The original version of “Pictures of Matchstick Men” was recorded by the English band Status Quo in 1968. It’s a great piece of 1960s psychedelic trash. American band Camper Van Beethoven made a great cover version in 1989. It’s an affectionate tribute to the weirdness and excesses of the era. Robert Christgau wrote that it “smirks cheerfully at hippie nostalgia”.