Frumious Bandersnatch

From: Lafayette, CA, USA

Frumious Bandersnatch is often said to be one of the most underrated bands to emerge from the San Francisco Scene in the late 60s. Their sole EP is regarded as one of the better offerings of the period that should have found much greater success.

Originally known as All Night Flight, they changed their name in 1967 to Frumious Bandersnatch after a character in the Lewis Carroll poem ‘Jabberwocky’. Original members included Dave Denny (lead guitar, vocals), Jack King (drums, vocals), Brian Hough (bass) and George Tickner (guitar). Denny soon left the band for a brief period and was replaced by Kaja Doria (vocals) and Bret Wilmot (guitar). It was this lineup that first recorded the band’s material, including an early version of ‘Cheshire’. Nothing was officially issued at the time.

In 1968, Denny returned to the band and Hough and Tickner had been replaced by Ross Valory (bass) and Bobby Winkelman (guitar, vocals). They also added a second lead guitarist in Jimmy Warner. It was this lineup that recorded the classic EP. The record didn’t do well at all and it is said this was largely due to the fact the band had a terrible manager who blew their chances at getting a national contract. Instead, the record was released on their own Muggles Gramophone Works label, on purple vinyl.

Valory left the band in 1969 and was replaced by Jack Notestein (bass, vocals), but by the end of the year the group folded due to poor commercial success. The band did reform in 2002 and continue playing together to this day.

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From the 1968 EP Frumious Bandersnatch

  • Cheshire
  • Hearts To Cry
  • Misty Cloudy

From the compilation A Young Man’s Song

  • Medley: You Gotta Believe/Judgment Day [Live ’67, Straight Theater]
  • What Is A Bandersnatch? [Live ’67, Straight Theater]