Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Bubble Puppy - "A Gathering of Promises" 1969

Bubble Puppy was formed in 1966 in San Antonio, TX by Rod Prince and Roy Cox who had previously played together in a band called The Bad Seeds. Looking to form a "top gun rock band" based on the concept of dual lead guitars, Prince and Cox recruited Todd Potter, an Austin Texas gymnast, saxophonist, and guitarist. With the addition of Danny Segovia and Clayton Pulley the original lineup of Bubble Puppy was complete. The name "Bubble Puppy" was taken from "Cenrifugal Bumble-Puppy", a fictitious children's game in Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. Bubble Puppy's debut gig was opening for The Who in San Antonio in 1967.
After a few lineup changes (drummer Clayton Pulley being replaced by Craig Root, and the departure of Danny Segovia), the final roster settled at Rod Prince and Todd Potter on lead guitars, Roy Cox on bass guitar, and David "Fuzzy Fore" on drums. In the spring of 1967, Bubble Puppy moved to Austin, TX, and signed a record contract with Houston based International Artists, home of the 13th Floor Elevators, and Red Crayola.
The use of twin lead guitars was pioneered by Prince and Potter as exhibited in live performances as early as 1967. Two years later, English counterparts Wishbone Ash and the U.S.A.'s Allman Brothers would begin using the same technique with great success.
Bubble Puppy scored a U.S. top 20 hit with their single "Hot Smoke and Sasafrass" in 1969, the name was a misheard line from an episode of the Beverly Hillbillies. The single peaked at #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 and # 15 (RPM) in Canada. The song was also covered internationally by MGMT, a popular American psychedelic band, and by The Mooche in the U.K. In 1969 Bubble Puppy released their debut full length A Gathering of Promises. However, despite the group's earlier success with "Hot Smoke and Sasafrass", they parted ways with the record label in 1970.
Signing Nick St.Nicholas of Steppenwolf as a manager, Bubble Puppy moved to Los Angeles in 1970. Their name was changed to Demian, (this was to avoid contractual obligations with their former record company, but also because their name associated them with bubblegum music).
The Group signed with ABC/Dunhill records and released a self titled L.P., but it's failure to perform in the charts led to financial difficulties at the record company and the bands demise in 1972.

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