5 Creepy Psychedelic Rock Songs to Listen to in the Dark

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If you’re looking for some truly creepy and psychedelic rock songs to listen to in the dark, look no further than this list. From eerie and atmospheric to down-right unsettling, these tracks will send a chill down your spine.

The Doors – “The End”

The Doors – “The End” is a song by The Doors. It was released as the final track on their self-titled debut album in 1967. The song is 11 minutes long and features one of the most famous drum solos in rock history by John Densmore. The song is about the apocalypse, with lead singer Jim Morrison singing about destroys the world.

Pink Floyd – “Careful with That Axe, Eugene”

“Careful with That Axe, Eugene” is a song by the English rock band Pink Floyd. It was written in 1968 by Roger Waters, and recorded for the band’s second studio album, A Saucerful of Secrets (1968). The song appeared on several compilations, including Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd (2001), and was released as a single in France in 1972.

The song features an extended middle section of feedback and overdubbed sound effects, which was achieved by recorded sounds on tape and playing them backwards. The sound effects include a scream by Roger Waters, which was recorded live in the studio.

The song’s title is a play on words on the phrase “careful with that axe”, meaning be careful with your words.

The Velvet Underground – “Venus in Furs”

The Velvet Underground were one of the most influential rock bands of all time, and their song “Venus in Furs” is a perfect example of their creepy, psychedelic sound. The song is about S&M and features some very odd lyrics, including “I am tired, I am weary/ I could sleep for a thousand years/ A thousand dreams that would awake me/ Different colors made of tears.” The eerie music and strange lyrics make “Venus in Furs” a perfect song to listen to in the dark.

The Grateful Dead – “Dark Star”

The Grateful Dead’s “Dark Star” is a creepily beautiful song that often gets mistaken for a happy, feel-good tune. But listen closely to the lyrics and you’ll notice a much darker undertone. The song is actually about a dying star, and its eerie soundscape is the perfect accompaniment to a dark, moonless night.

Jimi Hendrix – “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)”

“Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” is a song recorded by the Jimi Hendrix Experience in 1968 that appears on the Electric Ladyland album released that same year. The song features a distinctive wah-wah guitar riff and is one of Hendrix’s best-known songs. It peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in November 1968 and was later certified platinum by the RIAA.

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