Liner notes- DOO-DOOETTES (Live at the Brand)

Live at the Brand liner notes:

From the liner notes: “In March of 1975, Tom (Recchion) and Harold (Shroeder) rented a studio in an old building on Colorado Blvd., and began working under the name “The Two Who Do Duets.” “The Two” began with the purpose of establishing a common language of sounds and techniques which they could use to further explore their medium. In the fall of 1975, Juan (Gomez) was invited to join, thus creating the necessity to alter the name as it was now a trio. The old title was shortened to Doo Doo Ettes. In January of 1976, Dennis (Duck) joined and the quartet began preparing for its first live appearance, scheduled for January 30 above Poo-Bah record shop in Pasadena. They were joined by fellow members of the newly established Los Angeles Free Music Society: Le Forte Four and Ace and Deuce.
The concert proved to be a fairly successful first effort and, in February, L.A.F.M.S. began planning a second presentation for June. In the first part of that month, Fred (Nilsen), who had been playing informally with the Ettes for some time, became the fifth member and the quintet began composing and arranging material for the show. This is a record of the sound events which took place in the recital hall of the Brand Library on July 8, 1976.
“On July 8th, 1976, the Doo-Dooettes and Le Forte Four (as representatives of the L.A. Free Music Society) gave a performance at the Brand Art Center in Glendale, California. For their portion of the event, Le Forte Four tried to play back prerecorded tapes through 44 pyramid shaped headphones. Both the tapes and the headphones were specifically designed for the concert. The Doo-Dooettes played live.”

Biography (from

A solid backbeat was applied in the late ’70s to the free-form improvisations of Los Angeles-based noise/experimental group the Doo-Dooettes. Their improvised music provided the soundtrack for a film, Think Space, about the Viking space-age pop of 1975, while their 1978 single, “Picnic on a Frozen River,” a cover of a tune by German experimental rock band Faust, has been described as one of rock’s greatest lost singles. According to Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, the “unearthing of this recording is experimental rock history at its most historical and hysterical — a completely bizarre and further-out counterpart to the L.A. punk scene.” Their 1982 debut album, Free Rock, featured one lengthy improvisation, “Blueprint for the Shimmering Quivers of the Deep Purple Ultraviolent Tuning Fork.”

The origins of the the Doo-Dooettes trace back to a duo, the Two Who Do Duets, formed in March 1975 by electronic keyboardists Tom Recchion and Harold Schroeder. Expanded with the addition of Juan Gomez, the group was re-christened the Doo-Dooettes. Although they continued to grow, adding bassist Fredrick Nilsen and drummer Dennis Duck, their inability to break through commercially resulted in the loss of Schroeder, who relocated to Santa Monica. By the time they performed their final concert in the spring of 1984, they had been reduced to a duo featuring Recchion and Nilsen.

The Doo-Dooettes were founding members of the Los Angeles Free Music Society (LAFMS), a collective of experimental musicians that they formed with Le Forte Four. Their performance at an LAFMS concert shared with Le Forte Four at the Brand Liberty Recital Hall on July 8, 1976, was recorded and released on the album Live at the Brand.

Since the demise of the Doo-Dooettes, Recchion has remained active in music. He released a solo album, Chaotica, in 1996, featuring tracks recorded between 1985 and 1986, and has designed album covers for American Music Club, Jane’s Addiction, R. Kelly, Alanis Morissette, Prince, R.E.M., Joshua Redman, and Jonathan Richman. He continued to perform with Extended Organ, a free music project that also features Nilsen. ~ Craig Harris, Rovi


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