A clarion call to wake up to the reality of war – death, maiming and destruction.
Well Country Joe and the Fish were right out there on the cutting edge of the alternative counter-culture of the sixties. They were the first wave Acid Rock exponents and also had that political edge.
They wanted to shock the establishment. They opposed the Vietnam War and they were promoting the values of peace and love that pervaded the San Franciscan freak culture of the mid-sixties, before it was taken over and subverted with greed, selfishness and big business.
I loved this band.
This track is their best known anti-war track. It is different to their normal Acid Rock sound and harks back to their days as a political jug-band.
The opening chant is meant to shock and offend the prudish establishment. It was OK to blow someone to bits with a bomb but you couldn’t say fuck in public. That was disgusting.
At the time young men were being involuntarily…
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