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Harbinger Complex

Harbinger Complex

Harbinger Complex


A garage band from Fremont, CA, the Harbinger Complex are best remembered for their 1966 fuzz-punk classic "I Think I'm Down" (Brent 7056). The quintet centered on lead vocalist Jim Hockstaff and his songwriting partner B. Hoyle III. Hockstaff's Dionysian exploits -- the siring of several love children -- got him banned from Fremont's Washington High, yet his musicianship inspired student Jim Sawyers (later of the Topsiders, Otherside, Vejtables and the Syndicate of Sound -- to hone his own nascent guitar skills. Read more on Last.fm
A garage band from Fremont, CA, the Harbinger Complex are best remembered for their 1966 fuzz-punk classic "I Think I'm Down" (Brent 7056). The quintet centered on lead vocalist Jim Hockstaff and his songwriting partner B. Hoyle III. Hockstaff's Dionysian exploits -- the siring of several love children -- got him banned from Fremont's Washington High, yet his musicianship inspired student Jim Sawyers (later of the Topsiders, Otherside, Vejtables and the Syndicate of Sound -- to hone his own nascent guitar skills.

The Baytovens and the Harbinger Complex backed Paul Revere And The Raiders at an Oakland Auditorium concert in April 1966, and both headlined again at a KRFC-sponsored gig at the College of San Mateo on October 15th. The Complex's publicity shot for this pair of performances shows Hockstaff sitting astride a barnyard mule, microphone in hand, looking like a half-crocked itinerant preacher, surrounded by his four bandmates. The accompanying blurb -- a load of pretentious, pseudo-psychedelic codswollop -- reads thus: "Five muddy bodies lie upon a desolate street. Sudden inspiration doth lendse [sic] them well.

A Harbinger beckons them. Ominous groans -- the anguished sounds of dying animals. Courageous lads, they set forth on a one-way trip. Neglect not your surging blood, pounding pulse, throbbing limbs! Five naked souls untamed, uninhibited, crawl into your head.

Walk inside your mind, filling your body with an unknown substance...You have experienced the Harbinger Complex." Kerouac, it ain't. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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