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Flo and Eddie

“Then he went to Mexico, with $40K and the bass player’s wife.”

Since we’ve been talking a lot lately about managers and agents and their role in the story of the Beatles, I thought I’d post this so-sad-it’s-funny video done in 1990 by Flo and Eddie, the founders of The Turtles.

As the Fabs discovered, this kind of thing makes it much, much harder to create, and no band — no matter how touched with genius — survives for long under these conditions. This is why I endlessly sing the praises of Mister Brian Epstein.

This from Flo and Eddie’s Wikipedia page: “After the Turtles dissolved, Volman and Kaylan first joined the Mothers of Invention as Phlorescent Leech & Eddie. Due to contractual restrictions made early in their career, Volman and Kaylan were prevented from using the name ‘the Turtles’, as well as their own names in a musical context.”

Unpronounceable symbols, guys! That’s the ticket.