The Blue Things

Blue Things, TheFrom: Hays, KS, USA

The Blue Things are considered to be one of the greatest lost bands in America of the 1960s. The band was extremely popular in the Midwest and Texas, but never made it as a big name. This was strange, because they had a deal with RCA Records. The brainchild of the Blue Things was Val Stecklein, the group’s songwriter, singer and guitar player. His songs sounded like a mix of the Byrds and the Beau Brummels, with the guitar-oriented folk style they had, along with fantastic, yet haunting, harmonies. The Blue Things would release just one album, Listen & See, in 1966. Several singles were also released, doing nothing to keep the band going. Stecklein left in ’66, but the band tried to continue on. They lost too key a member that the band folded soon after.

Artist information sources include: an article by Richie  Unterberger at

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Tracks played on Psychedelicized…


RCA Victor 47-8998 – 1966

  • One Hour Cleaners
  • The Orange Rooftop Of Your Mind

RCA Victor 47-9203 – 1967

  • Twist And Shout
  • You Can Live In Our Tree