Country Joe & The Fish

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The "Fish" Cheer / I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die-Rag

Country Joe and the Fish was an American psychedelic rock band formed in Berkley, California, in 1965. The band was among the influential groups centered in the San Francisco music scene during the mid to late-1960s. Much of the band's music was penned by fonding members Country Joe McDonald and Barry "The Fish" Melton, and consisted of issues concerning the counterculture such as anti-war protests, free love, and recreational drug use, with lyrical content daringly to the point. Through a combination of psychedelia and electronic music, Country Joe and the Fish's sound was marked by innovative guitar melodies, and distorted organ-driven instrumentals which were significant to the development of acid rock. The band self-produced two extended plays that drew attention on the underground circuit before signing to Vanguard Records in 1966. Their debut album, Electric Music for the Mind and Body followed in 1967, and contained their only nationally charting single "Not So Sweet Lorraine", and their most experimental arrangements. When their second album, I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-to-Die, was released in the latter part of the year, it's title track, with its dark humor and satire, became their signature song, and is among the era's most recognizable protest song. Further success followed, including McDonald's prolific appearance at Woodstock, but the group's lineup underwent changes until their disbandment in 1970. Members of the band sporadically reconvene and continue in the music industry as solo recording artists.