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Novelty Song Friday #20, “Don’t Bogart Me,” by The Fraternity of Man

Continuing on with the marijuana theme I started last week with The Friday song, just by chance, mind you, here’s another laid back tune.

per wikipedia:
The Fraternity of Man was an American blues rock and psychedelic rock group from the 1960s. They are most famous for their 1968 song “Don’t Bogart Me,” which was featured in the 1969 road movie Easy Rider. Its original members included three musicians from Lowell George’s band The Factory – Richie Hayward (later of Little Feat), Warren Klein, and Martin Kibbee – who joined Elliot Ingber from the Mothers of Invention and Larry Stash Wagner. Blues leads were handled by Ingber, and psychedelic leads were played by Klein, including “Oh No I Don’t Believe It” (widely attributed to Ingber due to his association with the Mothers). The band broke up after recording two albums.

Don’t Bogart Me” is from their album, “The Fraternity of Man”, released in 1968.

I don’t know if the first time I heard this song was on WLAV-FM or when I saw “Easy Rider,” but it surprised me that Dennis Hopper directed the film. For a pot-headed free bird in the movie he did a damfine job of creating an icon of American culture in cinema. One more tidbit of trivia just remembered. When watching the doc on David Crosby, “Remember My Name,” Crosby said that Hopper based his character on him. I can definitely see the resemblance in both looks at attitudes!

per wikipedia:
The movie’s “groundbreaking” soundtrack featured The Band, The Byrds, The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Steppenwolf. Editor Donn Cambern used various music from his own record collection to make watching hours of bike footage more interesting during editing. Most of Cambern’s music was used, with licensing costs of $1 million, triple the film’s budget. The film’s extensive use of pop and rock music for the soundtrack was similar to what had recently been used for 1967’s The Graduate.

Originally, Peter Fonda had intended the band Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young to write an entirely original soundtrack for the film, but this failed to materialize for two reasons. For one, cutter Donn Cambern edited the footage much more closely to what were only meant as temporary tracks than was customary at the time, which led to everyone involved finding them much more suited to the material than they had originally thought. On the other hand, Hopper increasingly got control over every aspect over the course of the project and decided to throw CSNY out behind Fonda’s back, telling the band as an excuse,

Look, you guys are really good musicians, but honestly, anybody who rides in a limo can’t comprehend my movie, so I’m gonna have to say no to this, and if you guys try to get in the studio again, I may have to cause you some bodily harm.

 

 

 

Don’t bogart that joint, my friend
Pass it over to me
Don’t bogart that joint, my friend
Pass it over to me

Roll another one
Just like the other one
You’ve been hanging on to it
And I sure would like a hit

Don’t bogart that joint, my friend
Pass it over to me
Don’t bogart that joint, my friend
Pass it over to me

Roll another one
Just like the other one
That one’s just about burnt to the end
So come on and be a real friend

Don’t bogart that joint, my friend
Pass it over to me
Don’t bogart that joint, my friend
Pass it over to me

Don’t bogart that joint, my friend
Pass it over to me
Don’t bogart that joint, my friend
Pass it over to me
Songwriters: Elliot Ingber / Larry Wagner

What do you think?  Do you think CSNY would have done
a better soundtrack than the one “Easy Rider” has?  I don’t think so.

11 thoughts on “Novelty Song Friday #20, “Don’t Bogart Me,” by The Fraternity of Man

  1. Agreed. In some ways the movie came to represent a time and attitude so much that the soundtrack had to be the soundtrack of the time period, what the characters would really be listening to…

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  2. Oh how I love this song…the movie is a great time capsule of that time…You are bringing up some songs I like but forgot about…keep it up Lisa…love these.

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