Sunshine Of Your Love (1967)


Written by Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, Pete Brown
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“Sunshine Of Your Love” is the stuff of legend. It bubbled up like a creature from the LeBrea tar pits come to life. It took the “Summer Of Love” and gave it a compellingly adult structure and sense. It was menacing and not in the playful way The Doors were peddling, as in L.A. Woman. There was something, all of a sudden that said love can be apocalyptic.

Like bellbottoms, like western shirts, like love beads, headbands and an ultra cool way of smoking – a cigarette or a joint, “Sunshine” became, and remains, symbolic of the brief, furiously burning era.

As such, it became over-under-sideways-down exposed. (Never mind the double entendre surrounding the word “sunshine,” the brand-name of some of the finest acid of the day.)

When you care enough to send your psychedelic best, send “Sunshine Of Your Love.”

Even Big Dogs Need A Break, the Mango playlist that details why some of the greatest songs need to sit on the porch for a bit, delves a bit deeper into “Sunshine’s” impact.

  • The guitar playing of Jimi Hendrix inspired Jack Bruce’s bass line. Native American Indian rhythms inspired Ginger Baker’s drum beat, which holds the song in an otherworldly space.
  • Clapton’s guitar lines are a “reply” to “Blue Moon” by The Marcels, who covered the Broadway classic in a Doo-Wop style. It’s not easy, but the relationship is there. And… get it? Sun, moon…

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