Otherworld Cottage Industries Announces Current Travis Edward Pike Recordings and Airplay, Here and Abroad
Next week, Gary Schneider's "Open Mynd Excursion" will be a two-hour special introducing sixties rocker Travis Edward Pike to Luxuria Music fans. Pike, a native Bostonian, formed Travis Pike and the Boston Massacre in 1967, and was featured, along with The Rocking Ramrods, in that year's WRKO highly publicized Harbor Cruise. But the group changed its name from Travis Pike and the Boston Massacre to Travis Pike's Tea Party when the Cheetah Lounge in New York City refused to book them for fear of riots! Primarily a live-concert group, popular with college crowds, they were a featured act on campuses, in coffeehouses, in Boston's Psychedelic Supermarket, on a short-lived WBZ-TV show, and fifty year's later, on a full page in Kubernik's "1967: A Complete Rock Music History of the Summer of Love."
The one and only Travis Pike's Tea Party single, the Alma Records 1967 release of "If I Didn't Love You Girl" (flip side "The Likes of You"), never caught on Stateside, but in the nineties was featured in two separate overseas compilation albums. The first, "Sixties Rebellion, Volume 7 – The Backyard Patio" in 1994, put out by Way Back Records in Germany, was followed by the 1995 London Fog UK compilation, "Tougher Than Stains." Well, this year, it's back, appearing on "le beat bespoké 7," the latest album compiled by UK DeeJay Rob Bailey and released through Detour Records. Bailey will also be releasing a 45 rpm vinyl of the two-sided original Travis Pike's Tea Party single later this summer.
And the beat goes on! In 2016, Pike's restoration of a few music sequences from "Feelin' Good," the 1966 rock music movie for which he composed ten songs, was posted on YouTube. His "Watch Out Woman" and "The Way That I Need You," performances with the Brattle Street East, filmed in Boston on the banks of the Charles River, stunned sixties garage band music fans, and both songs were quickly picked up by State Records. The never-before-released recordings taken from the original motion picture optical track, will be released July 10th, and "Watch Out Woman" is already getting preview airplay in the UK.
And just in time for Memorial Day, Pike's "Don't You Care At All," composed shortly after the Viet Cong's failed Tet Offensive in 1968, first performed in California at Guru-V on Arrow Highway in Glendora, and finally recorded and released in his 2014 album, "Reconstructed Coffeehouse Blues" has now been released as a single and posted on YouTube, with an original simulated news broadcast introduction.