Tox Tunes #16: Eight Miles High (Leo Kottke)

April 21, 2010, 1:15 am

Leo Kottke — who once described his own voice as sounding like “geese farts on a muggy day” — is a phenomenal guitarist. His amazing debut album — 6 and 12 String Guitar was constantly on TPR‘s turntable when it came out in the early 1970s, and it was one of the highlights of this correspondent’s aborted radio career when he interviewed Kottke on a Chicago radio station at that time.

This is Kottke’s version of The Byrds’classic song Eight Miles High (1966).  This song was banned on many radio stations in the 1960s because some thought it was about drug abuse.  The Byrds initially denied any references at all to drugs in the song, claiming that the lyrics referred merely to the band’s trip to Britain.; later, band members Gene Clark and David Crosby admitted that — surprise! — of course the song was at least partially about drugs.

For a taste of vintage Leo Kottke playing a selection from his debut album, check out Vaseline Machine Gun.

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