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Mark Tulin

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Mark Tulin
Tulin in 2009 performing with Spirits in the Sky
Tulin in 2009 performing with Spirits in the Sky
Background information
Born(1948-11-21)November 21, 1948
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
DiedFebruary 26, 2011(2011-02-26) (aged 62)
Avalon, California, U.S.
GenresRock, psychedelic rock, garage rock
Instrument(s)Bass guitar
Years active1965-2011

Mark Shalom Tulin (November 21, 1948 – February 26, 2011)[1] was an American bass guitarist who played with the psychedelic rock band The Electric Prunes.



Early life and career


Tulin was born on November 21, 1948, in Philadelphia,[2] to Jewish parents.[3]

In 1965, Tulin played in a band called the Sanctions, which became The Electric Prunes.[4] The band had hit singles with "I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)" and "Get Me To The World on Time". In particular the former is regarded by many critics as a defining song of the psychedelic and garage rock music.[citation needed] Tulin continued playing with the band until 1968. Later in 1970 the band split up.[citation needed]

In 1972, "I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)" appeared on the Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era, 1965–1968 compilation. This further raised the profile of The Electric Prunes.[citation needed]

Later career


In 1999, renewed interest in The Electric Prunes led to a reunion including Tulin. He remained a member until he died in 2011.

Tulin gained much mainstream attention in 2009 when it was announced that he was joining The Smashing Pumpkins front man Billy Corgan in the studio to demo songs for what would become the band's eighth full-length album Teargarden by Kaleidyscope.[5]

Tulin met Billy Corgan in 2008 when the latter was recording music with The Seeds front man Sky Saxon. In an interview with the band's official Web site, Tulin praised these sessions with the band saying they were times of "limitless possibility" and that the new music was "...interesting, innovative, and arresting."[6]

Mark Tulin—a middle-aged Caucasian male with long brown hair wearing a white shirt and black vest—plays bass guitar and smiles while Billy Corgan—a middle-aged Caucasian male wearing a dark green hat and red-and-black striped shirt with a brown jacket—plays electric guitar to his left.
Tulin performs on stage with Billy Corgan at a benefit concert for Sky Saxon.

Following the death of Sky Saxon in June 2009, Tulin took part in Corgan's tribute band Spirits in the Sky which played a show on July 24, 2009.[7]

Following the success of the show, Corgan had the band play a small tour of extremely small venues in California in August 2009. These shows included Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro on guitar with Corgan, as well as many of The Smashing Pumpkins' longtime collaborators. In November 2009, Tulin played in the band The Backwards Clock Society with Billy Corgan and longtime Smashing Pumpkins collaborator Kerry Brown to raise money for an injured friend of Corgan.[citation needed]

In March 2010, following the departure of Smashing Pumpkins touring bassist Ginger Pooley to raise her newborn infant, Tulin was announced as a temporary live bassist until a permanent replacement could be found.[8] During this time, Tulin played his only full-length show with The Smashing Pumpkins on April 17, 2010, in celebration of Record Store Day. A few days later, Tulin played "Widow Wake My Mind" with the band on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. In May 2010, the band officially announced Nicole Fiorentino as the newest official member of the band.[9]

In an interview with Ultimate Guitar, Corgan confirmed that Tulin's bass parts were featured on the first EP of Teargarden by Kaleidyscope Volume 1: Songs for a Sailor.[10]

In late 2010, Tulin was recording and performing with The Electric Prunes, who were signed to independent label Starry Records started by Kerry Brown.[11]

In October 2010, he joined The Icons, aka The Psychedelic Garage Band, a group with other rock veterans. The final edit of the promo video they shot in January 2011 was very nearly completed at the time of his death.[citation needed]



On February 26, 2011, Tulin collapsed while helping out at the Avalon Underwater Clean-Up in Avalon, California. Baywatch Avalon and Avalon Fire Department medics responded immediately, but he could not be revived and was pronounced dead. He was 62 years old.[1]




Year Title Role Notes
1972 The Poseidon Adventure Bass Guitarist as Ship Sinks Uncredited, (final film role)


  1. ^ a b Woolsey, Julian (February 28, 2011). "Electric Prunes Bassist Mark Tulin Dead at 62". rockedition.com. Retrieved February 28, 2011.
  2. ^ "PASSINGS: Mark Tulin". Chicago Tribune. March 3, 2011. Retrieved September 20, 2020.
  3. ^ Pat Long (March 17, 2011). "Mark Tulin obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved September 20, 2020.
  4. ^ "The Electric Prunes Web Page".
  5. ^ "Corgan 'in a great mood', demoing new and fresh material"[permanent dead link], hipstersunited.com, March 26, 2009.
  6. ^ "Mark Tulin: These Sessions are about limitless possibilities"[permanent dead link], hipstersunited.com, April 16, 2009.
  7. ^ "Billy Corgan to lead Sky Saxon tribute band at the Echoplex on July 24"[permanent dead link], hipstersunited.com, April 16, 2009.
  8. ^ "The Smashing Pumpkins Announce Search for New Bassist and Keyboardist" Archived 2012-05-24 at the Wayback Machine, smashingpumpkins.com; accessed April 17, 2016.
  9. ^ "The Smashing Pumpkins Announce New Member, Bassist Nicole Fiorentino" Archived 2012-03-15 at the Wayback Machine, smashingpumpkins.com; accessed April 17, 2016.
  10. ^ "There Are Always More Riffs than Words" Archived 2014-10-27 at the Wayback Machine, ultimate-guitar.com; accessed April 17, 2016.
  11. ^ "The Electric Prunes", startone.us; accessed April 17, 2016.