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B-Sides: The Moon Beast Tracks a California Lady

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B-Sides: The Moon Beast Tracks a California LadyThis week’s B-Sides is for all of you 1970’s folk rock fans. The song actually isn’t too bad, to be honest, but you’re probably not familiar with it because the film it stems from is one of the all-time worst.

A New Mexico mineralogist gets conked on the head by a falling moon rock during a meteor storm and now turns into a reptilian monster whenever the moon is full. Track of the Moon Beast should have been so much more fun than the snoozefest it actually turned out to be. Watching it, you’ll fully understand why the film, which was shot in 1972, wasn’t able to find distribution for four years.

One of the highlights – or lowlights – of Track of the Moon Beast, depending on your tolerance for poor man’s Crosby, Stills, & Nash folk rock, is a brief musical interlude in which crooner Frank Larrabee takes the stage to perform “California Lady.”

My voice been getting froggy
I been smoking too damn much
Singing songs to the sun that’s rising
Rhyming words I cannot touch
Oh, I been wandering in circles
With just a guitar in my hand
Playing one too many barrooms and drinkin’ more than I can stand

California lady, won’t you bring your love to me
California lady, she’s the one I want to see
My California lady

With lyrics like that there’s nothing left to say but light up a doobie and set your earlobes to mellow.

B-Sides: The Moon Beast Tracks a California Lady

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  • James Coker

    still waiting for “crypt-Jam”