Mad River T-Shirt


Mad River were an interesting psychedelic band who released two albums in 1968 and 1969 on Capitol. They were formed at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio in April 1966, taking their name from a local river, actually called Mad River.

Like many bands, they moved themselves to California where they thought it was all happening, landing in radical Berkeley in the Spring of ‘67. If you look at many of the posters from that era, they’re often on the bill with other SF bands like Loading Zone, Ace of Cups and Mother Earth, as well as the big breakthrough acts like Grateful Dead, Big Brother and the Quicksilver Messenger Service.

Initially they released an EP on an independent label called Wee - try finding a copy of that - I’d love one. And then, as the major labels arrived and hoovered up pretty much every San Franciscan band, they signed with Capitol.

The cover we used for this t-shirt is their first album, released in 1968. The legendary Rick Griffin even did the lettering; a blessing in its own right. It’s a fine psychedelic record with country and folk flavours, it’s based around a 12-minute song ‘War Goes On’ and with songs like ‘Amphetamine Gazelle’ you’re really touching the late 60s zeitgeist. It didn't chart

They made an album called ‘Paradise Bar And Grill’ in ‘69 which peaked at #192 on Billboard and then spilt up. Drummer Greg Dewey turned up on Don McLean’s ‘Tapestry’ album as well as Grunt artists like Grootna and Bodacious DF and later, Eggs Over Easy. But everyone else just faded into the background, some made a few records but by and large everyone just got on with their lives. The psychedelic band of their youth came and went in a blink of the cosmic eye and maybe that's just how it should be. 

Also available on Womens Tees

Small 34-36 27 86-92 68
Medium 38-40 28 96-102 71
Large 42-44 29 106-112 73
XL 44-48 31 112-122 78
2XL 50-52 32 127-132 81
3XL 54-56 33 137-142 83
4XL 58-60 34 147-152 86
5XL 62-64 35 157-162 89

Returns & Exchanges

This isn't a problem. If you need to change size or colour or design, or just fancy a refund, its all cool. I can sort all of this out for you. 

When returning an item it must arrive with us in it’s original condition. Wearing it down the pub on a Friday night out, getting it covered in Guinness and setting light to it via a badly rolled reefer, then returning it on Monday, is understandable, but not allowed by the karma pixies who govern our lives. And we don't want to upset the karma pixies now, do we? 

If your item is in any way faulty then please contact me immediately, send a photo of the issue and I will get a replacement organised. You won't have to send it back to us. For clarity, the concept of faulty does not include stains from a lamb dhansak you have spilled down yourself after consuming 8 pints of lager.  

Before making a return, please email me with your order number, and what you want to happen - a refund, or a different size/colour/design. I can then make it happen because I am all powerful, can change my clothes in a phone box and can fire spider webs from places I didn't know I even had. Possibly.

You will always be dealing with me, Johnny, because DJTees is so small and niche that I do all admin. Don't worry, I don't bite, or at least not unless you are a sausage. I do bite sausages.

If you'd love a t-shirt but are totally skint, drop me a line and I'll see what I can do.  


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