Monday, August 24, 2009

Fred Cole - The Lollipop Shoppe / The Rats / Dead Moon

Fred Cole has had one of the longest and most impressive careers in the history of rock-n-roll. His work spans the psychedelic, punk, and indie eras... and somehow, he has managed to tie it all together with amazing consistency. After fronting a handful of mid-60's beat combos, Cole produced his first great record with 1968's "Just Colour" by The Lollipop Shoppe. Despite the bubblegum name, the band played wild, proto-punk-ish psychedelic garage rock influenced by Love and The Music Machine. Cole's singing is already way ahead of its time, as evidenced by the fantastically punk-flavored "Don't Look Back" (not the same song popularized by The Remains). In the late 70's, when the music scene was beginning to catch up with him, Cole formed the punk rock group The Rats in order to pick up where The Lollipop Shoppe left off. The Rats' self-titled album from 1980 is chock full of primitive lo-fi brilliance... but the Fred Cole revival was only getting started. By the late 80's/early 90's, Cole's new band Dead Moon had become an institution in its own right, releasing a long series of albums on their own label Tombstone and then for the Northwest indie giant Sub Pop. He's still going! Check out his new band Pierced Arrows... - electric to me turn


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