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"Out of the Woodbury suburb of New York City, this band made some outstanding recordings. They started life combining their own compositions with Them, Searchers and Zombies originals. They went very much against the tide of most Long Island bands, who were heavily into soul. By early 1966 they were becoming more adventurous. For their 2nd 45, they covered a Them song, Mystic Eyes. Indeed, this slow punk ballad, was party responsible for their name their leader Joe Docko liked it so much. Their third 45 was their magnum opus. Frustration was a haze of dementia with superb guitar leads from Docko. They played 10 minute versions of it live and each was different. The flip, Psychedelic Journey Pt 1 was a stunning psychedelic instrumental which once again contained some superb guitar playing from Docko. The song continued on the flip to their fourth 45, which featured fine discordant clashing guitars and a striking ending. After this Jim Thomas left and they continued as a trio for one final effort:- Mystery Ship, another punk ballad - a tale of death and the futility of life, backed by the more optimistic, You Won't Look Back. Possibly, this lacked the 'fullness' of sound of their previous two, now they were only a trio."
"From Bayside, Queens, NYC. This guy was involved in several different musical ventures between 1961 and 1973. Throughout he was a phenomenal songwriter. In the early days he sold songs to Bobby Darin and Ellie Greenwich. In 1963 he went into advertising but still continued writing in the evenings. He had records out on UA and Warner Brothers which aren't shown above because they fall outside the remit of this book. In 1967 he turned full-time to singing/songwriting forming an association with Ernie Maresca at Laurie Records. Psychedelic Situation, which really falls into the short-lived but successful bubblegum phenomenon, can be heard on Pebbles, Vol. 16 (LP) and Incredible Sound Show Stories Vol. 4 (LP). He met with more success as a songwriter, most notably writing Child Of Clay, a hit for Jimmie Rodgers.
He later formed his own Perception label, releasing an album on it, before going into TV and commercials in 1973. His solo LP is quite interesting, with various styles covering folk and pop, with some strings arrangements. It's best tracks include You Can't Tell A Man By The Songs He Sings for its wah wah guitar and bass work, whilst Lack O' Testicle Blues is about a soldier ready to be sent to Vietnam but willing to burn his draft card. His backing group, on this, Elminger and Wyeth also released one album as Albert (Perception 9) in 1970 and Wyeth later became a session man, working with Bob Dylan and many other acts.
His most interesting period was with Decca from 1967 to 1969 where he was a member of The Hobbits, who released one LP of soft psychy sounds and another of folk plus a couple of 45s. He also produced and wrote for The Bag who had an LP and 2 45s of 'psychedelic soul' (sic). "
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