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Just Colour - The Lollipop Shoppe

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Genre: Rock / Artist: The Lollipop Shoppe / CD released 2008-07-28 by Rev-Ola

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      31.03.2011 20:59
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      Far from the underground classic it's made out to be

      The front cover of this album may look like a neon version of the Adam's family house, it's the cover of Oregon based 60s psychedelic garage band The Lolipop Shoppe who were encouraged to go with for the rather cheesy name by their manager in the hope they'd do well on the back of the bubblegum pop around at the time.

      Released in 1968 as the band's sole album, it tends to have the less snarly sound of Eastern US garage but the music retains the psychedelic aspect. The songs and lyrics are surprisingly depressing though, a rarity amongst contemporary garage bands and also a bit out of sorts when compared to their early work as the band The Weeds.

      The lead singer Fred Cole has a notoriously high pitch voice on this album which is another thing that seperates them from similar bands of the era, I have to say that some of the tunes on this album seem distinctly average and although it has become an underground favourite, it's not too difficult to see why it wasn't much of a success at the time.

      The best track on the album is definitely "You Must be A Witch" which is a really good song with lots of balls to it, catchy lyrics and if it's the only thing you've heard by the band then you might be a bit disappointed when you here some of the other tracks which do seem a bit samey.

      There's obviously something about this band that people like because they played quite a lot of gigs with Janis Joplin and The Doors back in their day but for me, the vocals are just a tad too high and they are not really a patch on The 13th Floor Elevators and the like.

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