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The Fraternity Of Man

From: Los Angeles, CA, USA

The Fraternity Of Man, besides having a really cool band name, is best known for recording the 1968 classic drug song 'Don't Bogart Me', which was made famous around a year later when it appeared in Peter Fonda's and Dennis Hopper's classic biker movie 'Easy Rider'. The band evolved out of another L.A. based group called the Factory of which members Martin Kibbee (bass), Richard Hayward (drums, vocals) and Warren Klein (guitar) were all originally a part of. Other members included Lawrence "Stash" Wagner (vocals, guitar) and prior Mothers Of Invention alumni Elliot Ingber (lead guitar).

They issued their first, self-titled LP with a supporting single ('Don't Bogart Me' b/w 'Wispy Paisley Skies') in 1968. The record was produced by the legendary Tom Wilson (Bob Dylan, Velvet Underground, etc.) and as a side note, Kim Fowley also made a guest appearance. Both songs on the 45 are excellent with the A-side being a strung-out country-western type ditty, openly touting the use of marijuana. Because of the song's lyrical content, it didn't get any airplay at the time, but about a year later was spotlighted in the hit film 'Easy Rider' and its huge selling soundtrack. This break gave the band some much needed national attention and the opportunity to record a follow up LP on Dot Records.

Their second album 'Get It On' was released in 1969 and is a much more straight forward blues-rock effort. It didn't sell that well and the band soon parted ways. Ingber went on to become a member of Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band while Hayward reunited with Lowell George (who he had previously played with in the Factory) to become a member of Little Feet.

Artist information sources include: The book, 'Fuzz, Acid, and Flowers Revisited' by Vernon Joynson.

Original LPs/EPs

The Fraternity Of Man

Original LP/EP Label: ABC ABCS-647

Released: June, 1968

Songs from this album played on TWOS:

  • Candy Striped Lion's Tails
  • Don't Bogart Me

    (Original 45 Label: ABC 45-11106, A - July, 1968)

  • Wispy Paisley Skies

    (Original 45 Label: ABC 45-11106, B - July, 1968)

General Compilations

'Easy Rider' Motion Picture Soundtrack - Deluxe Edition

This compilation CD contains the following songs by this artist that are played on TWOS:
- Don't Bogart Me

Electric Psychedelic Sitar Headswirlers, Vol. 1

This compilation CD contains the following songs by this artist that are played on TWOS:
- Wispy Paisley Skies

Soft Sounds For Gentle People, Vol. 5

This compilation CD contains the following songs by this artist that are played on TWOS:
- Wispy Paisley Skies

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