LOST IN TIME: Independent Music of The Vietnam Era

From 1998 to 2003 I spent a’lot of time working on what I *thought* would be a print fanzine entitled Lost In Time. This publication was created to cover the history of the Vietnam era’s independent/DIY music artists, specifically the work of teenage American music scenes from the U.S. mid-Atlantic region – everything from self released records by teen rock bands, to low budget TV dance party shows, to wild weird on-air radio personalities, to all ages concert venues run for and (sometimes even) by teens, and so many more other remote detours along the cultural highway that existed before the rise of mass media consolidation.

For reasons too numerous to mention, that zine never came out. But now (with the addition of some newer supplemental material) the essays, capsule reviews, interviews, and other original elements of Lost In Time are appearing in installments up at Splice Today:

Teenagers and Tape Hiss (Series Introduction)



The History of Maryland 60’s teen rockers Bobby J. & The Generations. Their incendiary 1966 track “Lost In Time” is the greatest punk song ever to come from Maryland; it inspired the name of the aforementioned/unpublished fanzine.





An interview with visionary DJ/author/multi-media mogul Paul H.D. Rothfuss AKA “Emperor” Rodgers



A piece exploring the self released early 70’s work of Washington, DC’s Young Senators; their experimental funk 7″ “Ringing Bells (Sweet Music)” Parts 1 & 2 is the ultimate music symbol of life in DelMarVA:



A five part history of the Dundalk, Md. teen rock band The Rysing Suns (aka The Rysing Sun). Their wild exploits on and off stage were reflected in the chaotic intensity of their ’66 garage punk track “A Third Hour on Forty-Eleventh Street” :

The Rysing Sun performing at Patapsco High School circa late 1967: left to right, Tommy Goldsborough, Dave Collins, Frank Cantazeritti, and Sid Kramer (out of frame, probably just to the left of the drums, are keyboardist Steve Boyle and bassist Ken “Fitz” Fitzgerald)
The Rysing Suns in mid/late 1967; this was the band’s 4th line-up; l-r, bassist Ken “Fitz” Fitzgerald, rhythm guitarist Sid Kramer, singer Dave Collins, drummer Tommy Goldsborough, lead guitarist Frank Cantazeritti, keyoboardist Steve Boyle.

Part 1 – https://www.splicetoday.com/music/up-extra-hours-with-the-rysing-suns

Part 2 – https://www.splicetoday.com/music/rosedale-s-rysing-suns

Part 3 – https://www.splicetoday.com/music/cooling-off-with-the-rysing-suns

Part 4 – https://www.splicetoday.com/music/chaos-at-kenwood-with-the-rysing-suns

Part 5 – https://www.splicetoday.com/baltimore/the-rysing-suns-intense-thrill-ride


A concise two part overview of the various artists album Baltimore’s Teen Beat A Go Go :

Part 1 – https://www.splicetoday.com/music/best-of-baltimore-a-go-go

Part 2 – https://www.splicetoday.com/music/dome-supreme-of-higlandtown


To most Marylanders, Alana Shor is anything but an icon of indie music. As the lead singer of Paper Cup and Shor Patrol the vocalist was one of the Baltimore area’s bonafide pop stars during the 1970’s and 80’s. Before becoming a darling of the night club/disco scene Alana Shor made her debut solo record in 1965, a complex dramatic blast called “Wrong Number”. The wild tune feels tailor made for fans of R. Stevie Moore, Gary Wilson, Television Personalities, The Shoes’ mid-70’s work, and other early eccentric lo-fi faves. Here’s an overview of Alana Shor’s weird teen rock roots:



At DelMarVa’s edge, a unique regional sound developed in rural northern Virginia. It reflected melancholy without dwelling on life’s dark side. This piece delves into some of the best recordings to emerge from rural NoVa’s brief but vibrant 60’s indie scene:



Glen Burnie, Md. band The Del Prixs created a sound that was subtle, primal, mellow, and passionate all at once – the perfect blueprint for the work of NZ’s Flying Nun Records and some of the best music to be featured on the lo-fi landmark “Baltimore’s Teenbeat A Go Go” compilation album. This is The Del Prixs’ story; it’s typical by 60’s teen rock standards and yet that only makes their innovative music even more fascinating:


There are no known photos of The Del Prixs, so – in place of a band shot – here’s a great public domain photo of a school (?) dance event circa the mid-late 60’s, a time when The Del Prixs enjoyed the peak of their career as a popular local music act.


Quite possibly the rarest folk punk 7″ in the world is the 1967 release from The Tower Of London. This is the story behind this awesome Annapolis band and their intense vinyl blast:

Part 1 – https://www.splicetoday.com/music/the-tower-of-london-of-annapolis

Part 2 – https://www.splicetoday.com/music/maryland-s-tower-of-london

The Tower Of London circa 1966 – left to right: bassist Shep Tullier, drummer Mike Elliot, keyboardist Glen Bundy Brown, twelve string guitarist Joe Yanovitch, six string guitarist John Rausche

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