“You know I’m pretentious baby, Hang on to what I’m giving you, I’m sleeping on benches baby, Can’t take it a-livin’ with you…”
Let’s add another Albuquerque, New Mexico band to our list. Lincoln St. Exit recorded their debut single in 1966 on Lance Records, also home to The Fe-Fi-Four Plus 2’s I Wanna Come Back magnum opus. They followed that up with this 45 on the Ecco label.
The a-side starts off in somewhat disorientating fashion with rather tuneless organ and discordant guitar, before morphing into a joyous psychedelic rocker with prominent keyboards, wailing acid guitar, and suitably out there lyrics – “paranoic eruption devourin brain” indeed! Finally, we return briefly to the slow organ chords for an almost Pink Floydian outro.
‘The Bummer’ is a high-octane garage stomper propelled along by a fantastic guitar riff, the lyrics a no holds barred brush-off of a girlfriend that the singer believes has outstayed her welcome. It has a wicked guitar solo, and full marks of course for that rhyme of “pretentious” with “benches”.
After a couple more singles, the band – notable for including members of the Sioux Indian tribe in its line-up – eventually recorded an album, Drive It, for Mainstream that was released in 1970. This was in a more bluesy, hard rock vein.
They then shortened their name to Xit and released several long players in the early 70s. Their 1972 album Plight of the Redman includes tribal drumming, some lyrics in the Sioux language, and social commentary on issues affecting Native Americans.
Reissues: Both sides of the 45 can be found on Eva’ s New Mexico Punk From The Sixties or on the same label’s Sixties Archives Volume 4.
- Who’s Been Driving My Little Yellow Taxi Cab / Paper Lace (Lance, 1966)
- Sunny Sunday Dream / The Bummer (Ecco, 1967)
- Mississippi Riverboat Gamblin’ Man / St. Louis Mama (Souled Out, 1968)
- Soulful Drifter / Time Has Come, Gonna Die (Mainstream, 1969)
- Drive It (Mainstream, 1970)