Originally known as the Trenchcoats, the Blues Magoos hailed from New York. So their brand of psychedelic Rock had some healthy Punk elements to it. Their sole claim to fame was "(We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet." With lyrics dark enough for the Doors, Emil "Peppy Castro" Theilhelm's blasting guitar and Ralph Scala's vocal/keyboard work powered the song. "(We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet" also had a boiling bass line provided by Ronnie Gilbert.
Like other one hit wonders the Blues Magoos had other noteworthy songs like "Gotta Get Away," but nothing touched their classic. And like other one hit wonders they went through numerous personnel changes, like it mattered, before disbanding in '70.
1966 Psychedelic Lollipop
1967 Electric Comic Book
1968 Basic Blues Magoos
1969 Never Goin' Back To Georgia
1970 Gulf Coast Bound
2014 Psychedelic Resurrection
"(We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet," the Blues Magoos' only hit and major contribution is available on numerous '60s compilations. However, for a key into the developing psychedelic world "Kaleidoscopic Compendium: The Best of the Blues Magoos" is the way to go. There are several good songs with enough quirky fun to keep it interesting - a nice blend of mid 60s Rock and trippy stuff.