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There are at least two bands who have used the name The Godz:
1) A New York City-based garage rock band formed in 1966
2) A 1970s American hard rock group from Columbus, Ohio

1) The Godz were a NYC-based band that existed from 1966 to 1973. Their style varied from early to and .

The Godz were part of the Lower East Side, Manhattan scene that produced Allen Ginsberg, The Fugs and The Holy Modal Rounders. Consisting of guitarist Jim McCarthy, bassist Larry Kessler, autoharpist Jay Dillon, and drummer Paul Thornton.

Working on the Esp-Disk label, the first recording, 1966’s Contact High with the Godz, was an attempt to rise above the limitations and accepted norm for popular music at the time. 1967 produced Godz 2, a bolder, more adventurous soundscape which is, in some people’s opinion, the group’s masterpiece. The Third Testament, in 1968, saw the quartet become a trio. In 1973, a fourth and last group LP Godzundheit was recorded.

Rock Critic Lester Bangs in a 1971 issue of Cream magazine referred to the Godz as “…a pure test of one of the supreme traditions of rock & roll: the process by which a musical band can evolve from beginnings of almost insulting illiteracy to wind up several albums later romping and stomping deft as champs.”

By 1973 the Godz had split up, with McCarthy going on to pursue a solo career, eventually settling as a photographer. Kessler became a record dealer, Thornton an actor, and Dillon moved to the wilds of New Jersey.


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