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May 03, 2012

The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band - Smell of Incense (1967)

If there was ever a phony frontman who was only in it for the girls and money, it was Bob Markley of this group. In 1965, record producer Kim Fowley attempted to match up musicians who had talent with Markley’s lyrics (and deep pockets). He threw the hopeful band a party at Markley’s home and hired The Yardbirds. Only after Markley noticed all of the young girls’ admiration for the musicians did he agree to join the group. Conflicts within the band were constant, as Markley was said to be egotistical, a bully, and completely talentless as a musician. The group released six albums, all spattered here and there with Markley’s nonsense.

Luckily, some of the material released by the group, such as the song heard below, was able to go unscathed by Markley and his ego. This song comes from the group’s third album, titled Vol. 2 (Breaking Through). (The first album, Volume One, had been primarily completed without Markley, and was therefore ignored when their second album, Part One, needed a name).

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The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band - Smell of Incense (1967)

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Lyrics:

She stood as still as the shadows of stone
She stood on the edge of my mind
I tried to push her away
I shut and locked the door
Her eyes grew large and asking
And the smell of incense filled her room

She stood in the ever present fullness of expectation
What happened to her childhood dreams?
The sidewalk smothers us tomorrow
And the smell of incense filled her room

She stood as still as the shadows of stone
She stood on the edge of my mind
I tried to push her away
I shut and locked the door
Her eyes grew large and asking
And the smell of incense filled her room

And the smell of incense filled her room
And the smell of incense filled her room
(And the smell of incense filled her room)
And the smell of incense filled her room
And the smell of incense filled her room
And the smell of incense filled her room
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