Monday, April 18, 2005

west coast pop art experimental band

the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band are exactly what their name implies. They came out of Los Angeles, had pure pop songs (not unlike the Byrds or Kinks), but were also more than willing to engage in the psychedelia and experimentation of the late 60s scene, often in the same song (they even cover Zappa's "Help I'm a Rock"). Over the length of their amazing first record they also tackled covering the Van Dyke Parks tune "High Coin" which was originally performed by sunshine-pop outfit Harper's Bizarre. Around this time VDP co-wrote the outstanding and finally fully commercially available SMiLE sessions with Beach Boy Brian Wilson.

Imagine members of the Byrds, Love and Buffalo Springfield high as a kite and let loose in the studio to satisfy their every musical whim, no matter how weird or juvenile. Other than the likes of Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart, few, if any bands could match the unpredictability in sound of the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band. Loads of very pretty folk songs, stunning pop tunes and melodic rockers; their take on ‘60s psychedelia is at once innocent and concise.

Sundazed Records has made your job of tracking down this band's music and many more so much easier by their always exhaustive and wonderful reissue treatments. Give them your love.

West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band - Shifting Sands
West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band - Leiyla
West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band - High Coin
West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band - Transparent Day


At 2:53 AM, Anonymous Robert at Medulla Arts said...

It is time the real truth was told about this band. My intentions are to finally tell my brothers part in it, the late Ron Morgan. Many posts, websites are in error about many things. The other members who stated Ron passed away in 1973 no doubt, decided to take credit for Ron's work. He passed away in 1989. The true story must be told. I will be on an internet broadcast via Mother Witherspoons Mind Garage very tune in and peace.


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