The Lollipop Shoppe was an underrated psychedelic rock band that formed as the Weeds in Las Vegas, Nevada in 1965, led by the gifted vocalist, musician and songwriter Fred Cole. Cole is a legendary figure among punks, psych heads and garage rockers, some of whom are more likely to have heard the bands he and his wife Toody have led in the past three decades—The Rats, Dead Moon, and Pierced Arrows—than Cole’s first recordings.
Fred Cole started playing in bands at the age of 13. The first of his bands to release a record was the Lords, formed in Las Vegas, Nevada, where they often played at the Teenbeat Club. The Lords split after releasing their only single “Ain’t Got No Self Respect” (Tell 1964); following the breakup,... Read More