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 pop[1]
Songwriter(s) Mickey Newbury

"Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)" is a counterculture era song written by Mickey Newbury & first a chart hit for Kenny Rogers and the First Edition in 1968. Said to reflect the LSD experience, the song was intended to be a warning against the danger of using LSD. First recorded on October 10, 1967 by Teddy Hill & the Southern Soul as a single on Rice Records (Rice 5028 b/w "Stagger Lee") and produced by Norro Wilson, Jerry Lee Lewis soon covered the song for his album Soul My Way.

In 1968, "Just Dropped In ..." was a hit for Kenny Rogers and the First Edition (with Kenny Rogers on lead vocals). It was Rogers' first top ten hit on the Billboard charts, where it peaked at number five.[2] The song captures the short-lived psychedelic era of the late 1960s, and stands apart from the country folk harmonies that characterized most of the First Edition's catalog,[3] and got the group their first national TV audience on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.

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]

In popular culture (First Edition version)[edit]

The song is featured in a dream sequence from the Coen Brothers' 1998 film The Big Lebowski. Additionally, it plays during the end credits of the 2000 video game Driver 2; the title screen and end credits of the 2013 video game Stick It To The Man and is featured in the 2010 action movie Faster. It is also used is season 3, episode 1 of Chuck: "Chuck Versus the Pink Slip". A short clip is heard in the 2015 HBO documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief. It is also on the TV series Fargo, season 2 episode 7.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pemberton, Pat (21 May 2013). "10 Artists Who Switched Genres". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 23 July 2016. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits: Eighth Edition. Record Research. p. 536. 
  3. ^ "Kenny Rogers | Awards". AllMusic. 1938-08-21. Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  4. ^ "Getaway - The Launderettes | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  5. ^ "White Denim – "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)" (Mickey Newbury Cover)". 
  6. ^ Bush, John. "Together, the Best of Reef". Allmusic. Retrieved 27 June 2013.