The lollipop Shoppe - Just Colour (1968)
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.
The bands only album, 'Just Colour' is a good document of 'psychedelic rock' from that era.
Rocking out hard,
yet with a gentle and beautiful song like 'Only A Reflection' as well,
it's no surprise that some of the Lollipop Shoppe songs (like 'Don't Look Back'
and 'You Must Be A Witch') easily fit in with the Dead Moon set list, even today.
After the Lollipop Shoppe broke up in 1969,
Fred played in a couple of local bands but was generally fed up with the rock'n'roll
business (including the 'necessity' of keeping their marriage a secret).
However, the band made a short re-appearance as Underground Railroad after all
(for a couple of gigs) and even called themselves The Weeds again for a 1971 single,
recorded as a threepiece with Ed Bowen and newcomer drummer Dominic Davis.
The name of the Lollipop Shoppe however will not easily be forgotten,
since countless cover versions of 'You Must Be A Witch'
surfaced in the eighties garage rock boom,
and lots of garage punk bands of today also pick this song for their set list.
(Info by: CGR)
01 - You Must Be A Witch - 2.43
02 - Underground Railroad - 7.39
03 - Baby Don´t Go - 2.35
04 - Who'll Read The Will - 2.28
05 - It´s Only A Reflection - 3.04
06 - Someone I Know - 4.05
07 - Don´t Look Back - 2.30
08 - Don´t Close The Door On Me - 4.21
09 - It Ain´t How Long - 2.41
10 - It´s Makin' It - 2.27
11 - I'm Gonna Be There - 2.41
12 - You Don´t Give Me No More - 2.13
13 - Sin - 2.23
Size: 78 Mb
Bitrate: 256 mp3