The Baroques

The BaroquesFrom: Milwaukee, WI, USA

They were one of the first psychedelic bands from the Milwaukee area and originally called the Complete Unknowns until they changed their name to the Baroques in 1966. When playing live, they would dress in baroque outfits and feature a white, pot-bellied stove on stage that contained the controls for their light show…looooney! Members of the group included Jay Borkenhagen (guitar, keyboards, lead vocals), Jacques Hutchinson (guitar, vocals), Rick Bieniewski (base), Dean Nimmer (drums).

They released one self-titled LP and one single on the Chess label in 1967. Because of conflicting interests with their record company, they eventually left Chess and in 1968 released a final single on their own ‘Barouque’ label. After only receiving regional success, they finally split in late ’68. Most of their songs, penned by Borkenhagen, are very original and contain a haunting vibe with high, wining vocals and excellent dual guitar work.

Artist information sources include: The book, ‘Fuzz, Acid, and Flowers Revisited’ by Vernon Joynson.

Tracks played on Psychedelicized…

Original LPs/EPs…

The Baroques – 1967
The Baroques - The Baroques [Original]-1

  • Iowa, A Girl’s Name
  • Musical Tribute To The Oscar Meyer Weiner Mobile
  • Purple Day