Episode 6 - Suicide On the Hillside, Downer Tunes From the ’60s and ’70s Underground


In this episode we’re going to focus on the downer/loner folk and singer-songwriter music of the late ‘60s to early ‘70s with an emphasis on the downer aspects. Therefore, we've tried to pick the most haunting songs, which reflects the artists most dark and tortured feeling. Human suffering has always been an inspiration for great art and many of the artists in this episode made music for therapeutic reasons as a way to cure their troubled souls or as in the case with Bob Desper, to help others in their despair. With the selection of this episode we also wanted to highlight both the reflective side, which deals with mankind’s miseries at large but also the more common introspective and self-centered side, which leans more towards the self-abusive and suicidal feelings.

As usual we included some of the true classics of the downer style but also some less discussed artists and one odd choice with Shaun Harris, who is usually not associated with this style of music.  

Dave Bixby – Ode to Quetzalcoatl (No label, 1969)
-Drug Song
Michael Lloyd Lipitz (JMC, 1973)
-Search For Youth
Richard Kneeland-Present Your Errors (Gothic, 1976)
-Present Your Errors
Shaun Harris-s/t (Capitol, 1973)
-I’ll Cry Out
Bob Desper-New Sound (Rose City Sound, 1974)
-To a Friend of Mine
Bill Clint-The Crying of a Generation (Joint Artists, 1975)
-Angels Don’t Need Friends

For a podcast interview with Dave Bixby please have a look at the EIS webpage.