Classic Psych Rock 

Frijid Pink “House Of The Rising Sun”

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.

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