fredag 13 maj 2011

The Koobas- Gypsy Fred

(Stupid watermark!)

You might have heard about The Koobas, and if you don't, here's their story. The Koobas started out as The Kubas in Liverpool, and their early days are similar to the early days of The Beatles; they played all-nighters in Germany. In -64 they got signed by Brian Epstein and got a deal for Pye Records, and around here they also changed their name from The Kubas to The Koobas, 'cause when their record was going to be released in the US, they thought The Kubas sounded too much like Cuba.

Nice pants! 

Their first single failed to chart, but they played a supporting-act for The Beatles to promote the single. In -66, they moved to EMI-Columbia and played supporting acts for groups and artists like The Who and Jimi Hendrix. In 1967 they switched from the beat music to a more psychedelic image.

They released their only album, 'The Koobas', in -69, which went nowhere and is very rare nowadays. Luckily, it has been reissued both on CD and Vinyl, so we can hear it without having to eat canned beans for the rest of our lives. This brilliant single is as a bonus track on the CD reissue of the record, and of course, as a 45.

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