Bubble Puppy was a Texan psychedelic rock band.
The group was formed in 1966 in San Antonio, Texas by Rod Prince and Roy Cox. Looking to form a “top gun rock band” based on the concept of dual lead guitars, Prince and Cox recruited Todd Potter; a gymnast, saxophone player and guitarist. With the addition of Danny Segovia, the original line up of Bubble Puppy was complete. The name “Bubble Puppy” was taken from “Centrifugal Bumble-Puppy”, a fictitious children’s game in Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. Bubble Puppy’s live debut was as the opening act for The Who in San Antonio.
After several line-up changes, the final roster for Bubble Puppy settled at Rod Prince and Todd Potter on lead guitars, Roy Cox on bass guitar and David “Fuzzy” Fore on drums. In 1967, Bubble Puppy moved to Austin, Texas and signed a recording contract with Houston-based International Artists, home to the 13th Floor Elevators and the Red Krayola.
Hot Smoke and Sassafras
Bubble Puppy scored a Top-20 U.S. hit in 1969 with their single, “Hot Smoke & Sassafras”. The name was a misheard line lifted from an episode of “The Beverly Hillbillies”http://djallyn.org/media/bubble_puppy-hot-smoke-and sasafrass.flv
In the mist of sassafras
Many things will come to pass
And the smoke shall rise again
To the place above where it began
Time will bring the fire and flame
As surely as it brought the rain
But in the gardens of the moon
Time is held within the silver spoon
If you’re happy where you are
Then you need not look too far
If you’ve found your place at last
Then you need not use the looking glass
- Audio from the 1968 album, A Gathering of Promises: