Crocheted Doughnut Ring

From: United Kingdom

One of the stranger band names to come out of the psychedelic era, The Crocheted Doughnut Ring came from the ashes of Force Five and The Fingers, both of which were managed by legendary British producer Peter Eden. Eden christened the band Crocheted Doughnut Ring after a Peter Blake pop-art collage. He also pseudonymously wrote their debut single “Two Little Ladies.”

Coming together in 1967, the band initially consisted of Richard Mills (guitar, vocals), Brett Pulham (lead guitar), John Chapel (keyboards), George Bird (bass), and Dave Skates (drums). “Two Ladies” was released on Polydor who rush-released the single, and as a result, neglected to sign the band to any contract. The single lacked a B-side, so Eden took the backing track, experimented with different techniques like phasing and crossfading, and came up with the song “Nice.” This was then presented to Polydor as the B-side for “Two Little Ladies.” The single was released in October 1967. Pirate radio stations decided to flip the single and play “Nice” instead, however the song was deemed “too far out” to play on the newly-formed Radio One.

Peter Eden went to work for Decca’s satellite label, Deram, and he brought The Crocheted Doughnut Ring with him. Over the next year, the band issued three more singles (one under the moniker Doughnut Ring), all of which were ignored in England. “Happy Castle” became a minor hit in Japan. “Get Out Your Rock And Roll Shoes” can be found on the U-Spaces: Psychedelic Archaeology compilation. The band called it quits in early 1969, with some of the members going onto form the offshoot band River. Decca decided to turn down the band, and they fell apart as quickly as they formed.

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From the 1968 single “Maxine’s Parlour”
Crocheted Doughnut Ring

  • Get Out Your Rock And Roll Shoes