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The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band

The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band

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Status: Inactive
Origin: Los Angeles, California
Current Home:
Genre: RockPsychedelic Rock
Years Active: 1965-1970
Labels: FiFo • Reprise • Amos • Forward
Associated Acts: Bob MarkleyThe CorvettesLucifer & the PeppermintsMichael Nesmith & the First National Band • Beast • Boystown • Brigadune • California Spectrum • The Chattanooga Cats • Cotton • Dennis Lambert & Brian Potter • The Electric Prunes • Lloyd & Christian • The New Dimensions • Raw Edge • Rockit • Shaun Harris • The Smoke • The Snowmen • Sugarloaf • Super Band • Three Dog Night
Other Names: The Laughing Wind • Markley A Group • The Rogues


Current Members:
Former Members:
  • Robert Markley — Vocals, Tambourine
  • Danny Harris — Guitar, Vocals
  • Michael Lloyd — Guitar, Vocals
  • Ron Morgan — Guitar, Sitar, Vocals
  • Shaun Harris — Bass, Vocals
  • John A. Ware — Drums
Live Members:
Former Live Members:



The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band was a band formed in Los Angeles, California.

1965: The Rogues[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

They changed their name briefly to Markley A Group, releasing the album Markley, A Group. The group could no longer cope with Markley's erratic behavior and disbanded soon after the album's release.



Studio Albums: 6
Live Albums:
Remix Albums:
Compilations: 1
Other Appearances:


Studio Albums[edit]

Compilation Albums[edit]

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