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Cultural icon passes on

No, not Bob Hope, whose death Peter noted yesterday. Erik Braunn, guitarist with Iron Butterfly, died yesterday at 52. His guitar-playing on "Inna - Gadda - Da - Vita" gave thousands of young guitarists hope. It didn’t matter how much or little talent they had. If they kept practicing those 14-minute repetitive and narcissistic solos, maybe the world would recognize their genius and give them a platinum record, too.

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Good Lord, what is an Iron Butterfly?

"Good Lord, what is an Iron Butterfly?"

Now that’s funny! I guess you had to be there, huh? Everything cool, back then, was a twist on reality. Like "really radical, man." I do remember Erik Braunn, though I am five years younger than he. He stuck out because he was so much younger than the other guys in the group. Kinda like Peter Frampton during his "Thrity days in hole" period with (anybody remember the group?).

Oh well, we’re all gettin’ older, eh? Something we were so stupid to actually think would never happen. Just like an "Iron Butterfly" would never happen. :)

DAMMIT, I’m 17 yrs old, and I love Iron Butterfly.

Iron Butterfly was the first heavy rock band I’d ever seen on television (I was 13 at the time) and it was on "The Red Skelton Comedy Hour" of all places. They reinacted "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" (I don’t recall if the director tried for any "cool" camera moves), they then spoke briefly with Red during which a large stage light was dropped from above as a comedy bit.
A little nostalgia for the Old Folks.

Old you say.... well speak for yourself.

Hey Larry the Clown. Yeah I know you passed on about 5 yrs ago but if your there I’m just saying hello.

IRON BUTTERFLY WAS A PRETTY NEAT GROUP.I REMEMBER RIDING AROUND IN MY 1967 MERCURY COUGAR WITH ALL MY FRIENDS ON BOARD IN 1969 BLASTING IN A GADDA DA VIDA ON AN OLD 8 TRACK STEREO SYSTEM.I WAS 17 YEARS YOUNG.THOSE WERE SOME GREAT TIMES.

For those of you who don’t know what in a godda da vidda means, the lead singer came in for a recording session and was so wasted he kept slurring the words, The original lyrics were "in a garden of eden"

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