Yesterday’s Obsession, "The Phycle"
A heavy-handed organ chugging along with soft vocals and some really interesting swirling guitars, "The Phycle" is a true psychedelic work of audible art from Houston. Released in 1966, this single 45 stands as the solitary release by yet another one of Huey P. Meaux’s mystery groups.
From the sheer quality of the song, as well as B-side "Complicated Mind," it’s hard to imagine these guys didn’t record more, or that they didn’t play in other bands as well. They most likely did, but any record of who the band members actually were seems gone with the wind or filed away a la the Ark of the Covenant in Raiders of the Lost Ark.
It was clear, though, that Meaux had some hope for these boys; Pacemaker was his flagship and most recognizable label. B.J. Thomas, Freddy Fender and Gloria Edwards were all regulars; even Roy Head had a couple of Pacemaker releases. Both sides were recorded at Houston’s Gold Star Studios (now Sugar Hill), the subject of Dr. Roger Wood’s next book. Maybe he can solve this psychedelic puzzle.