The Insect Trust



The Insect Trust Discography


The Insect Trust The Insect Trust (Album) Capitol Records UK 1968 Sell This Version
The Insect Trust Hoboken Saturday Night (Album) Atco Records US 1970 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

The Insect Trust Been Here And Gone So Soon Capitol Records US 1968 Sell This Version
P-2386 The Insect Trust Special Rider Blues / Miss Fun City(7", Single, Promo) Capitol Records P-2386 US 1968 Sell This Version
45-6764 Insect Trust* Reciprocity(7") Atco Records 45-6764 US 1970 Sell This Version


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April 11, 2016
The group's talent pool consisted of guitarists Bill Barth
and Luke Faust, reed players Trevor Koelhler and Robert Palmer
and vocalist/keyboard player Nancy Jeffries .
Even though they were one of the era's more eclectic outfits
and attracted little attention (and even fewer sales),
their out-and-out experimentation had a substantial impact
on music and if you're willing to make the investment of time
and energy (and a bit of money), getting into their short catalog
can be a rewarding experience.
Having previously played in The Solip Singers (along with
Holy Modal Rounder Pete Stampfel), by 1968 Barth and Jeffries had
moved on to form The Insect Trust (the name supposedly inspired
by Bill Lebvy's poetry journal The Insect Trust Gazette, though Jeffries is
quoted as saying it was inspired by a Williams S. Burroughs novel).
In the process they somehow scored a contract with Capitol Records.
Legend has it that while at a New York party, hearing a particularly
crappy piece of music on the stereo Barth told a fellow guest
he hated the song - the fellow guest happened to be Steve Duboff
who had produced it. Rather than take offense at the comments,
Duboff invited Barth and company to audition for him.
They did and were rewarded with a $25K signing advance.
Luke Faust - Vocals, Guitar, Fiddle (The Holy Modal Rounders)
Nancy Jeffries - Vocals, Keyboards (The Solip Singers)
Bill Barth - Guitar (The Solip Singers)
Robert Palmer - Sax, Clarinet, Reeds (The Solip Singers)
Trevor Koehler - Reeds (Octopus)

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