Favorite Number Songs #3 - "Eight Miles High"
June 30, 2017 11:50pm CST
If this were the Olympics, this song would be the Bronze Medal winner. #3 in my Favorite Number Songs series, with the number spelled out, is "Eight Miles High" by The Byrds. @FourWalls is doing the same countdown, and we've only matched on one song thus far, so be sure to check hers out as well. Written by Jim McGuinn, Gene Clark, and David Crosby, the 1966 tune is widely considered the first psychedelic song. Although the writers claimed "Eight Miles High" was about the band's flight to England, the song was banned on most US radio stations due to perceived drug connotations, which both Crosby and Clark later admitted that at least part of the song is about their own drug use. Despite the radio ban, "Eight Miles High" still performed well, reaching #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and #24 in the UK. The song was The Byrds' last Top 20 hit. It has been placed in the Grammy Hall of fame. "Eight Miles High" has been covered numerous times, notably by Roxy Music, Leo Kottke, Husker Du, and Golden Earring. I have a great love of 60's psychedelia, and occasionally, I go on psychedelic binges. "Eight Miles High" is always the first song I play, setting my mood on what's to come. And why not? It's the perfect lead in for my binge. In fact, I think, since I just listened to it, that a psychedelic binge might be in order. In the meantime, Enjoy! (Info verified by Wikipedia)
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