Psychomania: The Best of Psychedelic Rock

Ray Collins


From: Bill Lantz (August 24-25, 2000)

It's been a while since I've seen that video, but the "movie" itself is comprised of various bands either lip synching (Beefheart), performing or just some weird footage to the tune of the band (Stones). The FZ portion is (and please correct me as I'm probably wrong) is Son of Suzy Creamcheese with some pretty damn rare footage of the Mothers circa 1967-1968. It resembles the Garrick Theater footage, but it does seem a bit different. Definitely worth having.

From memory, it's black and white footage, lots of different snippets—if you've seen the long, long version of Frank's (?) 8mm stuff that was used for among other things, the Peaches video, this is like that—except as I said, B&W. Very rare and unique to this video.

From: Craig Jones (August 26, 2000)

The version I have contains B&W film of FZ & MOI at the Garrick & is the common footage that can be found on Video From Hell (in part) & in the 1967 MOI promo film "Suzy Creamcheese, What's Got Into You?". The only difference is that there is a short piece of stock footage edited in at the beginning, (a bird perched on a branch) which is used as a visual over FZ's spoken intro to the dubbed audio fot the rest of the short video, Return Of The Son Of Monster Magnet & not Son Of Suzy Creamcheese, as advertised...

The Beefheart footage is CB lyp-synching (badly) to Upon The My Oh My, which is from Dutch TV 1974 (to the best of my knowledge).

From: Patrick Neve

I finally got a chance to watch this film on a (poorly produced) bootleg DVD. Most of the previous observations are generally correct, and I just wanted to confirm that the song in question is, in fact, "Return of the Son of the Monster Magnet", and not "Son of Suzy Creamcheese" at all. As noted before, much of the video has been seen in other projects, but quite a bit of it I had not seen before. Also, the song has been edited down to just under three minutes. I don't know what significance the bird at the beginning is supposed to hold. Also, there is a scrolling ticker across the bottom of the screen, for the first seconds, saying something stupid to the effect of, "here's a special treat: the Mothers of Invention performing Son of Suzy Creamcheese".


The Laser Disc


1995 Laserdisc, Japan

Introduction David Bowie—Space Oddity
Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity—His Wheels On Fire
Steve Miller Band—Space Cowboy
Pink Floyd—Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun
Pink Floyd—A Saucerful Of Secrets
The Crazy World of Arthur Brown—Fire
Byrds—Eight Miles High
Jefferson Airplane—White Rabbit
Soft Machine—We Know What You Mean (Soon Soon Soon)
Grateful Dead—Sugar Magnolia
Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention—The Son Of Suzy Creamcheese
Jimi Hendrix Experience—Voodoo Chile
Soft Machine—It Wouldn't Last
Family—Drowned In Wine
Dr. John The Night Tripper—Mardi Gras Day
It's A Beautiful Day—Wasted Union Blues
Captain Beefheart—Upon The My Oh My

Other Versions (no Mothers content)

Video Tape

1995 VHS (PAL)
UK Magnum Music Group
MMGVideo 067

(Note: No Mothers in UK VHS version)

From: Kristian Kier (August 25, 2000)

There are at least two versions of this "compilation" available. My copy of the vid does not have the Mothers, nor Captain Beefheart. So if you are thinking of getting one over ebay or whatever, make sure it's not the UK one from Magnum Music Group (MMGVideo MMGV 067).

From: Patrick Neve

There are no less than THREE films sharing the title Psychomania. Besides the music movie discussed here, there is a 1971 film dealing with the sensitive subject of undead motorcyclists, and an earlier effort from 1963 having something to do with a misunderstood Korean war veteran axe murderer running rampant through a small New England town. As far as I know Frank Zappa has absolutely nothing to do with these two films.


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