Matt Knight

Weekdays 2pm - 7pm

UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1970: Photo of Temptations Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Every weekday at around 4:20pm, I’m going to drop a song that I think you should listen to and make the remainder of your workday a bit more mellow with the 4:20 HIT of the Day. What does this mean? Simply, it’s a song that I think will give you some good vibes, ‘spark up’ nostalgia or just remind you about a tune that you might love but just haven’t heard in a while.
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Today’s HIT comes from Motown legends The Temptations. It’s also a song that my own father continues to ask me “why don’t you play this song all the time?!?” It’s hard to argue that point, but you really need to be in the right frame of mind to truly experience “Psychedelic Shack.”

Released in 1970, this is a major departure from the “Motown sound” that The Temptations were known for. At the time, the group was fracturing from within. Paul Williams was battling sickle-cell anemia. Eddie Kendricks, Otis Williams and Melvin Franklin were fighting, and David Ruffin was long gone from the group. Nonetheless, “Psychedelic Shack” would achieve success peaking at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Check out this live version from “The Ed Sullivan Show” in April, 1970.