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Fifty Foot Hose was a psychedelic rock band that formed in San Francisco in the late 1960s, and reformed in the 1990s.

The original group were one of the first bands to fuse rock and experimental music. Like a few other acts of the time (most notably the United States of America), they were consciously trying to fuse the contemporary sounds of rock with electronic instruments and avant-garde compositional ideas.

The group comprised three core members: founder and bassist Louis “Cork” Marcheschi, guitarist David Blossom, and his wife, vocalist Nancy Blossom, augmented by Kim Kimsey (drums) and Larry Evans (guitar).

Cork Marcheschi (born 1945) grew up in Burlingame, California. In his teens, he performed with the Ethix, who played R&B music in clubs around San Francisco and in Las Vegas, and released one experimental and wildly atonal single, “Bad Trip”, in 1966, with the intention that the record could be played at any speed. Interested in the ideas of experimental composers like Edgard Varèse, John Cage, Terry Riley, and George Antheil, he constructed his own custom-made electronic instrument from a combination of elements like theremins, fuzzboxes, a cardboard tube, and a speaker from a World War II bomber.

David and Nancy Blossom brought both psychedelic and jazz influences to the band. Together, the trio recorded a demo which led to a deal with Limelight Records, a subsidiary of Mercury Records. They released one album, Cauldron, in December 1967. It contained eleven songs, including “Fantasy”, “Red the Sign Post” and “God Bless the Child”, a Billie Holiday cover. It was an intriguing mix of jazzy psychedelic rock tunes with fierce and advanced electronic sound effects.


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  • Bizmuto


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  • alicewondered

    Fifty Foot Hose has crafted interesting musical experimentations and addictive pop gems! PS: Silver Apples has created unbelievable electronic sounds that are NOT overrated at all! They did change the circuits of their synths and imagined a lot of new sounds, I can't believe people would deny their musical genius.

    16 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Punching_joe

    Fifty Foot Hose>Silver Apples by far

    24 Mar 2014 Reply
  • DeadKinks

    They sound kinda like Patti Smith backed by Neu!, only neither would be around for a few more years.

    28 Nov 2013 Reply
  • herr_monk

    definitely an MGMT influence.

    23 Feb 2013 Reply
  • MrFacepalm

    Абсолютный шедевр

    23 Feb 2013 Reply
  • jimmypage95

    One of my favorite psych band.

    11 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Color_Of_Sound

    Some beautiful songs ... and some exceptions for me like experimental sounds. But it's still a good album for fans of psych...

    12 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Brontosaurie

    alter_ed: ok then i was doubtlessly right in my intuition that this is severely meh

    20 Oct 2012 Reply
  • alter_ed

    just read about them in an Animal Collective interview

    1 Sep 2012 Reply
  • iconan

    Fifty Foot Hose - 1968 - Cauldron - Fifty Foot Hose were huge electronic experimenters. wonderful Cauldron. - -.-.-.-. om hari om ..... ॐ

    25 Jul 2012 Reply
  • RussellChap

    Suspiciously similar to United States Of America.

    18 Jul 2012 Reply
  • DoctorMoog42

    Haha @Roncsipar tells it like it is.

    22 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Roncsipar

    Bruno Leys > White Noise > Claude Lombard 1st LP > Silver Apples > Fifty Foot Hose > USA > Spoils of War > Bruno Mars

    20 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Minardil

    herkyjerky agree with u about dickwards below

    13 Feb 2012 Reply
  • herkyjerky

    @Seederman: I totally agree on pretty much every point, right on man! USA is in a totally different category of music. FFH had a few incredible songs, but it's absurd to lump them together with USA.

    11 Dec 2011 Reply
  • herkyjerky

    What a bunch of dickwads saying Silver Apples are overrated below. It's impossible to overrate something as mind-blowing as Silver Apples. The great songs of Silver Apples are way better than the great songs of Fifty Foot Hose and way more numerous to boot.

    11 Dec 2011 Reply
  • NINlife

    best of the 60s

    19 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Banoony

    not as good as their direct competitors (that is, USA/White Noise/Silver Apples)

    27 Jun 2011 Reply
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