- Record Store Day, every day: You got it nicer at Licorice Pizza stores in the 70s and early 80s
- “TV Party”: Glenn O’Brien’s weekly late 70s public-access punk cocktail party TV show
- Zinelandia: Night Flight talks with Joe Biel about “$100 & a T-Shirt,” his documentary about zines
- In 1977, Prince appeared on “The Gong Show,” but no one has ever talked about the episode, until now
- The Wu Tang Collection: The weirdest “Ku Fung Theater”-style mostly-Asian action flicks you’ll ever see
- Bullseye! Arrow Films’ exploitation, Italian horror, spaghetti westerns, drive-in sleaze & more, now on Night Flight Plus!
- “Dynaman”: Night Flight’s popular series featured rubber monsters, good looking Japanese teens, silly jokes, and cool pop music!
- “All Dolled Up”: Night Flight’s exclusive interview with director Bob Gruen about his New York Dolls documentary
- “The Gumby Show”: America’s Favorite Clayboy is back again on Night Flight!
- Something Weird is happenin’ on Night Flight: Check out our classic cult, hippie & biker flicks, drive-in sleaze and exploitation movies!
The Grateful Dead’s 1969 “Playboy After Dark” Appearance On Acid
Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann was recently a guest on Conan O’Brien’s talk show, “Conan,” recalling the time that the band was performing on Hugh Hefner’s CBS show “Playboy After Dark” while everyone — including the show’s crew — were tripping on acid, after Owsley Stanley dosed the coffee they were drinking during the soundcheck.
We found this vintage clip, introduced by David Steinberg, of the Dead’s appearance — on January 18, 1969 — who explains that the “counterculture was in full swing,” at the time. It certainly was.
There’s some slightly NSFW photos here, from the pages of Playboy, and don’t miss Dolly Read, standing beside Jerry Garcia, who we told you about in this recent Night Flight post (she would be starring in Russ Meyers’ Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls a year later).
According to the Rolling Stone article — which highlights the recent interview between Conan O’Brien and one of the Dead’s drummer’s, Bill Kreutzmann, on-hand to promote his new memoir, Deal: My Three Decades of Drumming, Dreams, and Drugs with the Grateful Dead:
In the late Sixties, the Dead were invited to perform on Hefner’s CBS program, Playboy After Dark. As the band arrived at the studio for soundcheck, they noticed some odd behaviors from the crew, resulting in technical glitches like out-of-focus cameras.
“I had this strange suspicion,” Kreutzmann says in the clip, explaining that famous LSD-maker Owsley Stanley had dosed the set’s communal coffee pot. “Wait a minute – so everybody who’s trying to run the show is on acid?” Conan asks. “Should be a crime, I would think.” But the drummer notes that acid “wasn’t illegal” at the time.
Actually, if we have our facts right, LSD became illegal in California on October 6, 1966, so… well, it was a crazy time! Kreutzmann actually refers to the “Playboy After Dark” taping taking place in 1967 — but you know what they say about the sixties….Anyway, it’s kinda fun to think about the crew of Playboy After Dark (you can see their names scrolling by at the end of that clip above) possibly taking their first and last acid trip.
Watch the interview here:
More here, including Kretzmann’s interview with Conan.
(h/t Rolling Stone)