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Country Joe & the Fish (Official Thread)

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  1. rollingstoned

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    Country Joe & the Fish

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    1.Electric Music for the Mind and Body, Vanguard (September 1967)
    2.I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-to-Die, Vanguard (1967)
    3.Together, Vanguard (1968)
    4.Here We Are Again, Vanguard (1969)
    5.CJ Fish, Vanguard (1970)
    6.Reunion, Fantasy (1977)
    7.Live! Fillmore West 1969, Vanguard (1994)



    From Wikipedia:

    Country Joe and the Fish were a rock band most widely known for musical protests against the Vietnam War, from 1966 to 1971, and also regarded as a seminal influence to psychedelic rock.

    History:
    The group's name is derived from communist dictatorship politics; "Country Joe" was a popular name for Joseph Stalin in the 1940s, while "the fish" refers to Mao Tse-Tung's statement that the true revolutionary "moves through the peasantry as the fish does through water." The group began with the nucleus of "Country Joe" McDonald (lead vocals) and Barry "The Fish" Melton (lead guitar), recording and performing for the "Teach-In" protests against the Vietnam War in 1965. Co-founders McDonald and Melton added musicians as needed over the life of the band. By 1967, the group included Gary "Chicken" Hirsh (drums) (born March 9, 1940, in Chicago, Illinois); David Cohen (keyboards) (born August 4, 1942, in Brooklyn, New York) and Bruce Barthol (bass) (born November 11, 1947 in Berkeley, California). The 1967 lineup lasted only two years, and by the 1969 music festival Woodstock, the lineup included Greg 'Duke' Dewey (drums), Mark Kapner (keyboards) and Doug Metzler (bass).

    The band came to perform an early example of psychedelic rock. The LP Electric Music for the Mind and Body was very influential on early FM Radio in 1967. Long sets of psychedelic tunes like "Section 43", "Bass Strings", "Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine", "Janis" (for and about Janis Joplin) and "Grace" (for singer Grace Slick) (all released on Vanguard Records) were often played back to back on KSAN and KMPX in San Francisco and progressive rock stations around the country. Their first album charted at #39 on September 23, 1967, their 2nd album at #67 on February 3, 1968, and their third at #23 on August 31, 1968. Country Joe and The Fish were regulars at the original Fillmore auditorium, the Fillmore West, Fillmore,East, and Chet Helms' Avalon Ballroom. They were billed with such groups as Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Led Zeppelin, and Iron Butterfly. They played at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 and at the Woodstock Festival in 1969. In 1971 the band appeared in a Western film starring Don Johnson as an outlaw gang called the Crackers. The film, titled Zachariah, was written by the Firesign Theatre and was billed as "The First Electric Western". They also appeared in the George Lucas film More American Graffiti and in the 1971 Roger Corman film Gas-s-s-s.

    Their biggest hit was the anti-war "I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-to-Die Rag", which debuted the same year as the band, but became best known after Country Joe's solo acoustic performance of it at Woodstock. Country Joe was sued in 2001 by Kid Ory's daughter, Babette Ory, who claimed Joe's "Fixin" Rag infringed her copyright to Kid Ory's Dixieland jazz standard "Muskrat Ramble". In August 2003, the court case was decided in Joe's favor, since Kid Ory, Babette Ory, and the Muskat Ramble publisher had all known of Joe's song in the late 1960s but no complaint was made for decades. Finding the complaint objectively unreasonable, the court awarded McDonald some of his attorney's fees and costs. Due to the long delay and prejudice, including death of key witnesses, the court did not even reach the lack of substantial similarity issue. Babette Ory and her attorney appealed, and the appellate court affirmed the decision in favor of Joe McDonald.

    Country Joe's anti-war activity led to his being called as a witness at the Chicago Seven conspiracy trial in 1969.

    Country Joe continued to tour and practice with other California based bands.

    Barry "The Fish" Melton was later a founding member of The Dinosaurs and has recently released new recordings of that band whose members included Peter Albin from Big Brother and The Holding Company and John Cipollina from Quicksilver Messenger Service and Copperhead. Melton studied law while on the road as a musician and was admitted to practice by the State Bar of California in 1982. In 2009, Melton retired as the Public Defender of Yolo County, California, although he continues to tour internationally from time to time. Interestingly, Country Joe presently lives on Yolo Street, California.

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    I personally love Country Joe and the Fish, I was surprised that no one had made a thread for them, so I figured I would.

    Post any videos, pictures or just chat about Country Joe and the Fish here!

     
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    Yeah great band and one of my favorite moments in the Woodatock film. Great OP too!! Looks awesome! :cheers2
     
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    Re: Country Joe & the Fish

    thank you very much. trying to get all the bands i can think of on the index page
     
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    I added this thread to the index for ya' :grinthumb
     
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    Re: Country Joe & the Fish

    Thank you very much. I made a Fang band thread in the 80's section. But they are punk, so maybe it should be moved to the punk section. Up to you guys.
     
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    Re: Country Joe & the Fish

    Love the Farfisa and Voxx organ. All but extinct today. Electric Music was definitely one of the "statements" from the counter culture in '67. My fav track behind Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine:

     
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    Re: Country Joe & the Fish

    I never get tired of this...:grinthumb
     
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    Haha it was indeed a great performance at Woodstock.
     
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    Re: Country Joe & the Fish

    There's just this connection there that's REAL and light hearted all in one sitting. Very infectious.
     
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    Džedaj Groovy as hell.

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    Re: Country Joe & the Fish

    They're one of most unique bands of 60s Bay Area. Just when you hear that disorted organ and Country Joe's voice you know it is. This tune is ultimate mindbender


     

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