The Mystery Trend ‎– Johnny Was A Good Boy

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Johnny Was A Good Boy 2:35
A House On The Hill 2:20

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April 16, 2020
referencing Johnny Was A Good Boy, 7", Single, VK-10499

You’ve got to love a band who are so uninterested in obtaining a record deal that they don’t. And if that’s not enough for you, hoping to capitalize on a line from the Bob Dylan song “Like A Rolling Stone,” they misinterpreted the phrase ‘Mystery Tramp’ for ‘Mystery Trend,’ etching one mistake after another in stone.

Their style of music was not easily embraced, coming across as rather frenetic and out of synch, along with unconventional, though organized, chord changes and progressions that were certainly cutting edge in 1966, though again, Mystery Trend seemed unable, or couldn’t be bothered to ride the currents to the point where their sound would be embraced and accepted, tossing up their hands and letting others (such as the Velvet Underground) continue the journey they began with harmonic droning guitars and fast paced lyrics that were not folk-rock, nor were they entirely psychedelic.

The song presents the story of an anti-hero, who may or may not have done something wrong, or perhaps was simply taking the blame, though one could easily revision these lyrics as standing in for all the disillusioned youth of the psychedelic 60’s who ventured off to discover themselves and often got far more than they bargained for.

*** The Fun Facts: The Mystery Trend were the first group to play the newly opened San Francisco psychedelic club The Matrix. During their short career, the US band The Charlatans were deeply influenced by The Matrix, with a debate still raging over who was the first band of the era to play while actually tripping on LSD, The Charlatans or The Mystery Trend.

Review by Jenell Kesler