Psychedelic-Rock'n'roll: The Lollipop Shoppe - Just Colour (60s GARAGE PSYCHEDELIC PUNK US 1968)

7 February 2009

The Lollipop Shoppe - Just Colour (60s GARAGE PSYCHEDELIC PUNK US 1968)

lollipop_shoppe,just_colour,fred_cole,witch,psychedelic-rocknroll,garage,punk,seeds,dead,moon,front"THE LOLLIPOP SHOPPE - JUST COLOUR" (60s GARAGE PSYCHEDELIC PUNK US 1968)

"The Lollipop Shoppe" were a Psychedelic Garage Punk band led by singer "Fred Cole" and formed by "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).
"Fred Cole" previously went on to play in a band called "The Weeds" in 1966.
The story goes that "The Weeds" were en-route to Canada to escape the long arm of the draft, when they ran out of gas and money, while passing through Portland.
"The Weeds"' first manager also managed "The Seeds".

"The Weeds" were subsequently signed to a contract with the "UNI Records", whereupon the label assigned the legendary "Lord Tim Hudson" (who claimed to have coined the term "Flower Power") to manage the band. "Lord Tim Hudson" promptly convinced the lads to change their name to "The Lollipop Shoppe".
"The Lollipop Shoppe"'s "Just Colour" (UNI Records 73019) from 1968 ranks as one of the better Psychedelic-Punk LPs, and also as one of the better one-shot Rock records of the late '60s.

lollipop_shoppe,just_colour,fred_cole,witch,psychedelic-rocknroll,garage,punk,seeds,dead,moon,uni_records"The Lollipop Shoppe"'s "Just Colour", are a mix of Garage Rock and Psychedelia.
Featuring "Fred Cole"'s choked, bitter phrasing, the group staked out the middle ground between "The Seeds" and Love, with a bit of fellow LA Psych-Punkers "The Music Machine" thrown in.

lollipop_shoppe,cole,you_must_be_a_witch,fred_cole,psychedelic-rocknroll,garage,seeds,uni_records_55050,single"The Lollipop Shoppe": "You Must Be A Witch" / "Don't Close The Door On Me" (UNI Records 55050), 1968

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".

Highly recommended


Anonymous said...

Wonderful! Been into Dead Moon for a long time, but never checked out Fred's earlier stuff. This is amazing. Nice post.