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There have been bands, solo artists, record producers, record labels, and at least one famous movie with this name -- but none approach the mind-boggling song list featured on a 1970 album on the Buddah…
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There have been bands, solo artists, record producers, record labels, and at least one famous movie with this name -- but none approach the mind-boggling song list featured on a 1970 album on the Buddah label sometimes credited to a group called Head. This album was also released under several other band names, including Art in Space and 107-34-8933. Perhaps some confusion concerning responsibility was necessary for a work consisting of the following three songs: "Cannabis Sativa," "Methedrine," and "Lysergic Acid Diethylamide."

Exploitation of the drug culture was of course totally rampant during this period, yet the Head album is actually a somewhat different sort of stash than other pseudo-psychedelic ventures released with similar far-out packaging. While these sorts of albums often feature anonymous studio musicians fiddling around, the Buddah album was the work of an early electronic music experimenter, Nik Raicevic, also known as both Nik Pascal and the full-blown Nik Pascal Raicevic. The record label turfed this performer out well before the end of the year, an attempt to clean out blatant drug references from the catalog. Head originally came right before Captain Beefheart's Safe As Milk in the Buddah catalog.

While Raicevic's efforts were sometimes promoted as "electronic music from art in space" and perhaps not related to drug abuse at all, he did decide to call his own record company Narco. He put out at least three albums on this imprint. Some original pressings of Head came with a coloring book. Raicevic is credited with playing percussion on the Goats Head Soup album by the Rolling Stones.