The Open Mind (band)
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|The Open Mind|
1969 promotional material
|Also known as||The Drag Set|
|Genres||Psychedelic rock, freakbeat, garage rock|
Timothy du Feu
The band was formed in the mid 1960s by four musicians from Putney, South London. Initially named The Apaches formed by Tim du Feu, Mike Brancaccio and Philip Fox and their friend Ray Nye. Nye left in 1965 and another friend, Terry Schindler, joined instead. The band became The Drag Set, who released a little-known single in February 1967, "Day and Night" / "Get Out of My Way". Shortly thereafter, they changed their name to The Open Mind and in July 1969 released a self-titled LP which has since become a highly sought-after collectible. The band, however, is best known for its druggy August 1969 single, "Magic Potion", which did not appear on the album.
The Open Mind disbanded in 1973; its members wanted to move into jazz-influenced music, but The Open Mind was too well known as a psychedelic band. The band members (minus Phil Fox) went on to form Armada, which lasted about three years but did not release any recorded material.
Despite their paucity of recorded material, The Open Mind have proven to be influential in the psychedelic rock genre, their single "Magic Potion" having been covered by bands such as The Seers and Sun Dial.
- Mike Bran, a.k.a. Mike Brancaccio - guitar, vocals
- Timothy du Feu - bass guitar
- Philip Fox - drums
- Ray Nye - guitar, vocals
- Terry Martin, a.k.a. Terry Schindler - guitar, vocals
- "Horses And Chariots" / "Before My Time" (Philips BF 1790) May, 1969
- "Magic Potion" / "Cast A Spell" (Philips BF 1805) August, 1969
- The Drag Set
- "Day and Night" / "Get Out of My Way" 7" single (Go AJ 11405) May, 1967
- The Open Mind LP (Philips 7893) (July 1969)
- Jon Mills. "The Open Mind - Review". allmusic.com. Retrieved March 16, 2015.