And people thought that it was some magical mystery tour that had brought the mid 60s into another realm. So untrue for their were so many bands that had already made the music but didn’t have the name or the backing. Therefore they became sad casualties in the frantic ever-changing music business. Forming in Riverside, Ca. this band moved to London very early on before the British Invasion had even happened here. They had only released 7 singles (one album side to “Before The Dream Faded”) there before deported (long story via drafts, without working papers, more drafts, France, etc…) back to the States.
The group already had made their mark with “I Can Take You To The Sun” and “Children Of The Sun” in 66′ that would top the list of best psychedelics songs ever. Then they were forced to disband in 67′.
Creem magazine in their September 2004 review, wrote “The saga of the Misunderstood is one of the most unbelievable, heartbreaking, and unlikely stories in the entire history of rock.”
The Legendary Gold Star Album (1965) wasn’t recognized until 2001. And the rest of the Muse wasn’t unreleased until 2004 including “Never Had A Girl Like You”.
Rhythm guitarist Greg Treadway who was one of the original members got drafted into the Navy before the band even got a chance. Tony Hill (the only Brit in the band) was hired, John Peel discovering then managing them at least gave them a shot at a label, Fontana. Rick Brown then was drafted into Nam and they disbanded.
In reality it was The Misunderstood musical unique sound of feedback and Indian/Orient that was never heard before that proceeded Pink Floyd’s. The fact is their performances at the Marquee Club influenced both P.F. and The Move’s music and light shows during their gigs.
Shortly before Peel’s death in an interview with Index Magazine, stated, “If I had to list the ten greatest performances I’ve seen in my life, one would be The Misunderstood at Pandora’s Box, Hollywood, 1966. My god, they were a great band!”
More talk of making a movie from this band’s life from Rick Brown’s screen play some time ago but haven’t heard anything in a while.
Pink Floyd feared them and with good cause. Talk about completely being before their time and shut out to what might have been one of the best there ever was.
Rick Brown – vocals
Glenn Ross Campbell – steel guitar, backing vocals
Tony Hill – guitar, backing vocals
Steve Whiting – bass
Rick Moe – drums
John Peel – Manager