The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band was a band formed in Los Angeles, California.
1965: The Rogues
In early 1965, Shaun Harris collaborated with Michael Lloyd in his newly formed band Thee Rogues, releasing the Harris-Lloyd composition "Wanted: Dead or Alive".
1966: The Laughing Wind
Shortly thereafter, with Danny Harris and drummer John Ware in the fold, Lloyd and Shaun changed their name to The Laughing Wind, which recorded the single "Good to Be Around" for Tower Records later that year.
1966—1968: The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band
Robert Markley, a wealthy law graduate and adopted son of an oil tycoon, proposed he would finance and secure a recording contract for The Laughing Wind, in exchange for his inclusion into the group.
Impressed and slightly seduced by the much older Markley's wealth and entourage, the band accepted his offer. The decision to record as The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band, rather than The Laughing Wind, was made by Markley, who envisioned the band as a west coast counterpart to the Velvet Underground.
1970: Markley A Group
- Volume One (1966)
- Part 1 (1967)
- Vol. 2 (1967)
- Vol. 3: A Child's Guide to Good & Evil (1968)
- Where's My Daddy? (1969)
- Markley, A Group (1970) as Markley A Group
- Transparent Day (1986)
- The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band Companion (2011) with various artists including Bob Markley & Lucifer & the Peppermints