Monday, January 26, 2009

The Lollipop Shoppe - Just Colour (us 1968)

The Lollipop Shoppe - Just Colour (us 1968)

Formed: 1966, Portland, OR, United States Disbanded: 1969 //

Fred Cole (lead vocals),
Ron Buzzell (vocals, rhythm guitar),
Ed Bowen (vocals, guitar, lead guitar),
Bob Atkins (bass),
Tim Rockson (drums),
John the Greek (piano, organ),
Carl Fortina (accordion)

Related Artists: Dead Moon, Pierced Arrows, Zipper
Also Known: As The Weeds, Mule
Genres: Garage Rock

Track list:
01 - You Must Be A Witch
02 - Underground Railroad
03 - Baby Don't Go
04 - Who'll Read The Will
05 - It's Only A Reflection
06 - Don't Look Back
07 - Don't Close The Door On Me
08 - It Ain't How Long
09 - It's Makin' It
10 - I'm Gonna Be There
11 - You Don't Give Me No More
12 - Sin
13 - Someone I Know
14 - Through My Window
15 - Mr. Madison Avenue
16 - Who's It Gonna Be

Led by singer Fred Cole, who had formerly been in the Northwest punk band the Weeds, the Lollipop Shoppe's sole album (from 1968) ranks as one of the better psych-punk LPs, and also as one of the better one-shot rock records of the late '60s. Featuring Cole's choked, bitter phrasing, the group staked out the middle ground between the Seeds (who shared the same manager) and Love, with a bit of fellow L.A. psych-punkers the Music Machine thrown in. If comparisons must be made, they were definitely closer in tone to Love than the Seeds, with a mixture of raunch and reflection in the spirit of Arthur Lee. Cole was one of the few psychedelic performers to make a contribution during the punk era, surfacing in the Portland punk band the Rats in the late '70s.
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The Lollipop Shoppe were a 1960s psychedelic garage rock band.They were originally known as The Weeds and featured Fred Cole, now of Dead Moon. After The Weeds signed to UNI Records (a now-defunct subsidiary of MCA), their new manager, "Lord" Tim Hudson, insisted they change their name to The Lollipop Shoppe to fit in with the current trend of bubblegum music. The band's actual recordings, including the 1968 LP Just Colour, are hardly bubblegum, but instead a mix of garage rock and psychedelia. The album and its single, "You Must Be a Witch," are regarded as period classics and still prized by collectors, though neither made the charts. The band opened for stars such as Janis Joplin and The Doors, and appeared in the biker movie Angels from Hell. The album has been bootlegged; the Music Maniac label has announced a reissue but it has not appeared. The Lollipop Shoppe released one more single, "Someone I Knew" b/w "Through My Window", before breaking up in 1969. They reunited as The Weeds for a 1971 single.
~ [Wikipedia]

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Anonymous said...

I urge everyone to get this album.Truly a lost masterpiece.It,s worth it for track #2 alone.It shames the Stones attempt at psyche

Anonymous said...

I would love to know whatever happened to Ed Bowen. Anyone have any ideas?