Sunday, September 19, 2010

The Index - The Index (1967)

I don't know how I got this far without know about this band earlier. I've read that the Index was technically for Grosse Pointe, but that place can eat me. Alternatively, the University of Detroit has been referenced as the origin point for the group, yet I suppose both can be true. Anyhow, this is a Detroit psychedelic band that seems to have gone under-appreciated. The album is a lo-fi affair, like it was recorded in a shed or a stairwell, but that jives very well with the minimalist mood of the music. In fact, I do believe it was recorded in mono, which isn't something you get everyday. The real power comes from how they really just found that wandering sound that makes psychedelic music so soothing and beautiful. That the singer sounds a bit like Lou Reed didn't hurt anything. Eerie, handsome, and simple, doesn't get much better than that.

To be had here:
The Index - The Index [192 kbps]


  1. Great post. This is really a classic that I've played to death for years. Sometimes, and maybe I'm fucked up, but they remind me of a proto-Beat Happening.

  2. Hey man, I'm almost positive this is where I got my copy. I've been a big fan of the blog since inception. I really appreciate the add.


  3. wow this is amazing

  4. This LP was recorded in a basement in 3 days. I live about 200 miles north of Detroit, (about 1 hour from Bay City, the home of Question Mark and the Mysterions) east of Flint, Michigan (home of Grand Funk Railroad) and I live in the same county as the parents of the late Terry Knight, of Terry Knight And The Pack and producer of many of Grand Funk LP's. butI spent a many of nights in Detroit at concerts at " Cinderella Ballroom", "Michigan Palace", "Cobo Hall" "Olympia Stadium", "Grass Lake", "Sherwood Forest" etc. from 1971 - ??? One of the best perks of being old:)