On Second Thought
The Incredible String Band – The 5000 Spirits or the Layers of the Onion

By: Brad Shoup

Posted 04/26/2006 - 12:11:15 AM by :
 Ah yehss, the Incredible String Band...I remember them, I was only grass high to a doorstopper, but I remember the psychedelica colours streaming in 3 dimensional highways out from the cover right through my eyes, right through my brain and out my ears as if my ears were a pair of lesley speakers. And I remember the music was always beyond my Sesame Street understanding of music, there were devils and wolves being incarcerated together in those guitar lines, there were pierced doves tailing into the ground like a spent skyrocket, the whistle scree and splat and all around me the world grew up & the Incredible String Band soundtracked the nooks and crannies of out living room - hiding behind the sofa biting the heads off of matches, staring into the fireplace thinking that must be what hell is like, hanging off the door frame by the tips of my fingers, and everywhere the ISB got the fingers under my skin and tore open a box of strangeness in my heart.