It’s true that most people think that the famous “House Of The Rising Sun” is an original composition by The Animals that made it a global hit in 1964. Well, check again, it’s not. It’s actually a traditional folk song that has been covered numerous times throughout history. Here’s a psych, full of fuzz rendition by Frijid Pink released as a single in 1970.
In 1969, Detroit band Frijid Pink recorded a version of “House of the Rising Sun” that became an international hit in 1970. Sometimes described as psychedelic, their rendition is more in line with the proto-punk sound of fellow Detroit acts MC5 and The Stooges. Their version is in 4/4 time (like Van Ronk’s and most earlier versions, rather than the 6/8 used by The Animals), and was driven by Gary Ray Thompson’s distorted guitar with fuzz and wah wah effects, set against the frenetic drumming of Richard Stevers.