Thursday, May 17, 2007
Hapshash and the Coloured Coat - Featuring the Human Host and the Heavy Metal Kids (1967)
Hapshash and The Coloured Coat were a British graphics team consisting of Michael English and Nigel Waymouth and are known for creating some of the most memorable concert posters of the psychedelic era printed and distributed by Osiris Visions. They made posters for Pink Floyd, the Incredible String Band, and many bands who played in the underground UFO club. The two met shortly after Nigel had opened London's first psychedelic boutique, Granny Takes A Trip, working under the name Cosmic Colors, then Jacob and the Coloured Coat, and finally Hapshash and the Coloured Coat. In 2000, their work gained recognition when the Victoria and Albert Museum put on an exhibition of their work. The album foreshadows some of the experimental directions bands like the Velvet Underground would soon be exploring. It is mainly void of song structures, consisting of listless jams with tribal rhythms, driving guitars, dissonant instrumentation and sporadic vocals. The tribal direction of the music is very apparent, particularly on the song '"Aoum" which is entirely a cappella chanting.
"A Mind Blown Is A Mind Shown"
Go here to see Hapshash and the Coloured Coat's psychedelic posters.
Go here for Nigel Waymouth's website.
Download Featuring the Human Host and the Heavy Metal Kids