Opus 1 – Backseat ’38 Dodge

Released in 1966, this song is a lost gem of garage surf fury with distortion laden breaks.

With elements of even shoegaze, this song is so very ahead of its time. with distortion filling the hazy air in the back seat of the 1938 dodge, a shocking sculpture by Edward Kienholz that caused a scandal when it was exposed at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1966.

The piece won Kienholz instant celebrity in 1966 when the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors tried to ban the sculpture as pornographic and threatened to withhold financing from LACMA if it included the work in a Kienholz retrospective. A compromise was reached under which the sculpture’s car door would remain closed and guarded, to be opened only on the request of a museum patron who was over 18, and only if no children were present in the gallery. The uproar led to more than 200 people lining up to see the work the day the show opened. Ever since,Back Seat Dodge ’38 has drawn crowds.

The song unfortunately did not have the same success as the sculpture, Opus 1 were formed by drummer John Christensen when he needed a band for his house party and called the rhythm section of Chris Morgan and the Togas, who at the time lived just down the road from Christensen.


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