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The Leopards

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Anyone within earshot of Rodney Bingenheimer´s KROQ show has been hearing “psychedelic boy” for a long time, and perhaps wondering who this mysterious band was, able to poke fun at the dedicated fashion-followers of the local paisley scene with a seemingly effortless light-hearted touch.

As a matter of fact, these LEOPARDS, have been around since at least 1978, when they released an LP and series of 45s on the MOON label, back in Kansas where they started out. It was favorably received, but a move to L.A. proved more frustrating than successful, and the Leopards have been laying low in recent years, only emerging in 1985 with the new demo tape featuring “Psychedelic Boy”. Since then they´ve played often at the Cavern Club and other venues, built a rabid following, and are now hard at work on their first Voxx LP. Meanwhile, here at last is their hit, on actual vinyl, along with a nifty flip.

DENNIS PASH: guitar, vocals
JAMES BORDY: guitar
ROSS INDEN: bass, vocals
DENNIS BOUCH: drums

I think it was Paul Grant who said that the Leopards cut the best Kinks album of the ’80s — speaking of MAGIC STILL EXISTS. The demo tape they cut for that was actually better than what was done for Bomp, my gut feeling. That’s where “Psychedelic Boy” comes from, and Bomp pretty much used that take because it had already gotten tons of airplay on Rodney Bingenheimer’s KROQ radio show when it mattered.

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  • iconan

    Leopards - 1987 - Magic Still Exists - This is the second and last LP from the Leopards. It came out on Voxx records in 1987. Surprisingly enough the record was engineered by Brett Gurewitz of Bad Religion who also lend them instruments and amps! Magic Still Exists is the best Kinks album of the '80s. Line-up: Dennis Pash -gtr, pno, hmca, pcsn, vcls - Ross Inden -bs, pcsn, vcls - James Bordy - gtr, vcls - Dennis Bouch - drms, pcsn - - -.-.-.-. om hari om ..... ॐ

    19 Jun 2012 Reply
  • helloiamzach

    You can download the band's track 'Lifeline' for free from my website's compilation album: http://www.deadpress.co.uk/building-blocks-compilation-volume-one

    2 Oct 2011 Reply
  • ModsMomoko

    so nice!!!

    22 Aug 2011 Reply
  • KristianHT

    Oh man does this hit the sweet spot

    20 Sep 2010 Reply

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