Fun and Games


Band members               Related acts

- Joe Dugan - vocals, keyboards
- Carson Graham - vocals, drums
- Sam Irwin - vocals, woodwinds
- Joe Romano - vocals, bass
- Rock Romano - vocal, guitar, horns
- Paul Guille - vocals, guitar

 

 

- A-440 (Rock Romano)
- The Fun and Games Commission
- The Six Pents (Rock Romano)

 


 

Genre: pop

Rating: *** (3 stars)

Title:  Elephant Candy

Company: Uni

Catalog: 73042

Year: 1968

State/Country: Houston, Texas

Grade (cover/record): VG/VG

Comments: --

Available: 1

GEMM Catalog ID: not listed yet

Price: $35.00

 

Originally known as The Fun and Games Commission (see separate entry), this Houston, Texas based outfit featured the talents of keyboardist Joe Dugan, drummer Carson Graham, woodwind player Sam Irwin, bassist Joe Romano, singer/guitarist Rock Romano and guitarist Paul Guille. A contract with Mainstream Records saw the release of an obscure 1967 single "Today-Tomorrow" b/w "Someone Must Have Lied To You." 

Following a name change, the sextet reappeared on MCA's Uni subsidiary. Released in 1967, "Elephant Candy" teamed the band with producer Gary Zekley (who also co-wrote seven out of 11 tracks). Musically the set was a curiosity. Featuring Zekley material, the first side was a major disappointment. While Romano has a decent voice, material such as "Sadie," "Close To Carmel," "Topanga Canyon Road" and a nauseating cover of The Beach Boys' "Don't Worry Baby" offered up a bland set of MOR pop-rock. Imagine The Association after a couple of beers an you've pretty much captured their act. Released as a single the cloying "The Grooviest Girl In the World" b/w "It Must Have Been the Wind" managed to crash the top-100 charts. Ironically, the two originals "Something I Wrote" and "The Way She Smiles" were among the best efforts. 

"Elephant Candy" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) Sadie (Gary Zekley - M. Bottler) - 2:37
2.) The Grooviest Girl In the World (Gary Zekley - M. Bottler) - 2:50
3.) Close To Carmel (Gary Zekley - M. Bottler) - 2:42
4.) Topanga Canyon Road (Gary Zekley - M. Bottler) - 3:14
5.) Tuesday, Tuesday (Gary Zekley - M. Bottler) - 2:45

(side 2)

1.) Gotta Say Goodbye (Gary Zekley - M. Bottler) - 2:02
2.) Don't Worry Baby (R. Christian - Brian Wilson) - 2:15
3.) Elephant Candy (Gary Zekley - M. Bottler) - 2:22
4.) Something I Wrote (Joe Romano) - 2:47
5.) The Way She Smiles (Rock Romano) - 2:18

 


11.) It Must Have Been the Wind (B. Brogan) - 2:12

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