As an avid music fan, listener and as a blogger, the Internet has been a wonderful place to discover both new and extremely rare music with ever increasing ease. After all, the Internet has directly contributed to a proliferation of independent labels across the world, and it has allowed them to compete for your time and attention against the conglomerates. and often these smaller labels are willing (and able) to take the sorts of risk that their larger, monied rivals wouldn’t and couldn’t – i.e., signing a beloved cult-favored artist to their ranks; attempting to reintroduce the work of highly influential artists, whose work has sadly gone out of favor; attempting to reintroduce artists, whose work was so wildly ahead of its time that audiences at the the time just couldn’t accept it; attempting to reintroduce regionally favored artists from a time when hit songs in Milwaukee would have been different than hit songs in Atlanta; and so on. In the past, much of this material was only known to dedicated insiders, who would spend their time seeking and collecting long-lost and long-forgotten albums, often hoarding them in private collections or selling them at collector’s shows. The Internet and blogosphere have democratized the process, allowing to average listener and fan a chance to listen and to love some of these long-forgotten wonders. To be fair, there’s a money to be made off it and it often results in labels and bloggers mining beloved and influential genres to exhaustion through endless compilations. Interestingly, there haven’t been a ton of proto-mteal, pre-stoner rock compilations – that is until Chicago (by way of Los Angeles)-based label Permanent Records collected and compiling some incredibly rare singles from the 60s and 70s on their forthcoming compilation Brown Acid: The First Trip.
With the help of Daniel Hall of RidingEasy Records, Permanent Records co-owner Lance Barresi spent time not just collecting and compiling the singles on the compilation, they also spent a great deal of time tracking down the songs creators, often bands who haven’t been together in over 30 or 40 years, and encouraging them to take part in the entire process. As Barresi explains in press notes, "All of (these songs) could’ve been huge given the right circumstances. But for one reason or another most of these songs fell flat and were forgotten. However, time has been kind in my opinion and I think these songs are as good now or better than they ever were.“ And by having the artists participate it can give the songs and the artists a real second chance at success, if not some kind of attention.
Unsurprisingly, when much of the material was written and recorded 30, 40 even 50 years ago, history has a way of shrouding and fuzzing details. And in the case of the Milwaukee area-based trio Raw Meat, whose “Stand By Girl” is the first single off Brown Acid, little is known about the band – even by the producer and owner of the label that released the band’s original 1969 s9ingle, Richard Paul Thomas. As Thomas recalls, “They were one of the tightest trios around at the time and had a fairly large repertoire of their own material. The only thing that sticks in my mind was the band’s bumper sticker ‘Raw Meat Is Good For You.’” As Thomas explained, the label’s offices were next door to the Federal Meat Inspection offices.
Comprised of buzzing power chords, and stomping drums the song structurally is comprised of a noisy section followed by a lengthy psychedelic section, complete with impressive drumming, a face-melting guitar solo before ending in a noisy flurry. And although the song sounds as though it can spiral away into chaos, it’s held together by a tight, propulsive groove. Interestingly, the song manages to nod at Steppenwolf’s “Magic Carpet Ride,” if under the influence of copious amounts of hallucinogens and a fifth of Jack Daniels in the desert. Or more simply put, at its heart is a grungy, gritty kick ass song that sounds as though it could have been released today.