Thursday, September 13, 2007

The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band

The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band say that three times fast. This is a band definitely worth checking out. Their music is all over the place. From serious to silly, happy to sad, and just plain out wacky weird. They have a rather interesting history as well. Apparently Bob Markley the lead vocalist and creator of the band is quite the character. Rather than me try to get into explosive history check out this article The Legend of The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band. It is well worth the read, and it really got me interested in their music. Though Markley has been titled as the weak link of the band, I find his part essential. Yes, at points his lack of ability is apparent, but I think this is what makes these albums so psychedelic. And it's this risk of experimentation that makes this music truely amazing. I highly recommend checking out "Volume 3" and "Markley, The Group", which is really their last record. They have five records out that are all very interesting. I'm really surprised that they are not more well known. There music stands up and surpasses many bands that have had greater success. I guess this is were Bob Markley probably helped in keeping his band underground. This band deserves more attention. To get all five albums checkout Contramao's Blog site. He has generously posted all of their records recently. Saving us all a great deal of time hunting out our psychedelic fix. I would use the Zshare download site, they don't make you wait for hours after each download. I started with their 3rd album titled "A child's Guide to Good and Evil Volume 3" and loved it. "Our Drummer Always Plays In The Nude" is probably one of my favorite songs on that record. And I hope they become a favorite band to you.

These Links are from Cotramao's Blog Site. Please go checkout the many gems he has to share. And please give a BIG THANK YOU for these.

Vol. 2: Breaking Through (1967) -
A Child's Guide to Good and Evil (1968) -
Where's My Daddy? (1969) -
Markley, A Group (1970) -


rostasi said...

Thanks for these - it brings back memories!
BTW, there were actually SIX recordings.
The second one was, confusingly, called "Part One" and the first one was called "Volume One":

Thanks again!


Anonymous said...

Thank you bro!
I had 2 of them, now I've got all 5.
They were one of the real representatives of psychedelic music!

rostasi said...

But, like I said, there were SIX!

kostas said...

there is also one with covers known as fifo... great band !!!

sapito said...

thanx for this one, hard to find in such quality.