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Cork Marcheschi, the creative force behind Fifty Foot Hose, grew up in the Bay Area and developed a taste for both R&B and avantgarde music - Edgar Varese was an early influence. After finishing high-school in 1963, he formed a garage band called the Hide-A-Ways with guitarist Jim Flannery (Marcheschi played bass). The band soon changed name to the Ethix and played constantly around the Bay Area between 1964-66. They recorded the notoriously atonal Bad Trip single in the bathroom of Cork's mother's house but the band ended in early 1967 when the band played Las Vegas where two of the members were found to be under-age.
Cork's interest in avant-garde music prompted him to build his very own musical "instrument" with two audio generators, two theremins, and various other sonic-distortion devices - a bit like the one Simeon used in the Silver Apples. He teamed with guitarist and fellow experimental music-enthusiast David Blossom who brought in his wife, Nancy, as vocalist. A second guitarist, Larry Evans, was added and former Ethix-member, Gary Doos, played drums to complete the original lineup of Fifty Foot Hose. Doos soon left and a couple of other drummers were tried before settling on Kim Kimsey for good. Meanwhile Cork gave up bass to devote himself to the electronics and Terry Hansley was brought in to take up bass duties.
Early on, the band played a lot of gigs but mostly perplexed audiences with their uncompromisingly experimental approach. They recorded a demo, four tracks of which are included on the Big Beat CD, and hawked it around the record companies. Limelight Records, an experimental label subsidiary of Mercury, signed the band and they recorded their album in early 1968 with Dan Healy, who also worked with Human Expression and later extensively with the Grateful Dead, as producer.
Although Cauldron went unnoticed at the time, partly because it didn't fit into any neat "psychedelic" mould, it has certainly stood the test of time and utilises just about every music-making electronic device then available. Audio generators, echodette, squeaky box, siren, ringing oscillator circuits, theremin - the list is almost endless. Nancy Blossom also has a beautifully clear voice which begs comparison with Dorothy Moscowitz, the vocalist with another pioneering electronic band, The United States of America.
Sadly after the album disappeared without trace, several members left to join the production of the musical "Hair" (just to get a regular paycheck) and the band effectively folded.
Kimsey later played with the Hoodoo Rhythm Devils, whilst Cork became a teacher and later a well-known sculptor.
In the late '70s and '80s Cauldron influenced a number of experimental outfits - including Pere Ubu, Throbbing Gristle, and Chrome. Continuing interest in the band led to a "re-union" live album, from 1995, which appeared on the Japanese, Captain Trip label. Although only Cork Marcheschi is the only original member, Live... and Unreleased is rather successful, with spirited performances of If Not This Time, Red The Signpost plus six other tracks. A studio album Sing Like Scaffold followed in 1999 and there was also a vinyl rarities compilation Ingredients. ~ (Vernon Joynson / Max Waller / Lloyd Peasley / Alec Palao)
01. And After 2:07
02. If Not This Time 3:39
03. Opus 777 0:22
04. The Things that Concern You 3:30
05. Opus 11 0:26
06. Red The Sign Post 2:57
07. For Paula 0:30
08. Rose 5:07
09. Fantasy 10:14
10. God Bless The Child 2:46
11. Cauldron 4:55
12. If Not This Time 3:41
13. Red The Sign Post 2:20
14. Fly Free 2:41
15. Desire 11:42
Fifty Foot Hose: David Blossom - guitar, piano
Nancy Blossom - vocals
Larry Evans - guitar, vocals
Terry Hansley - bass
Kim Kimsey - drums
Cork Marcheschi - electronics, sound effects
16. Bad Trip 3:24
17. Skins 2:26
18. Bad Trip 2:34
The Ethix. The line-up was possibly: Cork Marcheschi - bass
Bob Noto - guitar
Bob Gibson - vocals
Gary Doos - drums
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