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- French Dry Vermouth
- Orange Bitters
Music goes better with booze and vice versa. Our custom playlists start with a cocktail and end with Sides A (the more straightforward approach) and B (not).
If the calming nature of our Gin Martini, Side A playlist is a little too mellow for you, Side B is likely to be right up your alley. The opposite of the “Elixir of Quietude” would be a psychedelic journey into the abyss. Psychedelic Music, or Psychedelia as it’s sometimes referred to, got its start in the mid ’60s and was inspired by or meant to enhance mind-altering experiences. A Gin Martini could certainly put one in an altered state, but I’m not quite sure this is what The Grateful Dead were referring to when they wrote “Dark Star.” A style that draws from everything including jazz and funk to progressive and Indian sounds this playlist is as diverse as the variations of the Martini itself.
Want a different spin? Try Gin Martini, Side A.
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More About the Music
White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane – Originally written by Grace Slick for her former band, The Great Society, which broke up in 1966. When she joined Jefferson Airplane to replace Signe Toly Anderson, she brought "White Rabbit" and "Somebody To Love" with her, which became their first two hit songs.
Dark Star by Grateful Dead – Originally released as a the two-minute single heard here on the playlist, it became a massive exploratory vehicle for improvisation with the band.
Sweet Ride by Moby Grape – Moby Grape performed this song in the 1968 film of the same name starring Tony Franciosa, Michael Sarrazin, Jaquelin Bisset, and Bob “Gilligan” Denver.
Mona by Quicksilver Messenger Service – A Bo Diddley cover released as a B side on Happy Trails.
Grace by Country Joe and the Fish – Written by McDonald as a tribute to Jefferson Airplane’s Grace Slick.
Zig Zag Wanderer by Captain Beefheart – From the album Safe as Milk which was originally going to be titled Abba Zabba after the candy bar but was denied permission by Cardinet Candy Co. and subsequently retitled.
Venus In Furs by The Velvet Underground – A literal interpretation of the 19th century novel of the same name.
Paper Sun by Traffic – The first single released by Traffic it is most well known for the sitar riff and vocals by composter Steve Winwood.
Journey To The Center Of The Mind by The Amboy Dukes – Co-written by Ted Nugent and Steve Farmer. Ironically, Nugent, who abstains from using any mind altering substances, has said that he didn’t know the song was about drug use.
Itchycoo Park by Small Faces – The only U.S. hit by the U.K.-based Small Faces.
Sky Pilot by Eric Burdon and The Animals – A song so long that it was split on both sides of the single album, it reached number 14 on the U.S. Pop Charts.
The End by The Doors – Written by Jim Morrison about breaking up with his girlfriend, Mary Werbelow. The song was recorded live in-studio with no overdubbing.