The-Fe-Fi-Four Plus 2

From: Albuquerque, NM, USA

The Fe-Fi-Four Plus 2 were an American garage rock band formed in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1966. The band was considered a forerunner in the psychedelic rock genre with their inventive vocal arrangements and fuzz-toned guitar melodies. They also released what is commonly agreed by music historians as the first psychedelic single by a native New Mexican group, with their debut “I Wanna Come Back (From The World Of LSD).”

Forming in 1966, the band was originally known as the Playmates, and included Victor Roybal (organ), Eddie Roybal (drums), Mike Layden (lead guitar), Joe Abeyta (rhythm guitar, backing vocals), and Ernie Gonze (bass). The band soon recruited Danny Houlihan (lead vocals), and replaced Abeyta with Eddie James, who already had experience playing with the Champs. After adding two members, the Playmates decided to change their name. It was suggested by Houlihan to rechristen the group the Fe-Fi-Fo-Fum, referencing the phrase said by the giant in the fairy tale “Jack and the Beanstalk.” The group soon agreed upon the Fe-Fi-Four Plus 2, equating to the total number of band members.

The band began performing around New Mexico, developing a strong following. They hired Tommy Bee as their manager in the process, and Bee arranged a recording contract with Lance Records. The Fe-Fi-Four Plus 2 were guided through the recording process with producer Norman Petty who had past success with Buddy Holly and the Fireballs. The band entered the studio in 1966 to record Houlihan’s “I Wanna Come Back (From The World of LSD)”, a song about an individual struggling to escape the horrors of a bad LSD trip. The song has all the elements of early psychedelic rock with its bone-chilling wails and distorted guitar melodies. The single was released in 1967 with “Double-Crossin’ Girl” on the B-side. Original pressings of the record printed the tag line “(From The World Of LSD)”, until distributors requested its removal. The single’s regional success prompted Polydor Records to issue it in Europe.

In mid-1967, Fe-Fi-Four Plus 2 recorded their follow-up single, “Mr. Sweet Stuff”, on the small Odex label. Odex did not advertise Fe-Fi-Four Plus 2 very much, and, as a result of the draft decimating the lineup, the group disbanded in 1968.

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Tracks played on Psychedelicized…

From the 1967 single Odex DR-1042

  • Mr. Sweet Stuff