In Gravity's Rainbow,
a group called The Fool in which Slothrop plays is described (GR, Viking, 742),
posed "in the arrogant style of the early Stones, near an old rocket-bomb site"
(742). In fact, a real band called "Fool" did exist in the late 60's. They
produced one album called Fool in 1969 (Mercury) which was produced by none other
than Graham Nash, the major force behind both the Hollies and Crosby, Stills & Nash.
The group was comprised of Barry Finch, Marijke Koger, Josje Leeger, and the oddly named
Simone Posthuma. There is also an unidentified harmonica player on the album. Hmmm. . . .
The album cover is covered with Tarot imagery and the most interesting track (No. 3) is
called "Rainbow Man." We can only assume that the group was referring to the
mystical end of Slothrop himself and were unable to get "Rainbow Cock" past the
censors. . . .
Thanks to the kindness of a
Spermatikos Logos visitor, we can provide scans of the Fool's LP:
"When I see the reference in Gravity's Rainbow
to The Fool (obviously in part a Tarot Reference)
I can't help but think of the Architypical 60's artists/illustrators
"The Fool" noted briefly in your list. In
addition to the LP you listed, they also painted the
cover to the "Incredible String Band's" classic
LP "The 5000 spirits or the layers of the onion."
They also painted the infamous mural that illustrated
the side wall of the Beatle's "Apple Boutique"
and did day to day operations within the Boutique, in
the process running it into the ground. Insofar as these
people were insiders to states of high weirdness within
the sixties scene, I find these particular details relevant."
Famous New York performance artist Laurie Anderson
dedicated a song to Pynchon on her Mister
Believe it or not, she named a final album Gravity's
English hard rockers from Liverpool, they took
their name from a character in V.
Reggae influenced artist putting Pynchon's lyrics
An avant garde German group used Gravity's
Rainbow to tell a different tale.
The man who was the infamous stand-in
for Thomas Ruggles Pynchon.
They recorded Maxwell's Demon Box on
their album, Days Between Stations.
Another rendition of music devoted to the
Demon, and much more.
An long-time friend of Pynchon, this folkie named
an instrumental work after a Pynchon novel.
A New Jersey band sets a selection from V.
to music on their album Color Out of Space
Surely not Slothrop's band, this was a short lived
group which did, in fact, have a harmonica player.
Independent, highly experimental rockers and Pynchon
fans from the American South.
An instrumental pair with a piece called The Kirghiz
An early 90's band influenced by Pynchon, they
named a song Roger Mexico.
This jazzy, psychedelic group mined V.
for lyrics to The Eyes of a New York Woman.
AKA Pat Fish, who named a track Looking for
Lot 49 on his Fishcoteque album.
Pynchon himself wrote the liner notes for Spiked!
Mark. The Sultan of Swing sails to Philadelphia!
Weilding the Sjambok never felt so good!
This now retired hardcore outfit hailed from the
hometown of Spermatikos Logos' own Laurence
Indie NYC rockers named after Pynchon's second
A New York group whose liner notes were penned
by the Man himself.
A visit to San Narciso.
Wasthe famous tune Smells Like Teen
Spirit acutally inspired by a song from Gravity's
A "Rock Opera" filled with references
to Gravity's Rainbow.
Musical meditations on Eight Facts About
Ride The Rocket with the former frontman
of The Cars.
David Thomas' legendary, seminal band shows some
These literate Indies hail from Flordia, and have
a song about Wanda Tinasky which is highly recomm-ended!
This group from Champaign, Illinois, covers a
lot of Pynchon ground!
English art-rockers who incorporate many Pynchon
motifs into their work.
An offshoot of Zoviet France, Robin Storey's
group named Rapoon released an album
called The Kirghiz Light.
& Dietrich, Moore.
More liner notes written by Pynchon !!
Indie electro-rock futurists Six Finger Satellite
make a reference to Gravity's Rainbow.
Seminal "proggies," they recorded a
full-scale work called Esther's Nose Job
In memory of "the evil Spock," they
do homage to V.
A California metal group with a name taken from
Pynchon scholar, Web master, and MIDI Musician.
Sick Crew, The.
Purveyors of pirate folk-punk, truly a gang like
their Pynchon namesakes.
F. Thorendal, from praised thrash-heroes Meshuggah,
gets one in for the Vikings.
Making music indebted to The Crying of Lot
Related to New York's Lot 49, ths Florida
group also takes their name from Pynchon's work.
He recently released an album containing work
inspired by Pynchon.