The career of The Mugwumps was ultra short and the musical output of this New York band was proportional: only nine songs were available for their only album (a compilation LP).

And yet they played an important role in the history of pop music, because four of the five members would soon gain world fame.

The duo Cass Elliot and Denny Doherty later accounted for half of The Mamas & The Papas, while John B. Sebastian and Zal Yanovsky ended up in The Lovin' Spoonful.

What does band name Mugwumps mean - William S. Burroughs - Naked lunch - David Cronenberg filmThe fifth member, Jim Hendricks, founded the band The Lamp of Childhood, that - apart from the release of three singles - did nothing at all; perhaps Jim should have extended his first name with an 'i'.

To find their band name The Mugwumps consulted a novel by William S. Burroughs, The Naked Lunch, in which strange creatures called Mugwumps (a kind of predators) are expressively described.

Active: 1964-1965, USA

See also: Lovin' Spoonful, Fuzz Haunted, Naked Lunch, Soft Machine, Steely Dan

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