Contrary to its classic psych-rock 60’s sound, today’s song was actually written and recorded nearly 20 years later!
Founded by singer-songwriter and guitarist, Rudi Protrudi, The Fuzztones were a garage rock revival band that came together in New York in 1980.
The band have gone through several member changes, but are still active in Europe and although (on occasions) they have been dismissed by some critics and listeners as a “bar band” or unoriginal, they have maintained a strong fan base in New York, Europe and in Los Angeles. After the break up of the original band, Rudi Protrudi moved to LA in 1987 to assemble a new Fuzztones and this time the band consisted of, of Jordan Tarlow, (Lead Guitar) John “Speediejohn” Carlucci, (Bass) Jason Savall, (Vox Organ) & “Mad” Mike Czekaj on drums. This lineup bears the distinction of being the only 1980’s garage rock revival band to secure a major label record deal when they signed to RCA.
So the madness of Ward 81!!!!!…what a track! It’s sinister, its suitably unhinged and bears all the right ingredients for the perfect psych(iatric) feast! Ward 81 appears on The Fuzztones debut album, Lysergic Emanations, which was released on the ABC label (sold to RCA in 1979) in 1985….it was also accompanied by this rather wacky video which you can check out below..