Iron Butterfly is still a band that is going fairly strong despite the fact that they did not have that many hits. Believe it or not, you will still see this group touring places like Fort Madison, Iowa and participating in different rock and roll functions around the country.
This is despite the fact that their biggest hit, “In-A-Gada-Vida” was over forty years ago. You have to look at the charts when music was really music in my view in the 1960’s and you saw acts like the Byrds and the Guess Who on the charts with their hits at the same time as you saw Iron Butterfly make it onto the scene. The song itself actually spent eighty one weeks in the Top Ten. It is very hard to believe that a song which would last seventeen minutes succeed to the level that it did. You can ever hear the song on different computer games over the years. When a song takes on that level of media, it kind of takes on a life of its own within American folklore; make no mistake about it.
Iron Butterfly will be doing mostly European dates in 2010. They do reportedly have a couple of gigs slated for the state of California that old sixties psychedelic rockers out on the West Coast might enjoy. You will still find Lee Dorman still strumming away on his Gibson guitars. Some people look at Iron Butterfly as a one hit wonder, the truth is that they had two other albums reach the top twenties on the charts. They played at Royal Albert Hall with the likes of Led Zeppelin and Janis Joplin. This just should verify the kind of large audiences that the guys of Iron Butterfly obviously aren’t intimidated by.
Dorman is considered to be the driving lyrical force behind most of Iron Butterfly’s work. Some children of the sixties may criticize them for selling out and putting their music on shows like the Wonder Years. Shows like that however signified the 1960’s and the struggle between flower children and their more traditional parents.
When you make Rolling Stone Magazine’s “100 Greatest Guitar Songs” this should really mean something. This kind of rating on behalf of Rolling Stone as opposed to some of the newer forms of media like TMZ. TMZ is only likely to mention Iron Butterfly in reference to an article about Texas Chainsaw Massacre and how Iron Butterfly’s music was used it in.
TMZ Staff. “Alice Cooper-Homicidal Maniac?” TMZ.com
Rolling Stone Staff. “One Hundred Greatest Guitar Songs.” Rolling Stone Magazine.