Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)

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"Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)"
Single by Mickey Newbury
from the album Harlequin Melodies
Genre Psychedelic rock
Writer(s) Mickey Newbury

"Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)" is a counterculture era song written by Mickey Newbury. Said to reflect the LSD experience, the song was intended to be a warning against the danger of using LSD. First recorded in 1967 by Jerry Lee Lewis, who rejected it, it was a hit for The First Edition (with Kenny Rogers on lead vocals) in 1968. It was Rogers' first top ten hit in the Billboard charts, and got the group their first national TV audience on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. The song captures the short-lived psychedelic era of the late '60s, and stands apart from the country folk harmonies that characterized most of The First Edition's catalog.[1]

The song features Rogers on lead vocals and was the group's second single from the band's eponymous album The First Edition. Producer Mike Post reversed a few riffs to create the intro, and the solo played by Glen Campbell was heavily compressed and used a tremolo effect to achieve its sound. Another studio guitarist, Mike Deasy, provided the acoustic lead guitar parts.

When Rogers signed to United Artists Records in the mid-1970s after the group split, he re-recorded the track for his Ten Years of Gold album.

Covers[edit]

The track was covered by Bettye LaVette on Karen Records (KA 1544) in 1968 as the flip side to the track "Get away". On that release it was misnamed "What Condition My Condition Is In".

Jim Turner of the comedy troupe Duck's Breath Mystery Theatre performed (as his character Randee of the Redwoods) a surprisingly faithful version on the Ducks' 1986 album Born To Be Tiled.

A cover version of the song appears on the album Welcome to Carcass Cuntry by Jeff Walker Und Die Fluffers (former lead singer of Carcass). Another cover version of the song appears on the original motion picture soundtrack for the film Soul Men by Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings. Willie Nelson covered the song on his 2001 album "Rainbow Connection" and his 2002 album "The Great Divide".

Another version was released on the Deluxe Edition of Tom Jones "Spirit in the Room" in 2012.

Covered by Supergrass as a B-Side to their 1995 single Alright/Time.

Also covered by melodic death metal band Children of Bodom on their "Blooddrunk" album as a bonus track.

Covered in 2001 by Mojo Nixon.

The song was covered in 2012 by Americana band Murder by Death.

The song was covered by Reef for their compilation album Together.[2]

Use in Popular Culture[edit]

The song is featured in a dream sequence from the Coen Brothers' 1998 film The Big Lebowski, it also plays during the end credits of the 2000 video game Driver 2, the title screen of the 2013 video game Stick It To The Man and features in 2010 action movie Faster.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Billboard Singles
  2. ^ Bush, John. "Together, the Best of Reef". Allmusic. Retrieved 27 June 2013.