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Title The Insect Trust. The Insect Trust. Capitol Records, New York, [1968]. SKAO 109.
Object Name Record, Phonograph
Catalog Number 2007.003.0042
Collection Hoboken Theater & Performing Arts Collection
Credit Museum Purchase.
Description The Insect Trust. The Insect Trust. Capitol Records, New York, [1968]. SKAO 109. 12" 33 rpm stereo record with issued album sleeve.

First of only two records issued by this group. Band members: Luke Faust, Trevor Koehler, Robert (Bob) Palmer, Nancy Jeffries, Bill Barth (died 2000, but who is quoted on a page at a tribute website, 2007: "The name "Insect Trust" came from the Insect Trust Gazette, a poetry journal published by Bill Levy when he was in college. Levy took the name from Burroughs, his friend Warren Gardner gave it to us.")
Date 1968-1968
Year Range from 1968.0
Year Range to 1968.0
People Faust, Luke
Koehler, Trevor
Palmer, Robert
Jeffries, Nancy
Barth, Bill
Search Terms Insect Trust, The (band)
Caption front
Notes From Apple I-Tunes site, 2007:

Band founded in 1966; disbanded 1970.

Biography by John Dougan

One of the more interesting one-shot bands in rock & roll, the Insect Trust's most famous member was writer/critic/ethnomusicologist Robert Palmer, who played alto sax and clarinet. Less famous, but still a notable member, was guitarist/songwriter Luke Faust, who went on to add creative input for the Holy Modal Rounders' string of wonderful early- to mid-'70s records. The Insect Trust released two albums, their self-titled 1968 debut on Capitol, and their second and final LP, Hoboken Saturday Night. Along with the loose-limbed music, Hoboken Saturday Night features musical contributions by heavy hitters (no pun intended) such as drummers Elvin Jones and Bernard "Pretty" Purdie, guitarist Hugh McCracken, and novelist Thomas Pynchon. The music ranges from surreal folk-rock (à la the Holy Modal Rounders and Fugs), to Booker T.-like pop-soul, to flat-out free jazz. Decades after its release, Hoboken Saturday Night sounds a bit dated, but its charm is irresistible, especially when Nancy Jefferies sings and the band cranks up its raucous onslaught of reeds and percussion. Never intended to be a traditional pop act, the Insect Trust should be best remembered for extending rock's boundaries and taking the genre to a much hipper level without resorting to a lot of banal technique. Good luck locating their records.

Classification Music
Cultural Activities