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United States

Years: 1969
Styles: Hard Rock, Progressive Rock, Psychedelic Rock


Mark Creamer - Lead guitar, Vocals (in band: 1969)
Jim Parker - Rhythm guitar, Vocals (in band: 1969)
John Stark - Drums, Percussion, Vocals (in band: 1969)


Robert Ledger - Bass Guitar (in band: 1969)

Biography Picture     Singer/lead guitarist Mark Creamer, rhythm guitarist James Parker, and drummer Johnny Stark had previously been members of the Texas-based The Kitchen Cinq.  Following the band's collapse the trio along with Kitchen Cinq guitarist James Dallas Smith decamped for Los Angeles. Smith apparently decided to return to Texas in order to get a college degree and was quickly replaced by Robert Ledger

     The quartet was quickly signed to Jimmy Bowen's newly formed Amos label (Kitchen Cinq manager Tom Thacker and Bowen were longtime friends).  As you probably guessed, the move to Southern California and a new label found the band ditching their earlier pop-psych roots in favor of a distinctively tougher, rock-oriented attack.  Produced by Tom Thacker, 1969's cleverly titled "Armageddon" marked a major step forward in terms of creativity. 

     Whereas The Kitchen Cinq LP and singles frequently followed prevailing musical trends, original tracks like "Armageddon Theme", "Water Lilly" and "Another Part Of Our Life" offered up a first-rate set of fuzz guitar propelled hard rock, though much of the material was tempered by catchy melodies.  The other big difference was found in the vocal performances.  Whereas The Kitchen Cinq lacked a distinctive singer, this time out all four members came off as first-rate vocalists.  Virtually every one of the ten tracks was worth hearing (okay, any song based on a Tolkin character was of dubious worth ("Bilbo Baggins" and the stoned cover of the Walt Disney class "The Magic Song" was simply a bad idea to start with).

    Following the band's breakup the members scattered to a number of outside projects.  Ledger ended up playing with Simon Stokes Nightmare.  Parker and Stark ended up playing with a late-inning, post Van Morrison line up of Them. Creamer went into studio work and production, including a one-shot album supporting his wife Laura Creamer's band Eve.



Armageddon (1969)

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