Pearls Before Swine

Genres: Pop / Rock
Descriptive "tags": folk psychedelic folk psychedelic acid folk folk noir psychedelic rock folk rock Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
Links online: Lyrics Wikidata Wikipedia


Formed in Florida, USA, in 1965, Pearls Before Swine originally comprised songwriter Tom Rapp (1947, Bottineau, North Dakota, USA; vocals/guitar), Wayne Harley (autoharp/banjo/mandolin/vibraphone), Lane Lederer (bass/guitar/horns), Roger Crissinger (keyboards), and Warren Smith (drums). The band pursued a recording contract with the avant garde ESP label, opining that the home of the Fugs would welcome their surrealist folk rock. The quartet’s debut, One Nation Underground, was an enticing mixture of intimate ballads and Bob Dylan -influenced ire, while Rapp’s lisping delivery gave the band its distinctiveness. Balaklava followed a similar path, but enhanced the air of mystery with a succession of sound effects, string arrangements and contributions from jazz musician Joe Farrell.

Although the Pearls’ original members were now dropping out of the band, Rapp continued to forge an idiosyncratic path on new label Reprise Records....

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