Welcome to our “Psychedelic Lunch Series,” where we find out how deep the rabbit hole really goes and explore music from the 60’s to today. Weekdays At Noon EST. Enjoy the trip!

Denny LaineGuitar, vocals1964-1966Mike PinderKeyboards, vocals1964-1978Ray ThomasFlute, vocals1964-2018Clint WarwickBass1964-1966Graeme EdgeDrums1964-Justin HaywardGuitar, vocals1966-John LodgeBass1966-Patrick MorazKeyboards1978-1992

The band started as the M&B Five, named after a brewery in Birmingham, England called Mitchell and Butler, which sponsored the band. When the group outgrew pub dates, they changed the name to The Moody Blues, “moody” because that was their image (dark clothing, never smiling), and “blues” because that was their style of music. Both the moody and blues monikers became irrelevant once they released their 1967 Days of Future Passed album, but they were stuck with the name.

Pinder and Thomas began as members of El Riot and the Rebels. Laine was in Denny Laine and the Diplomats, whose drummer was future ELO member Bev Bevan. Edge was in Gerry Levene and the Avengers with another future ELOer, Roy Wood.

After his departure from the band, Laine became a member of Paul McCartney’s Wings.

Thomas found Hayward by sifting through responses to an ad posted by Eric Burdon, who was looking for a new Animals lineup.

They established their own label, Threshold, as a subsidiary of Decca in 1969. They proceeded to sign various acts that you’ve probably never heard of such as Trapeze, Tymon, Providence and Nicky James. As a result, Threshold contrived to not make much money.

Moraz had been a member of Refugee and Yes before his work with the Moody Blues.

They began as a R&B band, part of the British Invasion. Once they began using a Mellotron, they developed their signature sound.

They appeared on an episode of The Simpsons that was set in Las Vegas.

The Moody Blues were the only band to regularly use a Mellotron (an early sort of synthesizer that used tape loops instead of electronic tone generators) in concerts. They could do this because Mike Pinder had worked for the company that had invented it, and he knew its workings so well.

With the exception of a few years in the mid-1970s, the Moody Blues have toured and recorded since 1964.

The band started a chain of Threshold record shops in the UK. At one time there was a dozen throughout the country but by 1990 only the one in Cobham remained. Justin Hayward recalled to Q magazine in 1990: “We worked on the principle that the shops would be stocked with real turn-on kind of records, turn the general public on to great music, and we had booths where you could go and listen to the records. But people would come and listen to the records and then go down the street and buy them a quid cheaper at Woolworth’s. That’s where our whole plan broke down…”

Psychedelic Lunch

Welcome to our “Psychedelic Lunch” series where we find out how deep the rabbit hole really goes and explore psychedelic tunes from the 60’s to today. Weekdays At Noon EST. Enjoy the trip!

Moody Blues, Legend Of A Mind. Album: In Search of the Lost Chord (1968)

  • This song is about Timothy Leary, who is mentioned several times in the lyrics, although the title is not. Leary is a counter-culture icon who was a proponent ot the therapeutic effects of LSD. >>
  • The song features a flute solo by Ray Thomas, lasting about two minutes in the middle.
  • Mike Pinder plays the mellotron on the track. It’s been said that The Moody Blues invented “symphonic rock” with their discovery and adoption of the somewhat “cosmic” instrument. “If we hadn’t discovered the mellotron, nobody else would have,” Justin Hayward told Q magazine in 1990. “It was a very temperamental instrument. It was always going wrong. It weighed a ton. We only had one roadie and it would take all of us to carry it into a gig. We used to sleep on it because it was the biggest thing in our transit. There used to be fights to see who would sleep on it.”

Psychedelic Lunch

Welcome to our “Psychedelic Lunch” series, where we find out how deep the rabbit hole really goes and explore psychedelic tunes from the 60’s to today. Weekdays At Noon EST. Enjoy the trip!

The Moody Blues, “Ride My See- Saw” Off The Album In Search Of The Last Chord 1968.

  • “Ride My See-Saw” was written by John Lodge, bass player for The Moody Blues. It was one of two singles from their In Search of the Lost Chord album. The B-side of the single was “A Simple Game” in the UK “Voices In The Sky” in the US.
  • “Ride My See-Saw” has become one of the band’s most popular live tunes. It is the song regularly reserved for the finale performance in stage shows, with a lengthy keyboard and drum duet before the rest of the band comes out onstage for the encore.
  • This song was one of the first single releases to be recorded on 8-track multi-track tape.
  • In Search of the Lost Chord is a concept album around a broad theme of quest and discovery. This song found the Moodies exploring knowledge in a changing world.

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