The Fugs Interpret Crowley’s Favorite Poet

This is a recording of “Swinburne Stomp” from The Fugs first album, aka “The Village Fugs.” The Fugs were a collective of poets, musicians, political rabble rousers and what have you operated out of New York’s East Village when that was a far from fashionable locale. Among their more notable achievements was performing an exorcism of the Pentagon and were advised by Harry Smith in the ritual’s construction. Harry Smith was a seminal avant-garde film maker, expressionist painter, amateur anthropologist, obsessive music collector Qabalist and ceremonial magician; he would later be ordained a Bishop of the Eccelsia Gnostica Catholica (if you read the book of folks talking ABOUT Harry, and Equinox III:10 you might notice some interesting coincidences — but you didn’t hear that from me).  Harry produced the Fugs debut album in 1965 long before he’d encountered any OTO members — though there is rumor that he was an A.’..’. initiate under Charles S. Jones (see Behutet Magazine, #6). Cover pic taken by my late friend David Gahr. On said album we find “Swinburne Stomp,” their interpretation of a portion of “Atalanta in Calydon” by Algernon Swinburne, a poet much beloved of the Prophet of the Lovely Star. In fact, literary critics of Crowley’s work damned with faint praise noting what a close approximation of the former’s work young Aleister yielded in his published works (in their estimation). Here’s their performance:

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