5D (Fifth Dimension) (Byrds)

13 JUNE 1966

The Byrds released their single ‘5D (Fifth Dimension)' (from the album of the same name) in the US during this week. It reached #44 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart but did not make the charts in the UK.

Some US radio stations had actually banned this song, believing that it promoted drug use. It seems more like a reference to meditation, but the band were certainly getting more experimental with their material while still holding on to elements of the jangling folk-rock that had brought them so much success in 1965. However, their record sales were falling, and with their main songwriter Gene Clark having left the band they continued as a four-piece group but their career would now be marked by declining commercial fortunes, and changes in personnel and style. Despite this, they would still release two brilliant albums ('Younger Than Yesterday' and 'The Notorious Byrd Brothers') in the following two years.

B-side: 'Captain Soul'
Released: 13 June 1966
Recorded: 24-25 May 1966, Columbia Studios, Hollywood
Highest chart position: #44 (US)
Length: 2:33
Label: Columbia
Writer: Jim McGuinn
Producer: Allen Stanton