The Hook are possibly best known for having ex Leaves guitarist Bobby Arlin in their line-up.
On this, their first 45 for UNI The Hook serve up prime heavy psych in the Hendrix/Cream kinda bag. I\’d even say these two tracks were pretty good examples of acid rock…..some blistering psych leads from Arlin on both cuts.
\’Son Of Fantasy\’ and \’Plug Your Head In\’ were both on The Hooks debut album \’the Hook Will Grab You\’ but these mono 45 mixes are different and have not appeared on any compilations thus far.
The line-up on this record was:
Bobby Arlin (guitar)
Buddy Sklar (bass)
Craig Boyd (drums)
By the time of their second album \’Hooked\’ they had lost original drummer Craig Boyd who was replaced by Dale Loyola and added organist Dennis Provisor.
As you can see from the picture of The Hook (this appeared on the back of the \’Hooked\’ album) all band members seemed to have embraced the hippie culture and donned attrocious garments except Bobby Arlin who still wore his \’folk-rock\’ look from 1966.
The Hook appeared on TV Show Ironside in an episode called \’Trip To Hashbury\’….both songs on this UNI 45 featured heavily in drug fueled party scenes at a hippie den in Haight-Ashbury. The air date of the episode was on 21/03/68 (season 1, episode 26)….I\’ve got The Hook scenes on DVD and they\’re killer.