Bubble Puppy

Bubble Puppy

The group was formed in 1966 in San Antonio, Texas by Rod Prince and Roy Cox. Looking to form a "top gun rock band" based on the concept of dual lead guitars, a staple of southern rock that was highly unusual on the psychedelic music scene, Prince and Cox recruited Todd Potter; a gymnast, saxophone player and guitarist. With the addition of Danny Segovia, the original line up of Bubble Puppy was complete. The name "Bubble Puppy" was taken from "Centrifugal Bumble-Puppy", a fictitious children's game in Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. Bubble Puppy's live debut was as the opening act for The Who in San Antonio.
After several line-up changes, the final roster for Bubble Puppy settled at Rod Prince and Todd Potter on lead guitars, Roy Cox on bass guitar and David "Fuzzy" Fore on drums. In 1967, Bubble Puppy moved to Austin, Texas and signed a recording contract with Houston-based International Artists, home to the 13th Floor Elevators and the Red Krayola.
Bubble Puppy scored a Top-20 U.S. hit in 1969 with their single, "Hot Smoke & Sasafrass". The name was a misheard line lifted from an episode of "The Beverly Hillbillies". The single peaked at number 14 on the Billboard 100. The song was also covered internationally, by The Mooche in the UK.
In 1969, Bubble Puppy released their only full-length album, A Gathering of Promises. However, despite Bubble Puppy's early success with the "Hot Smoke & Sasafrass" single, they experienced numerous conflicts with International Artists, and parted ways with the label in 1970.
Signing Nick St. Nicholas of Steppenwolf as a manager, Bubble Puppy moved to Los Angeles. Their name was changed to Demian (9) (after Herman Hesse's 1919 novel, at the suggestion of their manager's wife); this was to avoid contractual difficulties with their previous record company but also because the former name appeared to link them with Bubblegum music.
The group signed to ABC-Dunhill Records and released one self-titled album in 1971, but its failure to perform on the charts led to financial difficulties with the label and, in 1972, the group split up.
The members of Bubble Puppy continued to be active in the music industry after the band's demise. Potter and Prince played with Sirius (13) through the late 1970s, and Fore drummed with the Texas punk rock band, D-Day, co-writing their cult hit, "Too Young to Date".
In 1984, the original Bubble Puppy lineup reunited for performances and recordings, released as the LP, Wheels Go Round.
Roy Cox founded The Blues Knights and issued a CD entitled "Before I Go" in 1999. He formed the NYC Outlaws in September 2007 in New York City, along with Tony Saracene on guitar, Dan Curley on guitar, Cody Willard on guitar, Evan Hammer on bass and Billy Brooks on drums.

Bubble Puppy Discography


Bubble Puppy A Gathering Of Promises (Album) International Artists US 1968 Sell This Version
Bubble Puppy Wheels Go Round (Album) One Big Guitar UK 1987 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Bubble Puppy What Do You See (Single) International Artists US 1969 Sell This Version
The Bubble Puppy* Days Of Our Time (Single) International Artists US 1969 Sell This Version
Bubble Puppy Beginning (Single) International Artists US 1969 Sell This Version
The Bubble Puppy* Hot Smoke & Sasafrass (Single) International Artists US 1969 Sell This Version
OBG 4534 The Music Machine / Bubble Puppy The Music Machine / Bubble Puppy - Talk Talk / Hot Smoke And Sassafrass(7", Single) Original Sound OBG 4534 US 1985 Sell This Version
COL 3962 Bubble Puppy / Red Crayola* Bubble Puppy / Red Crayola* - Hot Smoke And Sassafras / Hurricane Fighter Plane(7") Collectables COL 3962 US Unknown Sell This Version


BOD 133 Demian (9) / Bubble Puppy Demian (9) / Bubble Puppy - Demian / A Gathering Of Promises(CD, Comp) Buy Or Die Records BOD 133 Germany 2008 Sell This Version


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June 6, 2010
edited over 5 years ago
The above biography could use a little clarification -- Bubble Puppy featured two notable Corpus Christi musicians Rod Prince (Bad Seeds) and Roy Cox. Corpus Christi drummer David Fore joined a little later when the band moved to Austin. In essence, Todd Potter was the only non-Corpus musician in Bubble Puppy during the band's salad days. And so while the band coalesced in San Antonio, at its heart, BP is a product of the fertile 60s Corpus Christi scene.

See Greg Beets' article on the band in the Austin Chronicle:

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