V.A. – Those Shocking Shaking Days: Indonesian Hard, Psychedelic, Progressive Rock and Funk 1970-1978 (2011)

The progressive music scenes in 1970s Indonesia were largely underground as a result of strict censorship imposed by the dictator Suharto. Those who performed music marked by relentless fuzz, over the top, politically charged lyrics, strong rhythms and a cranky low-fidelity were truly rebellious. And the resulting output has been largely outside of the confines of this island nation unheard or ignored. Indonesia, based in large part on the restrictions imposed by Suharto, is better known for the coffee it exports than the music it creates. This situation hasn’t been remedied by the rough-hewn Indonesian bootlegs that dotted the psychedelic landscape over the past five years. Thanks now to the tireless and expensive research of Canadian hip hop producer and Southeast Asian music specialist Jason Moss Connoy – and the trust that Indonesian rock legend Benny Soebardja placed in Now-Again Records as he traversed his homeland’s islands securing the rights necessary for us to offer you this anthology – we feel like we can, in good spirits and conscience, shine the light on some of the most impressive organizations to offer their take on the psychedelic and progressive rock and funk sounds during the early shocking, shaking days of Suharto’s regime. (amazon.com)


1. Panbers – Haai
2. Brims, The – Anti Gandja
3. Rollies – Bad News
4. Super Kid – People
5. Shark Move – Evil War
6. Golden Wing – Hear Me
7. Aka – Do What You Like
8. Ivo’s Group – That Shocking Shaking Day
9. Ariesta Birawa Group – Didunia Yang Lain
10. Terenchem – Jeritan Cinta
11. Benny Soebardja And Lizard – Candle Light
12. Koes Plus – Mobil Tua
13. Gang Of Harry Roesli, The – Don’t Talk About Freedom
14. Black Brothers – Saman Doye
15. Aka – Shake Me
16. Rasela – Pemain Bola
17. Freedom Of Rhapsodia – Freedom
18. Rhythm Kings – The Promise
19. Duo Kribo – Uang
20. Murry – Pantun Lama

V.A. – Those Shocking Shaking Days: Indonesian Hard, Psychedelic, Progressive Rock and Funk 1970-1978 (2011)

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7 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    This is an awesome comp.

  2. Lawdrone says:

    Just picked this album up on a road trip. Have listened to it three days in a row & have been drawn back to it every day. Great selection of tracks for this comp!

  3. The Vertigo Swirl – Swirl 3 (2011)

    Brian Andrew Marek and “Manik” Myk Thompson return with their newest and grandest audio cathedral to excess. Sequenced to mimic a classic vinyl double album, Swirl 3 is an epic joyride through psychedelia, progressive rock, Krautrock and all points in between. Dive in.


  4. Dr. Schluss says:

    Holy turdballs, this is great psych rock! I haven’t had quite a world music rush since I first came across Beleza Tropical comp in the late 90’s, and song by song, this one might very well be better.

  5. B.- says:

    Hey there, you should check out this band… pretyt cool psychedelic folk


  6. so glad you’re back. this website has been a good influence. this is where i first learned of jean pierre massiera. big deal to me. thanks

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