The Baytovens and The Harbinger Complex backed Paul Revere And The Raiders at an Oakland Auditorium concert in April 1966, and both headlined again at a KRFC-sponsored gig at the College of San Mateo on October 15th.
The Hockstaff/Hoyle composition \”I Think I\’m Down\” is kick-ass proto-punk at its finest. Its folksy flip side, \”My Dear and Kind Sir\” is a genteel slice of 19th century Americana — the Harbinger Complex equivalent of the Byrds\’ \”Oh! Susannah.\”
Another 1966 single effort by the group, \”Sometimes I Wonder\” b/w \”Tomorrow\’s Soul Sound\” (Amber 8999), lacked the confident punch of the Brent 45\’s A-side. In 1967, Mainstream Records (which owned subsidiary Brent) released a various artists compilation album titled A Pot of Flowers which featured both sides of the Brent single and two new Hockstaff-Hoyle tunes (\”Time to Kill\” and \”When You Know You\’re In Love\”). \”Kill,\” with its Vietnam double entendre, is somewhat pedestrian, while \”Love\” is sparkling, syncopated, and snappy.
A Pot of Flowers (Mainstream S-6100) was reissued in the 1980s as part of Mindrocker Volume 10. \”I Think I\’m Down\” has also appeared on the compilations Nuggets, Volume 12: Punk, Part 3, Sound of the Sixties: San Francisco, Part 2 (with its flip side, \”My Dear and Kind Sir\”), and Rhino\’s four-CD box set: Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era, 1965-1968. ~ Stansted Montfichet, All Music Guide