Sunday, October 10, 2010
Jango Song Of The Day-The Weeds AKA The Lollipop Shoppe
Song:You Must Be A Witch
Album:AKA The Lollipop Shoppe
This is yet another psychedelic classic that went nowhere when it was first released in 1968 but has taken on a life of its own over the years. It helps that group leader Fred Cole is still active today. You Must Be A Witch was released under the group name The Lollipop Shoppe but they preferred The Weeds. Fred Cole started out in 1964 as a member of the Las Vegas band The Lords. They played the TeenBeat Club in Paradise, NV and released one single. In 1966, he changed the name to The Weeds and they released It's Your Time on TeenBeat Club Records. The band had some management problems and were concerned about the military draft. So they hopped in a van and drove to Canada. Except they ran out of gas in Portland. So they settled there and started playing clubs and that's where Cole met his future wife Toddy and she joined the band. Their new manager LA DJ Lord Tim Hudson also managed The Seeds. And he got them a record deal with the MCA label UNI. But he insisted the group name be changed. Cole didn't want to do that but eventually went along with The Lollipop Shoppe which was chosen to reflect the trend of silly names for bubblegum groups. Their only album Just Colour didn't sell and The Lollipop Shoppe split up in 1969. Cole compiled this CD for the German label Music Maniacs and it's mostly The Lollipop Shoppe album with some bonus tracks including The Weeds single It's Your Time. Obviously Cole didn't think much of The Lollipop Shoppe name. Fred Cole has led several bands over the years. Dead Moon is probably the best known of these bands. They were formed in 1987 and split up in 2006. His current band is called Pierced Arrows. Here's a video of the psychedelic classic You Must Be A Witch by The Weeds AKA The Lollipop Shoppe.