Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Bubble Puppy: Hot Smoke and Sassafras

For One-Hit Wonder Wednesday, here’s a little psychedelia from 1969 with the little known Texas band “Bubble Puppy.” It is said that they took their name from a game in Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World” known as “Centrifugal Bumble-Puppy.” By the time “Hot Smoke and Sassafras” hit the charts, the band was a four piece with Rod Prince and Todd Potter on guitars, David Fore on drums, and Roy Cox on bass.

“Hot Smoke and Sassafras” was a mondegreen of a phrase the band heard on “The Beverly Hillbillies.” The single, released in Houston based International Artists label, charted at #14. Their name on the label of several singles was miscredited as “The” Bubble Puppy. Under the advice of new management, “Bubble Puppy” rebranded as Demian, but had little success under that moniker and never achieved the heights of “Hot Smoke and Sassafras.”

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  1. And Bubble Puppy is back! They reunited last year and won several awards in Texas. for the latest news. and best yet, chat with members of the band on FB at Bubble Puppy 2012 -!/groups/353505441394773/
    they also have an upcoming show on Oct 27th at Threadgill's, Austin. Come on down and relive the 60's with a great band!

  2. What does the millennial generation have to do with the future of Cat names in America? A lot apparently. The American Vetrinary Medical Association (AVMA) has recently released a report about their predictions for how the next generation will cause a decline in pet ownership. They regularly study generational effects on their industry.

  3. Would've been nice if we could hear this tune in Canada.