The Fugs – I Want To Know (1966)

October 4, 2019 – Day 126

The Fugs earned the attention of the FBI who in a 1969 memo called their music “the filthiest and most vulgar thing the human mind could possible conceive.” Their song “I Want To Know” from their second album it’s kind of tame however, the lyrics do reference needle drugs (a year ahead of “Heroin” by fellow New York City band The Velvet Underground.) The lyrics were written by influential poet Charles Olson, which was his only collaboration with the band. The joyous song has the sounds of an instrument rarely heard in a rock music context, the celeste, and it gives a heavenly sound that underscores this tribute to hedonism. David Bowie listed the album as one of his 25 favourite albums (The Velvet Underground & Nico also made the list) in a 2003 Vanity Fair article called “Confessions of a Vinyl Junkie.” “The thrill / Of the knowing / Has me / Out of my brain / I want to know / I want to know”

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