Formed in 1964 in the USA, the Fugs combined the bohemian poetry of New Yorks Lower East Side with an engaging musical naïvety and the shock tactic of outrage. Writers Ed Sanders (17 August 1939, Kansas City, Missouri, USA), Tuli Kupferberg (b. 28 September 1922, USA, although other dates have been claimed) and Ken Weaver made their recording debut on the Folkways Records subsidiary Broadside, which viewed the units work as ballads of contemporary protest. The set included poetry by William Blake alongside the irreverent Weaver offerings Slum Goddess and I Couldnt Get High, while the original trio was supported by several musicians, including Peter Stampfel and Steve Weber from fellow cultural dissidents the Holy Modal Rounders. The Fugs subsequently signed a new recording contract with ESP Records, a notorious outlet for the avant garde. A projected second collection was withheld when the company deemed it...
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