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Happy weekend everybody! As I sit here with my cup of coffee and thumb thru some old records I ran across this one that was a huge favorite of my uncle’s. He was in a great rock & roll band in Spokane, Wa back in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s and Uncle Greg was the one who turned me onto blacklight posters, loud music, santana and really cool music.

This was a great psychedelic record from 1967.

The Balloon Farm was a band from New Jersey, which took its name from a New York City nightclub. The members of the band, first played together in a band called Adam, Adam’s gimmick was that all four members of the group adopted the first name “Adam”.They were probably not the first to use this idea, but they were far from the last; a similar ruse would be used by other bands, including The Donnas.

After adopting the name The Balloon Farm, the band’s first single was “A Question of Temperature,” which was released late in 1967.First pressings of the 45 rpm single contained a typographical error that rendered the title as “A Question of Tempature”. The single reached a peak of #37 on the Billboard Hot 100,and in the years since has become something of a garage-psych classic.

 

Later in 1968, the Balloon Farm re-surfaced with yet another new name, Huck Finn, and one single on the Kapp label, “Two of a Kind”. After that, the band broke up.

Two people involved with the hit “A Question of Temperature” gained greater fame in the 1970s. Schekeryk would become Melanie’s manager and husband. Mike Appel, after co-writing “Doesn’t Somebody Want to Be Wanted” and several LP cuts for The Partridge Family, would become the first manager of a young singer-songwriter named Bruce Springsteen

This was a cool video of the song that somebody put together on Youtube. I thought it had a cool psychedelic theme to go with the record so enjoy this psychedelic snack in Bear’s Vinyl Vault!

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