The Fugs

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The Fugs were a band formed in New York City in 1965 by Ed Sanders and Tuli Kupferberg, with Ken Weaver on drums. Later that year they were joined by Peter Stampfel and Steve Weber of The Holy Modal Rounders.

The band was named by Kupferberg who borrowed it from the euphemistic substitute for the word “fuck” famously used in Norman Mailer’s novel, The Naked and the Dead. Incidentally, the band is featured in a chapter of Mailer’s book, Armies of the Night as they play at the 1967 march on the Pentagon in protest of the Vietnam War (with Scott Rashap on upright bass).

The Fugs were a satirical and self-satirizing rock band that performed at protests against the Vietnam War nationwide. Their 1968 Transatlantic Records album It Crawled Into My Hand, Honest (TRA 181) also helped to make them more widely known on the European side of the Atlantic. This album (minus LP artwork, of course) can also be found as tracks 11 to 30 on Electromagnetic Steamboat. The band’s frank lyrics about sex, drugs and politics aroused a hostile reaction in some quarters and enthusiastic interest in others. One of their better known songs was an adaptation of Matthew Arnold’s poem, Dover Beach. Another was a William Blake poem.

The Fugs played their “final” concert of the 1960s in 1969 at the Hersheypark Arena in Hershey, Pennsylvania with the Grateful Dead.

The band (minus Weaver, plus Rashap) reunited in 1984, with several performances at the Bottom Line in New York.

A reunited Fugs toured in the fall of 2004, with Josh Lieberman on glass harmonica, in several Chicago performances.
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The Fugs - Sing Ballads Of Contemporary Protest, Point Of Views, And General Dissatisfaction album art The Village Fugs* Sing Ballads Of Contemporary Protest, Point Of Views, And General Dissatisfaction (Album) Broadside Records US 1965 Sell This Version
The Fugs - The Fugs album art The Fugs The Fugs (Album) ESP Disk US 1966 Sell This Version
The Fugs - Tenderness Junction album art The Fugs Tenderness Junction (Album) Reprise Records, Reprise Records Germany 1967 Sell This Version
The Fugs - Virgin Fugs album art Virgin Fugs* Virgin Fugs (Album) ESP Disk UK 1967 Sell This Version
The Fugs - It Crawled Into My Hand, Honest album art The Fugs It Crawled Into My Hand, Honest (Album, EP) Reprise Records, Reprise Records US 1968 Sell This Version
The Fugs - The Belle Of Avenue A album art The Fugs The Belle Of Avenue A (Album) Reprise Records Germany 1969 Sell This Version
The Fugs - Golden Filth album art The Fugs Golden Filth (Album) Reprise Records US 1970 Sell This Version
DOC 5009 The Fugs - Baskets Of Love album art The Fugs Baskets Of Love(LP) Olufsen Records DOC 5009 Denmark 1984 Sell This Version
The Fugs - Refuse To Be Burnt-Out album art The Fugs Refuse To Be Burnt-Out (Album) New Rose Records, New Rose Records France 1985 Sell This Version
The Fugs - No More Slavery album art The Fugs No More Slavery (Album) New Rose Records, New Rose Records France 1986 Sell This Version
The Fugs - Star Peace - A Musical Drama In Three Acts album art The Fugs Star Peace - A Musical Drama In Three Acts (Album) New Rose Records France 1987 Sell This Version
GPCD 2003 The Fugs - Songs From A Portable Forest album art The Fugs Songs From A Portable Forest(CD, Album) Gazell (2) GPCD 2003 US 1990 Sell This Version
M M 4 The Fugs - Live In Woodstock album art The Fugs Live In Woodstock(CD, Album) MUSIK/MUSIK M M 4 Sweden 1993 Sell This Version
CDWIKD 125 The Fugs - Live From The 60s album art The Fugs Live From The 60s(CD) Fugs Records CDWIKD 125 UK 1994 Sell This Version
CDWIK2 160 The Fugs - The Real Woodstock Festival album art The Fugs The Real Woodstock Festival(2xCD) Big Beat Records CDWIK2 160 UK 1995 Sell This Version
The Fugs - The Fugs Final CD (Part 1) album art The Fugs The Fugs Final CD (Part 1) (Album) Artemis Records UK 2003 Sell This Version
ARTCD-197 The Fugs - The Fugs/Firesign Theatre Sampler album art The Fugs & Firesign Theatre* The Fugs & Firesign Theatre* - The Fugs/Firesign Theatre Sampler(CD, Promo, Smplr) Artemis Records ARTCD-197 US 2003 Sell This Version
KRM 1160 The Fugs - Be Free (Final CD Part 2) album art The Fugs Be Free (Final CD Part 2)(CD, Album) Fugs Records KRM 1160 US 2010 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

BB 31873 The Fugs - Morning, Morning album art The Fugs Morning, Morning(7", Single) Bluebell Records BB 31873 Italy 1966 Sell This Version
4507 The Fugs - Frenzy album art Fugs* Frenzy(7", Single) ESP Disk 4507 US 1966 Sell This Version
4508 The Fugs - Kill For Peace album art The Fugs Kill For Peace(7", Single) ESP Disk 4508 US 1966 Sell This Version
The Fugs - Crystal Liaison album art The Fugs Crystal Liaison (Single) Big T UK 1968 Sell This Version
PRO 348 The Fugs - Radio Spots For "The Belle Of Avenue A" album art The Fugs Radio Spots For "The Belle Of Avenue A"(7", Promo) Reprise Records PRO 348 US 1969 Sell This Version
PRO 411 The Fugs - Radio Spot For Golden Filth  album art The Fugs Radio Spot For Golden Filth (7", Single, Mono, Promo) Reprise Records PRO 411 US 1970 Sell This Version

Compilations

ESP-2018 The Fugs - Fugs 4, Rounders Score album art The Fugs, The Holy Modal Rounders The Fugs, The Holy Modal Rounders - Fugs 4, Rounders Score(LP, Comp) ESP Disk ESP-2018 US 1975 Sell This Version

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March 27, 2020
You have to be blind or deaf (or both) not to like The Fugs. Apart from issues of personal taste,the Fugs contribution in what we call counter-culture is of great importance and the presence of artist/thinkers like Ed Sanders and Tuli Kupfenberg can only produce mind-blowing results.Being at the core of 60's rock counter-cultrure means that they were one of the groups of people who catapulted rock into a force against authority. Even though those powers pretty soon withered, we must always remember the people who-even for a glance-stood against the powers of oppression. The Fugs were certainly among those people.

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