The Brothers Cain

From: Los Angeles, CA, USA

The Brothers Cain are thought to be the studio based duo Howard and Matt Maurer, a comedy act that recorded a handful of singles in the mid-late 60s. Some of their songs are listed on the BMI under their real names and others under Howard Cain and Matt Cain, or The Brothers Cain.

In September 1967 the brothers released the single “Pupil Alexander” / “Better Times.” “Pupil Alexander” is a quirky little song that manages to stick with you after repeated listens. The song was written by the Marmelzat-Proffer songwriting team who achieved success in the 70s working with Tina Turner.

The flip side was the sunshine pop “Better Times,” written by Curt Boettcher and Lee Mallory. The Association also recorded the song in 1967, but wasn’t released until 2002 on the Just The Right Sound” collection.

The Brothers Cain were more than likely a studio based outfit from Los Angeles with strong links to Curt Boettcher. The latter co-wrote “Better Times” with Lee Mallory, it’s a sunshine pop nugget with brass, in other words a typical Boettcher effort.

Artist Info: Opulent Conceptions blog, 45cat

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Tracks played on Psychedelicized…

  • Pupil Alexander (Acta 45-810) – 1967