Groundhogs – In Session 1970 – Nights At The Roundtable: Session Edition

Groundhogs - went from Heavy blues to Heavy Prog with mind-melting precision.

Groundhogs – went from Heavy blues to Heavy Prog with mind-melting precision.

. . . or click on the link here for Audio Player – Groundhogs In Session at The BBC – July 29, 1970 – BBC Radio 1

Next to Blue Cheer, The Groundhogs may very well have been responsible for some hearing loss on my part in the late 60s/early 70s. One of the best bands to listen to under headphones, cranked up past the threshold of pain – they were a sonic feast and were the epitome of Heavy distortion-drenched Rock/Prog that went on to become the prototype for a lot of genres (including Grunge) over the coming decades.

I first knew them as a Blues band, having been around since 1963, but hearing them for the first time in 1968 when they issued Scratching The Surface. But it was around the time they did the landmark Thank Christ For The Bomb and their follow-up Split, that things took on a whole new meaning.

This session, done for Top Of The Pops on July 29, 1970, features mostly material from the upcoming release of Split.

If you’ve never heard Groundhogs before, you have missed something. But you can get caught up by way of this session. As one of the bands supplying the groundwork for the evolution of Rock, they are essential listening. When you listen to them, you can almost point your finger on who they’ve made an impression on later.

Crank this one up – maybe not to the threshold of pain but . . . .close.

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