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Encyclopedia entry for 'Cam-Pact' LETTER:

Formed in 1967
StyleSoul, psychedelic pop
 Original line-up: Keith Glass (vocals, guitar; ex-Rising Sons, Eighteenth Century Quartet), Chris Stockley (guitar; ex-Roadrunners, Delta Set), John Pugh (guitar, vocals, autoharp; ex-Roadrunners, Delta Set, Eight-eenth Century Quartet), Mark Barnes (bass; ex-Moppa Blues, Roadrunners, Delta Set), Bob Lloyd (drums)

History
Cam-Pact was one of the most important breeding grounds for rock musicians of note on the Melbourne scene of the late 1960s/early 1970s. Cam-Pact became a cornerstone band with a genuine cult following. The band's name was originally the tongue-in-cheek The Camp Act, but that was considered too outrageous for the time.

Cam-Pact started as a Stax/Tamla Motown soul group in April 1967, before progressing through teenybopper and psychedelic stages and on to heavy blues. The band suffered many line-up changes, with the final version (circa early 1970) eventually evolving into Company Caine with the addition of Gulliver Smith (ex-Dr Kandy's Third Eye). The second line-up comprised Glass, Stockley and Barnes, with Trevor Courtney (drums; ex-Chants R&B) and Greg Cook (guitar; ex-Silk'n'Dreams) replacing Lloyd and Pugh respectively. Lloyd went on to Carnival, Extradition and Forest. Pugh spent the next few years jumping from one band to the next in quick succession: James Taylor Move, The News, The Avengers, Healing Force, Baiyana, Silversun, Ray Burton Nightflyers and the Renée Geyer Band.

The second line-up of Cam-Pact was the most consistent and popular combination. The band's four singles for Festival were all fine examples of late 1960s psychedelic pop: `Something Easy'/`Michael' (March 1968), `Drawing Room'/`I'm Your Puppet' (May 1968), `Good Good Feelin''/`And It Won't Be Long' (September 1968) and `Potion of Love'/`Cry My Heart Out' (June 1969). By late 1968, Barnes had left and Glass was playing bass. Glass and Stockley had also left Cam-Pact by the middle of 1969. Stockley joined Axiom and then The Dingoes. Initially Keith Glass appeared in the Australian production of Hair, after which he went on to become something of a legendary figure in his own right. Cam-Pact's last single was `Zoom Zoom Zoom'/`Getting Myself Together' (September 1969).

Latterday members included Bill Blisset (organ, vocals), Russell Smith (guitar; ex-Nineteen87), Chris Löfven (bass; ex-19th Generation, Carnival) who was replaced by Cliff Edwards (bass) and Ray Arnott (drums; ex-Chelsea Set, Browns). Bluesman Matt Taylor also filled in as lead singer for a two-week tour of Sydney during early 1970. By March 1970, the final, three-piece Cam-Pact line-up of Smith, Arnott and Edwards had formed the backbone of Company Caine. Löfven went on to become a leading underground film-maker. He directed groundbreaking filmclips for Daddy Cool's `Eagle Rock' and Spectrum's `I'll Be Gone'. In 1972 he filmed an intriguing 11-minute silent short called The Beginning which featured a heavy organ score by musician Lindsay Bourke. In 1976, Löfven wrote, produced and directed the feature film Oz, an Australian adaption of the Wizard of Oz storyline.

In 1977, Glass issued the four-track Cam-Pact EP Living in the '60s on his Missing Link label. The EP included `Drawing Room', `I'm Your Puppet' and two previously unissued tracks from 1968 `Wasted (on a Fantasy)' and `(You Don't Have to) Break it to Me Gently'.



Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop / Ian McFarlane 1999
under licence from Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd

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