’s “Fourth Dimensional Transition” and even “Siberian Breaks”. Whether stoned or sober, this track transports you with it’s endless transitions, and remains a true trophy for all things psychedelic.