Before he became Patti Smith’s bass player, Lenny Kaye compiled the 2 album set, Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era. Released in 1972, the two-LP set covered American garage rock and psychedelia from the years from 1965-1968, and was a major influence on punk rock. Rhino Records reissued an expanded version of the set in 1998, with 118 tracks in total. I’m profiling and rating each of these 118 tracks, working backwards.
Track 118: Blue’s Theme by Davie Allan & the Arrows
Release Date: 1966
From: San Fernando Valley, South California
Aphoristical Rating: 7/10
Davie Allan started out playing surf guitar. When asked to soundtrack the Peter Fonda and Nancy Sinatra motorbike movie The Wild Angels, he employed the recently developed fuzz guitar sound (as recently used on The Rolling Stones’ ‘Satisfaction’). ‘Blue’s Theme’ uses a blues progression and fuzz guitar, but Allan’s playing style is very much surf guitar to these ears. It was one of the first songs that a young Eddie Van Halen learned how to play.
Allan’s been able to maintain a career in music – he’s released 22 studio albums, including eight in the 21st century, with titles like Cycle-delic Sounds and King of the Fuzz Guitar. ‘Blue’s Theme’ remains his key track though.
What would you rate ‘Blue’s Theme’?