Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Mellow Yellow

"Electrical banana
Is gonna be a sudden craze
Electrical banana
Is bound to be the very next phase
They call it mellow yellow
(Quite rightly)
They call me mellow yellow
(Quite rightly)"
- Donovan

In the summer of love (1967) one of the grooviest cats was Donovan. His paean to the hallucinogenic powers of smoked banana peels (note to younger readers: I am NOT making this stuff up!) enticed this young thrill-seeker to try it out. This was the way I heard it:

  • peel a banana
  • scrape the inside of the peel
  • bake these scrapings in a low oven until crumbly
  • smoke the residue in a pipe
  • get high

  • Not very likely.

    Although, an awful lot of people tried this. Some will even admit to it.

    Then the Coca Cola company made a soda pop with that name. It had a pretty good dosage of caffeine, but was about as good as those peels were for consciousness-expansion. The "Mellow Yellow" craze of the sixties became a national brand in the seventies. But Donovan himself has been making a comeback lately. Quite rightly.

    By Professor Batty


    Anonymous Kristín said...

    There's a cannabis café in Amsterdam called Mellow Yellow...

    Blogger Comica said...

    What a neat bit of trivia!

    although, now I'm craving a Mellow Yellow.

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