West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band
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Robert Markley was a bizarre and eccentric musician of the 1960s who formed the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band in Los Angeles in 1966 with guitarists Shaun Harris and Dan Harris, and help from Kim Fowley. Following a collection of covers titled Volume One (Fifo, 1966), the psychedelic music of their second album, Part One (Reprise, 1967 - Sundazed, 2001), fragile and dreamy, had little in common with the bands of their era (Shifting Sands). The third album would be released only 24 years later, as The Legendary Unreleased Album (Raspberry, 1980).

The following album Breaking Through Volume 2 (Reprise, 1967) was less successful in recreating that surreal atmosphere, despite the lengthy Smell Of Incense and the Fugs-ian satire of Suppose They Give Us A War And Nobody Comes. The first two official album are summarized on Transparent Day (Edsel, 1986).

The band released A Child's Guide To Good & Evil (Reprise, 1968), which increased the similarities with the Fugs, both in terms of agit-prop satire (Until The Poorest People Have Money To Spend, A Child Of A Few Hours Is Burning To Death) and in terms of bizarre collage techniques (Anniversary Of World War 3, with proto-glitch music), Where's My Daddy (Amos, 1969) and Markley A Group before disappearing.

A founding member of the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band, producer Michael Lloyd, assembled the musicians who recorded October Country (1967) and the ones who recorded The Smoke (1968 - Kismet, 2012), both studio project that never had a follow-up. The latter album includes the Turtles-esque Self-Analysis, the Beach Boys-esque October Country Cowboys And Indians, clearly derivative of the Hollies and of the musichall of the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, Odyssey, a melodic collage that toys with the Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour and with horn-driven soul music, and especially the Frank Zappa-esque instrumental The Hobbit Symphony. Lloyd was one of the most creative producers of the age of "bubblegum", of the one-hit wonders artificially constructed in the studio.

(Translated by Fulvio Ferlito)

Robert Markley è stato un bizzarro ed eccentrico musicista degli anni ’60, il quale fondò a Los Angeles nel 1966 la West Cast Pop Art Experimental Band insieme  ai chitarristi Shaun Harris e Dan Harris, e con l’aiuto di Kim Fowley. In seguito alla collezione di cover intitolata Volume One (Fifo, 1966), la musica psichedelica del secondo album, Part One (Reprise, 1967 - Sundazed, 2001) fragile e sognante, ha avuto poco in comune con le band del loro periodo (Shifting Sands). Il loro terzo album sarebbe uscito solamente 24 anni dopo col nome di The Legendary Unreleased Album (Raspberry, 1980).

 

L’album seguente Breaking Through Volume 2 (Reprise, 1967) ebbe meno successo nel ricreare quell’atmosfera surreale, nonostante la lunghezza di Smell of Incense e la satira à la Fugs di Suppose They Give Us A War And Nobody Comes. I primi due album ufficiali sono riassunti in Trasparent Day (Edsel,1986).

 

La band pubblicò A Child’s Guide To Good & Evil (Reprise, 1968), che rinforzò le somiglianze con i Fugs, sia per quanto concerne la satira agit-pop (Until The Poorest People Have Money To Spend, A Child Of A Few Hours Is Burning To Death) che per le bizzarre tecniche di collage (Anniversary Of World War 3, con musica proto-glitch), Where's My Daddy (Amos, 1969) e Markley A Group prima di scomparire

 

Uno dei membri fondatori della West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band, il produttore Michael Lloyd, mise insieme alcuni musicisti che registrarono October Country (1967) e degli altri che registrarono The Smoke (1968 - Kismet, 2012), entrambi i progetti non ebbero mai un seguito. Il secondo degli album contiene la Turtles-esca Self-Analysis, October Country Cowboys And Indians in stile Beach Boys, chiaramente un derivato degli Hollies e del music-hall dei Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, Odyssey, collage melodico che gioca con Magical Mystery Tour dei Beatles e Soul a base di fiati, ed infine il brano strumentale, in stile Frank Zappa, The Hobbit Symphony. Lloyd è stato uno dei più creativi produttori dell’era del “bubblegum” e delle one-hit wonder prodotte artificialmente in studio.

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