Country Joe And The Fish - I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die (1967)

Country Joe and the Fish were an American psychedelic rock band.

Country Joe and the Fish's second album came out in 1967, just seven months after their debut. Like its predecessor, it showcased their distinctively experimental style of psychedelic rock. It has become notorious for its opening song, "The 'Fish' Cheer / I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin-To-Die Rag". The first part is a cheerleader-style call-and-response, spelling out the word 'fish', whilst the latter is a ragtime number with lyrics in clear oppositon to the Vietnam war. Country Joe McDonald had recorded the song previously back in 1965 on an EP called Songs Of Oppositon. It has endured today as a much-loved Vietnam protest song, helped by McDonald's solo performance of it at the Woodstock festival (where he incited the audience to spell out FUCK rather than FISH). Despite the song's infamy, the album itself didn't actually sell as much as its predecessor.

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