The Magic Mushroom were from San Diego, California and their only single was released on Warner Brothers in August 1966. The 45 had already been issued on the Coastline label earlier in the year but under the less evocative band name The Sons.
Ringing guitar chords introduce the splendid teen punk of ‘I’m Gone’. The song alternates between stomping garage with very effective harmonica and neat backing vocals and a more reflective minor key bridge with keyboards and later lead guitar. A strong performance from the singer throughout, and the harmonica takes centre stage in fine fashion on the break.
‘Cry Baby’ is the more commercial side. With its winning melody and strummed acoustic guitar you might even call it a folk rocker, except for the pounding drumming that periodically drives this upbeat gem along. Some very tasteful guitar work on the solo too.
Band members Michael Allen and Chris Gaylord had previously been members of The Lyrics, who were responsible for the marvellous ‘So What!!’ on Era from October 1965.
The Magic Mushroom later moved to New York and changed name to Love Special Delivery (a pattern seems to be emerging!), releasing a single on Lance Records in 1967, ‘Babe / Say That You Love Me’.
Reissues: ‘I’m Gone’ is on Pebbles Volume 9 (CD) and Mayhem and Psychosis Volume 1, ‘Cry Baby’ on Psychedelic Unknowns Volume 6.