The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band
A Child's Guide to Good and Evil


4.0
excellent

Review

by tarkus USER (16 Reviews)
July 18th, 2012 | 38 replies


Release Date: 1968 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A forgotten essential

The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band was a psychedelic rock band from Los Angeles active during the late 1960s. Formed by the son of an Oklahoma oil tycoon and two aspiring surf rockers, TWCPAEB released their paramount release A Child’s Guide To Good And Evil in 1968. Taking a more rock n’ roll oriented sound than the folkier San Francisco scene, while still remaining poppy and psychedelic as any other group, the band manages to create a unique release that stands out in the horde of similarly veined releases of the ‘60s.

With a rocking sound heavily laden by a fuzzy guitar, and the world music influence (specifically Indian) that inflected the styles of many bands in that era, TWCPAEB leads you through their acid soaked world through infectious melodies, perfectly placed guitar chords, and nonsensically hippie lyrics. Instrumentally sounding like The Doors with an extra member who alternates between sitar and a heavily distorted guitar, the album is perfect for sitting on long green grass on a beautiful day, or journeying through a psychedelic forest, and doesn’t let up with its trip-induced melodies for its short duration (around a half hour). The vocal style alternates between a kind of staccato singing and almost disturbing Talking Tina-esque narration of visions giving another unique aspect to the band’s music.

All the songs are great (besides the worthless closer “Anniversary of World War III,” which is two minutes of silence), with a few top notch entries such as “Eighteen Is Over The Hill,” “Watch Yourself,” the fuzzy “In The Country,” and the eastern influenced “Ritual” tracks. “Eighteen Is Over The Hill” is one of the folk influenced tracks, opting for a softer sound through serene guitars, and a chorus that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Simon and Garfunkel album, while “In The Country” is the polar opposite, a true ancestor to fuzz rock. The live track “Watch Yourself” is probably the best here, combining all the aspects that made the other tracks great: folky acoustic guitars, fuzz, and catchy vocals, not to mention a sufficient dose of drug-induced psychedelia.

A largely forgotten gem in the mines that are psychedelic rock, A Child’s Guide To Good And Evil should not be overlooked, and if prospective listeners are turned off by the rumors of common lyrics about infatuation with young girls, fear not, for those are fairly quarantined to the band’s sophomore release. A must listen for fans of the genre, and a good listen regardless of your preferences, The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band created a quirky, unique, and most importantly, satisfying release in the field of psychedelic rock.



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tarkus
July 18th 2012


5560 Comments


Apparently this review page format is fucked for some people so yeah if youre negging because of that youre a piece of shit

tarkus
July 18th 2012


5560 Comments


dude potsy if you havent heard it youd dig

tarkus
July 18th 2012


5560 Comments


fuck off

wacknizzle
July 18th 2012


13602 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sweet band, sweet album. Eighteen Is Over The Hill, Shifting Sands and As The World Rises and Falls are among my favorite 60's psychedelic songs.

Digging: Redwood Hill - Collider

rockandmetaljunkie
July 18th 2012


3696 Comments


Is this stupid trolling necessary ?

tarkus
July 18th 2012


5560 Comments


whoever negged besides birthrite would you care to explain why

tarkus
July 18th 2012


5560 Comments


sweet its pretty jammin

bowlofsoup
July 18th 2012


1073 Comments


Nice review, but I probably wouldn't like this. Lucky I got to this before birthrite messed it up. lol

tarkus
July 18th 2012


5560 Comments


thanks, judging by your ratings i have to say you probably wouldnt

bowlofsoup
July 18th 2012


1073 Comments


I might listen to this just for a change of pace. I'm getting tired of a lot of stuff that I listen to.

WeepingBanana
July 18th 2012


10205 Comments


is the album page layout fucked up for everyone else

tarkus
July 18th 2012


5560 Comments


trying this may be a little bit of a fast plunge into the stranger side of the genre, before this id try:
jefferson airplane - after bathing at baxters; surrealistic pillow
the doors - strange days


bowlofsoup
July 18th 2012


1073 Comments


Not for me. This review page is a completely different story though. Thanks for the recs Tarkus.

tarkus
July 18th 2012


5560 Comments


yeah weeping its fucked

edit: bowlofsoup, i gave you some more accessible recs on the last page if you didnt catch them

tarkus
July 18th 2012


5560 Comments


what are you trying to accomplish

rockandmetaljunkie
July 18th 2012


3696 Comments


To get your attention.

tarkus
July 18th 2012


5560 Comments


meaning you negged to get my attention or hes trying to get my attention?

rockandmetaljunkie
July 18th 2012


3696 Comments


I didn't neg your review man.

tarkus
July 18th 2012


5560 Comments


thats what i figured its all good bro it was just unclear

rockandmetaljunkie
July 18th 2012


3696 Comments


Yeah, I mean I can't neg something I can't read...



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