EXPERIENCE ROCK HISTORY!
the WEST COAST POP ART EXPERIMENTAL BAND
Hollywood Palladium and Grounds, Hollywood, CA
Caught these guys at the Teenage Fair; a big event held once yearly back in the ‘60s at the Hollywood Palladium and sponsored by local radio stations with rides, concerts, booths and all things Teenage. The “American Teenager” as an entity had reached such a status that events like this were supported by advertising and marketing that was geared toward us Baby Boomers and our vast numbers.
The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band were, from what I experienced, a “performance” band in that they integrated light and sound as well a smoke bombs and strobe lights for full cool psychedelic effect. We entered a huge blacked-out tent and as the WCPAEB performed, the strobe lights made the band members’ movements jerky and weird, then smoke bombs from behind the stage grew ever larger with each strobe illumination until the band was engulfed in a cloud that seemed alive! The cloud then continued to grow and move out over the audience in strobed monstrous leaps, all the while to live amplified psychedelic music! Fun, huh?
After their performance we explored the rest of the Fair and went on that ride where you get inside a huge vertical cylinder and stand against the wall and the whole thing spins until the centrifugal force is such that they can drop the floor out from under you! The people across from you are pinned against the wall with no floor beneath them, just like you are!
That is until the floor buckles on the way back up! It soon became apparent that we were in trouble; they couldn’t stop it or we’d all fall, so they slowed it down. Slowly, the weightier people began to slide down the side of the wall as gravity began to win out over centrifugal force but the lighter weight people still stayed against the wall! It finally came down to one little girl who was still up against the wall as we were still slowly spinning. She was assisted down finally and when the spinning stopped they lowered a ladder down into the cylinder so that we could climb up to the entrance/exit!
I bought a quality glossy black thick plastic (this was the ‘60s, we still had quality) German Helmet at the Teenage Fair; the Hells Angels were wearing them and they became very popular for street wear – I rocked that helmet, for a while.
Lineup: Michael Lloyd (vocals/guitar), Ron Morgan (lead guitar), Danny Harris (guitar), Shaun Harris (vocals/bass), Bob Markely (vocals), and either Hal Blaine or Jimmy Gordon (drums).