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1960s – 1970s CULTURE ARCHIVES.
FLO & EDDIE
The CROSSFIRES 1965
Westchester YMCA, L.A. CA (Capacity: 250)
I lived in Westchester; “the home of LAX”; Los Angeles International Airport and went to Westchester High and so did Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman of “the Crossfires” – they graduated just as I was entering high school.
The Crossfires were a local instrumental dance band featuring raunchy sax and the “boss” surf music of the day. They were really good; their “Fiberglass Jungle” instrumental aggressively moves and slithers along while it growls its way from the surf to the night-time streets of the city -and would have been perfect in the film, “Pulp Fiction”. Very cool!
Among other Southland venues, they played at the local “Y” dances; which were a big deal back then as none of us had licenses to drive so the dances were the best place to meet-up with girls. And maybe (most likely) during and after the night of dancing there was making out and that was enough at 14 – makin’ out with a girl.
A year later at 15, I was having sex with my 14 year old girlfriend. What a difference a year makes!
The two guys on the far left are Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan, the future “Florescent Leech & Eddie”; front men for Frank Zappa’s “Mothers of Invention” and “200 Motels” film.
Along with Volman and Kaylan most of the Crossfires band members went on to become extremely successful pop hit-makers as “the Turtles”!
The Crossfires performances were energetic and great to dance to, I give them a 10!
Five years later I would see the Crossfires’ Flo and Eddie workin’ it with Zappa and the Mothers at Pepperland.
FLO and EDDIE/ZAPPA/MOTHERS – PEPPERLAND – 1970
Lineup: Al Nichol – lead guitar. Howard Kaplan (Kaylan) – tenor sax, lead vocals, Mark Volman – alto sax, lead vocals, Don Murray – drums, Chuck Portz – bass guitar
To fully appreciate the incredible scope and talent of Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan please check out this link: http://theturtles.com/floeddie.html