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Monday, May 11, 2009

At the Mountains of Madness/H.P. Lovecraft

A rare case where the song shares the name of the book and the band shares the name of the author. A psychedelic rock band of the late Sixties, H.P. Lovecraft took their name from the American horror writer H(oward) P(hillips) Lovecraft, best known for his cycle of stories about the Cthulhu Mythos. The band's name alone would not qualify them for inclusion here (see The Ground Rules), and besides, they later shortened it to just Lovecraft (take that, H.P.). However, this song, from their second album H.P. Lovecraft II (1969), seems to have been inspired by one of Lovecraft's (that's the writer, not the band) short novels, At the Mountains of Madness, about a terrifying expedition to the Antarctic. The song is also featured on their Live at the Filmore: May 11, 1968 album.

Submitted by Robert L. Fleck

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