Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: On Dragon Planet with Chi and Charlie.
Greetings - Bear
In 1968, Steven Soles, Artie Traum, & Eric Kaz would come together to form one of the finest and most underrated bands of the 1960s and of all time. They would come together as The Children Of Paradise. With little reception, Bear wasn't too famous. They sang in clubs now and again, but nothing special. Then came the day that Brian De Palma discovered them and used them to perform multiple musical pieces for his 1968 underground film "Greetings". The film starred an extremely young Robert De Niro and had Bear perform 3 of their songs, "Greetings", "So Loose And So Slow", & "Like Cats". The film made approximately $1,000,000. A great amount of money at the time which helped launch the second film "Hi, Mom!" in 1970. Bear had different plans however, they decided to go all the way and release their own album. They recored for Verve Forecast and managed to release the album titled "Greetings". By that time they had changed their name to Bear, but in hopes of cashing in on the movie, still kept the name "Children Of Paradise" on the album. The album sold poorly and to this day has never had an official CD release and is only available as LP. The album is an interesting span of songs ranging from Psychedelic, to Jazz, To Folk. It was certainly one of the most unique albums of the time and of all time for that matter.
Children of Paradise, Bear
"Artie Traum: Artie Traum, born between the Great Brown Bear and the Shimmering Serpent, was King in the fourth incarnation, drinking Sour Flowers, and sleeping most days. Cowboy and Indian at once, he cleaned the streets during the war, subsisting on Rent Conrol and wafers. Now he plays acoustic, electric, solid, hollow, old, new, cracked guitars; lead and rhythm, and various percussion, and if you listen closely you can hear his voice in the echo machine behind the Magic Disk.
Eric Kaz: Eric-Justin Kaz saw a vision of the Devil fifteen years ago and has been a musician ever since. Eric has been called "one of the outstanding harmonica players in the country" but he plays guitar, organ, piano, and bass too. All of which he has done for various labels and artists during his devilish career.
Steve Soles: John Steve Soles is a shell with fur. He is cruel and heartless and cold and mean. He is everything a bear could want. Born 19 years ago, he is the Sun of Night and the Father of Great Dawn. He is our singer."
Track 1 - Greetings
Track 2 - So Loose & So Slow
Track 3 - Like Cats
Track 4 - Happy Days
Track 5 - What Difference
Track 6 - It's Getting Very Cold Outside
Track 7 - I Won't Be Hangin' Around
Track 8 - Don't Say A Word
Track 9 - Don't You Ever Want To Think About Them
Track 10 - The Hungry Dogs Of New Mexico
Bear: Originally, Bear was an animal,
Then A Constellation.
Then a man who hawks securities on Wall
Street. Webster says: "a large heavy clumsy
mammal with shaggy fur…"
Originally Bears bore other Bears, not in
the sense of making each other sleepy, but
in the biblical "begat" sense of making
A bare Bear is always less bored.
Bear met at the zoo, where Eric was singing
to his friend the Camel. I was walking my
best girl, Eric said: "The Camel is so lonely."
Of course he was referring to himself, so I
gave him my best girl. In exchange, he blew
a nasty note in his harmonica. "Nasty," the
Steve's fish wagon pulled up before us.
"Stop floundering around," Steve shouted
at Eric, who was kissing my best girl. Steve
said, "I am cold and heartless, a demon
among men, a fish among flowers." The
We heard sirens in the distance. "Oh, dear."
Said Steve. "To the cornfield," said the
Gorilla, waking up. We ran to the field but
the corn was yellow. "What can we do
now?" The best girl put on her bear uni-
form and we all followed suit, began sing-
ing, and called for a studio.