The Misunderstood

The Misunderstood

US/UK-Prog/Psychedelic band. They started under the name "The Blue Notes" in Riverside, California in late 1963, playing Surf music. After a little come and go, they finally completed their line-up in 1965 and also changed the band name to "The Misunderstood".
It was during one of their live perfomances, when they happen to meet english DJ John Ravenscroft, alias John Peel, who was hooked and began to act as their mentor. It was probably his suggestion that "The Misunderstood" headed London in 1966, where they due to some help of John Peels brother Alan, manage to get a deal with Fontana Records. Their style now ranges from progressive Blues to Psychedelic (especially live).

But in London the trouble started. Forced by drug problems of two members and an army draft of one, the band line-up was changing several times, until the final split just a few month later, in early 1967.
Despite the short time of only two years, "The Misunderstood" manage to leave their mark in the history book to such contemporaries as Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd.


The Misunderstood Discography Tracks


The Misunderstood Broken Road (Album) Cherry Red UK 1998 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

The Misunderstood I Can Take You To The Sun / Who Do You Love (Single) Fontana, Fontana UK 1966 Sell This Version
The Misunderstood You're Tough Enough (Single) Fontana Italy 1969 Sell This Version
The Misunderstood Featuring Glenn "Fernando" Campbell* The Misunderstood Featuring Glenn "Fernando" Campbell* - Never Had A Girl (Like You Before) (Single) Fontana UK 1969 Sell This Version
The Misunderstood Children Of The Sun / I Unseen (Single) Fontana UK 1969 Sell This Version
TF 1028 The Misunderstood You're Tuff Enough(7", Mono, Promo) fontana TF 1028 UK 1969 Sell This Version
CHERRY 22, Cherry 22 The Misunderstood Children Of The Sun(7") Cherry Red, Cherry Red CHERRY 22, Cherry 22 UK 1982 Sell This Version
The Misunderstood Golden Glass Time Stood Still Records UK 1984 Sell This Version
BOB 2 The Misunderstood You're My Girl(Flexi, 7", S/Sided) Bucketfull Of Brains BOB 2 UK 1984 Sell This Version


The Misunderstood Before The Dream Faded (Comp) Cherry Red, Cherry Red Greece 1982 Sell This Version
The Misunderstood Golden Glass (Comp) Time Stood Still Records UK 1984 Sell This Version
The Misunderstood The Legendary Goldstar Album / Golden Glass (Album, Comp) Cherry Red UK 1997 Sell This Version
UTCD-2201 The Misunderstood The Lost Acetates 1965-1966(CD, Comp) Ugly Things Records UTCD-2201 US 2004 Sell This Version


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June 20, 2013
Originally a surf band from 1963-1964 consisting of George Phelps on lead guitar, Greg Treadway on guitar and keyboards, and Rick Moe on drums. In 1965 Rick Brown joined as lead vocalist, and shortly thereafter Steve Whiting was added as bass player. This line up changed its name in 1965 to The Misunderstood, and started playing Yardbirds style blues and rave-ups.

In 1966 Phelps quit and was replaced by steel guitarist Glenn Ross Campbell. From then on their sound became what they termed as "acid blues", with feedback and steel guitar played in heavy style. They were popular in the "Inland Empire" and even played at Pandora's Box on Sunset in LA, about which John Peel told Index Magazine in 2003, "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. It was the only time I've seen an audience reduced to impotent silence".

Not able to break out of their land-locked small town situation, their cause was taken up by KMEN Radio DJ John Peel (John Ravenscroft) from England, who convinced the band to relocate to London. The band arrived in UK in early 1966, but Treadway quit and was replaced by Brit Tony Hill, formerly lead guitar for UK's The Answers, thus forming an international (USA and UK) band predating The Jimi Hendrix Experience. They played the Marquee Club, and were almost immediately signed to Fontana for whom they recorded six tracks, most notably "Children of the Sun" and "I Can Take You to the Sun", written by Hill and Brown.

A wealthy investor, David Swainson, arranged to manage the band after they split with Nigel Thomas. Dick Leahy of Fontana signed and produced the band. The Misunderstood played a live gig at Phillips Building next to Marble Arch before about 50 members of the media who were invited to the record launch of their first single, I Can Take You to the Sun / Who Do You Love. They played straight through 4 songs in order of "My Mind", "The Trip (Inner Space)", "Children of the Sun", and "I Can Take You to the Sun". The media response was overwhelmingly positive. The Misunderstood were poised for major success.

But shortly after record launch, while the band was busy with interviews and other PR, singer/songwriter Rick Brown was drafted by the US army for the Vietnam War. Brown ended up escaping from boot camp and hiding in India for 12 years, until he was granted amnesty in 1979. Without their lead singer and frontman, the band ended up in disarray and broke up. Tony Hill went on to form High Tide (and currently an outfit called Fiction), whilst Glenn Ross Campbell achieved success in UK with a band named Juicy Lucy, before touring backing Joe Cocker.

Years later, with Brown's return to America, he along with Campbell formed a band, Influence, and recorded two songs for Rough Trade Records in 1983, their single No Survivors / Queen of Madness, before they moved away from the US - Campbell to New Zealand, Brown to Bangkok.

The Misunderstood music was promoted by late, great DJ, John Peel, throughout his entire career, and as a result The Misunderstood and their UK line-up tracks have become cult classics, coming in 6th place (ahead of Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd) in Record Collector's 2005 book 100 Greatest Psychedelic Records.

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