After significant success in LA, McMahon, Condello and company returned to Phoenix, where their association with Wallace and Ladmo would continue for many decades; Hub Kapp was a huge influence on young Vincent Furnier and his band the Spiders, who later found fame as Alice Cooper. Condello issued numerous additional records in association with the W&L show, many of which have become staples of Dr. Demento and other comedy/parody outlets; many are classics in their own right, such as "Soggy Cereal" (featured on the first "Nuggets" compilation), "Ho Ho Ha Ha Hee Hee Ha Ha" and "Pollen's Found A Home In My Nose"; others feature spot-on Beatles parodies such as "A Day On The Tube". During this time, Condello issued numerous records in association with Lee Hazlewood's LHI records, notably under the name Last Friday's Fire.
He also made huge contributions to the psych genre--in 1967, Condello released "Phase 1" on Scepter records, one of the most acclaimed and influential psych albums of the late 60s. The material ranges wildly from psych-influenced baroque and jangle pop to heavier pure-psych material, and features lead guitar from future Tubes guitarist Bill Spooner; in 1969, Condello produced Warren S. Richardson Jr (aka Spooner)'s self-titled LP for Cotillion records. Condello moved to LA and spent many years producing and making music; highlights included his work with Elton Duck, whose sole unreleased LP for Arista records is one of the great lost poper-pop albums.
He also issued a solo album, "No Bathing In Pond", in 1984, and produced or co-produced records for Phoenix faves Billy Clone and the Same and The Jetzons. Tragically, Condello died in 1995, on the cusp of massive renewed interest in the Wallace and Ladmo show in general and Condello's exceptional body of work in particular. He is greatly missed. Read more on Last.fm.
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