THE PILGRIMAGE - Bad Apple


























THE PILGRIMAGE - 'Bad Apple'/'You Satisfy Me' (Mercury 72631) Nov 1967

Essential two sided 45 from an obscure act from Long Island, New York.
Mercury Records appear to have had some faith in The Pilgrimage with a full page colour advert for this release in a November '67 edition of Billboard. It's a shame that no one cared because the record bombed.

The red label stock copy doesn't exactly grow on trees either, most copies I've seen are the white label promos, surely an indication that the release was not widely distributed.

'Bad Apple' starts off with some pounding drum action, the kind of primitive beat that almost makes me wanna jump outta the window in search for some skulls to crack open. The singer handles lead vocals with assurance and the guitar and organ parts colour the garage noise.
The song was written by the songwriting team of Burton & Sawyer. Their most famous song is 'I Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore' recorded by The Young Rascals and numerous other 60s groups. Lori Burton also released her own records on Mercury. Also check out 'Nightmare' by The Whyte Boots.



























THE PILGRIMAGE - Bad Apple

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  1. Great!!! One ofmy all time favorites. I'd like to get my hands on a copy of this one.....

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  2. The band was from New Jersey and was the inspiration for a bunch of imitators... Like the Vanilla Fudge who ripped them off and their arrangements. The fudge would come and watch their act as they all knew each other. Some of the members are still active musicians like Tom Pergola and his band called Burn out in Los Angeles. Originally called The Pilgrims until Mercury ran into some copyright hassles and changed their name. Great live act with perfect timing and stage presence.

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  3. After RICK MARTIN and the SHOWMEN broke up, 2 very distinct bands formed, the PIDGEONS, and the BOSS-MEN. Tom Pergola was in the BOSS-MEN with Pat Portfolio (organ), Alan Hecht (sax), Jimmy Principe (sax), Dick Watson (bass and lead vocal)and an unknown drummer. the BOSS-MEN broke up right before the RASCALS hit big. Tom Pergola was amazed by the RASCALS and formed the PILGRIMS to copy the RASCALS, and the PIDGEONS copied the PILGRIMS. the PIDGEONS became VANILLA FUDGE

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