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The Balloon Farm

Psych-punk quartet the Balloon Farm remain best remembered for their sole Top 40 hit, "A Question of Temperature." Bandmembers Mike Appel, Don Henny, Ed Schnug, and Jay Saks first teamed up in 1966 as Adam, signing to Mala to issue the little-noticed single "Eve." Upon adopting the Balloon Farm moniker in tribute to a New York City nightclub, the New Jersey-based group inked a new deal with Laurie Records, issuing "A Question of Temperature" at the tail end of 1967. A fuzz-punk classic much loved by garage-psych aficionados, the single also proved a commercial success, cracking the U.S. Top 40 in February 1968. Decades later, it was immortalized via the genre-defining box set Nuggets. However, the Balloon Farm's follow-up, "Hurry Up Sundown," tanked, and Laurie terminated their contract before a planned full-length LP was completed. At year's end the foursome resurfaced with yet another name, Huck Finn, releasing "Two of a Kind" on Kapp -- when it too failed to generate radio or retail interest, the group dissolved for good. Appel later returned to the charts writing the Partridge Family hit "Doesn't Somebody Want to Be Wanted." He also earned recognition managing the early career of fellow Jersey rocker Bruce Springsteen. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Track List: Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From The First Psychedelic Era

Disc 1

1. I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)

2. Dirty Water

3. Night Time

4. Lies

5. Respect

7. No Time Like The Right Time

8. Oh Yeah

10. Moulty

11. Don't Look Back

12. An Invitation To Cry

13. Liar, Liar

14. You're Gonna Miss Me

15. Psychotic Reaction

17. Romeo And Juliet

18. Sugar And Spice

19. Baby Please Don't Go

20. Tobacco Road

21. Let's Talk About Girls

22. Sit Down I Think I Love You

24. My World Fell Down

25. Open My Eyes

26. Farmer John

Disc 2

1. Talk Talk

2. Last Time Around

3. Nobody But Me

4. Journey To Tyme

5. No Friend Of Mine

6. Outside Chance

7. Action Woman

9. Sweet Young Thing

10. Incense And Peppermints

11. I Ain't No Miracle Worker

12. 7 & 7 Is

14. Going All The Way

15. I'm Gonna Make You Mine

16. The Trip

18. Why Do I Cry

19. Laugh, Laugh

21. I Wonder

22. I See The Light

23. Who Do You Love

24. Double Shot (Of My Baby's Love)

25. Live

26. Steppin' Out

28. Strychnine

29. Little Girl

30. (We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet

31. Shape Of Things To Come

Disc 3

1. Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out)

3. At The River's Edge

5. Follow Me

8. She's About A Mover

9. Little Bit O' Soul

10. Put The Clock Back On The Wall

12. Run, Run, Run

13. I Need You

14. Knock, Knock

15. Primitive

16. Psycho

17. So What!!

18. You Must Be A Witch

19. A Question Of Temperature

20. Maid Of Sugar - Maid Of Spice

21. You Ain't Tuff

22. Sometimes Good Guys Don't Wear White

23. She's My Baby

24. Story Of My Life

25. I'm Five Years Ahead Of My Time

27. Bad Little Woman

28. Double Yellow Line

29. Optical Sound

30. Journey To The Center Of The Mind

Disc 4

1. Are You Gonna Be There (At The Love-In)?

4. Are You A Boy Or Are You A Girl

5. Wooly Bully

6. I Want Candy

8. One Track Mind

9. Out Of Our Tree

10. I Think I'm Down

13. Johnny Was A Good Boy

14. Stop - Get A Ticket

16. The Witch

17. Get Me To The World On Time

20. Just Like Me

22. I Live In The Springtime

23. Mindrocker

25. Love's Gone Bad

26. Why Pick On Me

27. Bad Girl

30. Blue's Theme

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