Before launching himself into the musical stratosphere with songs like “The Gambler” and “Coward Of The County,” Kenny Rogers spent 8 years in a moderately successful country/folk/rock band known as The First Edition. Their first big hit was the mildly psychedelic, awkwardly titled “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)” in 1968. Thirty years later, the song reached a younger generation through its memorable inclusion in the movie The Big Lebowski.
“Just Dropped In (Etc.)” was created by a veritable all-star team of musicians. Along with future country star and beard icon, Kenny Rogers, on lead vocals, the track also features Glen Campbell (a.k.a The Rhinestone Cowboy a.k.a The Wichita Lineman) playing the psychedelicious electric guitar. On lead acoustic we have super guitar-slinger for hire Mike Deasy (his name is unknown to most, but he shows up on tons of Monkees and Beach Boys records along with songs by Frank Sinatra, Frank Zappa, and Elvis Presley). Mickey Jones keeps time on the drums (not so well-known as a drummer—unless you’re a huge fan of Trini Lopez or Johnny Rivers—but highly recognizable as a character actor). Overseeing the whole shebang, in the producer’s chair sat Mike Post (Mr. Post also produced albums by Dolly Parton and Van Halen in later years but attained his greatest fame by writing TV themes, including those for Magnum PI, The A Team, Hill Street Blues, Rockford Files, CHiPs, and about a dozen more you would instantly be able to hum).
So put on your favorite bathrobe, make yourself a White Russian, and follow The Dude’s example. Bowl. Drive around. Have the occasional acid flashback. Enthuse about rugs.
The Dude abides. And so should you. But only after checking on the condition of your condition.