“Here’s a psychedelic playlist that starts in the late ’60s – naturally – but then continues through the decades to about the present day,” the Talking Heads frontman shared in an email to his fans. subscribers, adding: “The obvious suspects aren’t here – no Beatles, no [Hendrix]… But many others – and many other parts of the world. It has never gone away, it continues to buzz, an antidote to conventional perception and understanding.
Byrne’s definition of psychedelic music differs from the kind of songs you would normally consider part of the genre. Artists like Spiritualized, Pink Floyd, Can, Procol Harum and many more are represented. But the 43-song list kicks off with The Beach Boys’ “Cabin Essence,” originally released on the band’s 1965 album. 20/20 but included here as part of the 2011 box set Smile Sessions. From there, Byrne dives into everything from Bob Dylan (“Series of Dreams”) and David Bowie (both “Outside” and “Hallo Spaceboy”) to Soundgarden (“Black Hole Sun”), Charlotte Gainsbourg (” Greenwich Mean Time”), and even Sturgill Simpson (“Turtles All the Way Down”).
The Temptations also make several appearances thanks to 1969’s “Psychedelic Shack” and 1975’s “Shakey Ground”.
More recently, Son Lux collaborated with Byrne on the official score to Michelle Yeoh’s acclaimed sci-fi thriller Everything everywhere all at once. He also teamed up with Mitski on the duet “It’s a life” the first single from the soundtrack.