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Voyage Through the Lava Lamp

by The Electric Marmalade

Psychedelic Sixties: Takes You Back To The Summer Of Love
Genre: Rock: Psychedelic
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1. I See You
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2. The Groovy Thing
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3. At Zero
3:57 $0.99
4. Psychodrama #Zero
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5. The Rain Inside
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6. Dig My Earth
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7. Na Na Na (Crazy Laughter)
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8. Fight or Fall
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9. Pages from a Window
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10. Sweet Dreams Moonbeam
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Album Notes
In 1969, I went to a sidewalk sale. That was a big event in Temple City, a small suburban community near Pasadena, California. The streets were blocked off and it was something of a festival. I was eight years old. The local merchants had their wares in front of their stores and promised discounts, but the coolest thing to me was the rock and roll trio playing in front of the local music store. They wore Beatle boots and velvet bell-bottoms. I remember the bass player doing a little dip on the downbeat of a three-chord progression and they were all electric! I had a Peter Max notebook and an Andy Warhol lunch bucket.
The images of Woodstock reported on our color TV seemed bigger than life. Though I was really young, The Summer of Love had made a huge impression on me. By the time I was in high school, The Beatles had long since broken up but I remember taking a copy of The White Album into the art lab and playing “Revolution #9” on the turntable. The teacher, Mrs. Morris yelled, “Take that off! That’s weird!” --I loved it.
In 1982, I bought a beat up Rickenbacker 12-string for $325 dollars from a guy whose wife was going to have a baby. I formed a band named The Wail. The Wail was the predecessor to The Electric Marmalade. We played sixties style original songs. We were a quartet with a left-handed bass player. We wore mop tops and Nehru jackets, burned incense on stage. We started out playing parties and school dances and eventually began playing to sold out crowds at Pasadena’s own club, The Ice House as the main bill.
The problem we had was that our fans were rowdy, often riotous, ending with manager, Duane Thorin, being forced to lock us all in the club after gigs while the cops broke things up. I used to talk with the ticket clerk who was a young woman. One night she complained that there was going to be chaos in the streets that night because of us. I placed a bet with her --a drink that it wouldn’t happen. The Cowsills were opening for us that night. We waited back stage as they started their set. We heard a lot of yelling and 15 minutes later, The Cowsills came back into the dressing room with stickers reading, “The Wail” all over themselves and their guitars. The Cowsills said, “You better get out there, guys. It’s your crowd.” When the gig was over, and we were all locked in the club, I of course bought that ticket clerk a drink.
In 1983, The Wail released a single “45 Degrees (I Love You).” b/w “Midnight Eyes.” The record was produced by Earle Mankey. The A side was picked up by KROQ D.J. Rodney Bingenhiemer, who played our song alongside other “Paisley Underground” acts like The Bangles and Dream Syndicate. By the end of the year, our tune“45 Degrees,” had reached the number eight most requested song of 1983 on The Rodney on the ROQ show. That was a blast. We played all the Hollywood clubs like Gazzarri’s and Madame Wong’s.
We continued playing colleges and clubs for some twelve years after that under the monikers, The Electric Marmalade and Dr. Moonglow. But This incarnation of The Electric Marmalade makes the coolest and most psychedelic band I’ve had to date. This line-up of The Electric Marmalade was formed in the year 2001. I play the 12-string Rickenbacker and sing. Devin Thomas, who has also toured and recorded with Oingo Boingo and was the original keyboardist for Wild Child, plays the Vox organ. Dave Beyer who is also the drummer for Melissa Etheridge and former drummer for Christopher Cross, plays drums. We have played most of the clubs on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood since 2001. Our favorite gigs are at some of the coffee houses in Glendale and Pasadena, California. I feel we get to a new stratosphere of the psychedelic. I hope you will enjoy our newly supersized web site. You will find a link on this page. Also, I hope you will enjoy our new album, Voyage Through the Lava Lamp on the Zebra Valance label. It is a concept album in the truest sense. It really takes you through your lava lamp. We had a fabcool time recording it.

Robin Reda

About, Voyage Through The Lava Lamp

Voyage Through the Lava Lamp, is more than an album. It is the soundtrack to your lava lamp. That’s right, put it in your changer and gaze into the lava. Some incense might help but that music is sure to transform your room into a multi-sensory experience. The backwards guitars are positively going to move your mind as well as the sitars and voices chanting and trumpets singing. You might be taken off the planet by the sound of NASA engineers putting someone on the moon. You might watch the seasons change as a Ferris wheel rolls through the streets. You might decide to paint the room round and be reflective in it. But in the end you’ll hear, “Sweet Dreams Moonbeam,” and you’ll have to agree with yourself —all in all, it was a pretty good trip.

Kate, Zebra Valance Records



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Larry Robinson

Voyage Through the Lava Lamp is first of all an album of great songs.I was there in the late 60's and I want to testify that this record would have been one that contained multiple hits!
Robin Reda is a great writer and guitarist who truly loves and embraces the "Psychedlic" and nails the sound of that period of time! Pick one up and trip out my friends. Go there.

Mike Bennet

Captured the sound and spirit of the sixties
This CD has the goods. I grew up in the sixties. I was in a rock band and saw many shows in the LA area. The Electric
Marmalade is not a band from that era, but wow, the song writing and production of the sixties sound is in this Voyage Through The Lava Lamp CD. Believe me- I was there!
Great songs and great players make it happen.


Buy this CD and have a 60s retro party!
Robin is a genius! Keep up the good work. I\'ve always been a fan. The lyrics are quirky and interesting. Vocals are truly original and distict. Groovy. Can\'t wait for the next one.

B Weber

Thought this was great. Loved it. Hope there is another one in the works.
I love this music. It is fun reliving the 60's. I hope another CD is in the works.

Sharon S.

I just listened to your CD & it is refreshing to be back in my teens in the 60's. What a great CD guys!!!!!


I am 35 years old, but I've always enjoyed listening to the music from the 60's era. What a pleasure to hear your CD. I enjoy the vocals from Robin - you have a clear & melodic voice & I have learned the words easily to the songs. I love it!

Barry Morrow

A genuine "classic!"
The only thing missing from the psychedelic '70s was this superlative concept album. Had it been released at that time, it almost certainly would have been a smash hit and be regarded today as a classic. No matter. Good things come to those who wait.


These guys are the real deal....this disc sounds like it came right out of the 60's. Great disc, looking forward to more from The Electric Marmalade!!


A peak back to my wilder days
I put this on and get a glimps back to the 60's when I was a little wilder and had a lot less responsibility. Times were fun back then, though I didn't realize it at the time, and I was able to dance and enjoy my music. That is what this CD allows me to do. I sit back, close my eyes and re-live those days. It is a very refreshing CD with great lyrics and great music.

Holly Vandecar

A rave review for a fantastic band! Everyone loves the 60's music & hearing your great songs (complete with sitar!) is awesome! Thanks Electric Marmalade! (waiting for CD #2)
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