Hapshash and The Coloured Coat

Hapshash and The Coloured Coat was the name adopted by graphic artists Michael English and Nigel Weymouth.

They met in London in 1966, collaborating on the Love Festival poster that showed the joint influence of Man Ray and US pop artist Tom Wesselman. Their wok defined the romanticism of the English 'underground' movement and included posters promoting the Soft Machine, Tomorrow, Jimi Hendrix, and Arthur Brown, as well as concerts at the UFO Club and Brian Epstein's Saville Theatre.

Having become acquainted with producer/svengali Guy Stevens, English and Weymouth recorded their debut album in 1967.

Hapshash and The Coloured Coat featured lengthy, semi-improvised pieces fused to hard, repetitive riffs and chanted vocals. The accompaniment was supplied by Stevens' protégés, Art.

Housed in a de rigueur psychedelic sleeve and pressed on red vinyl, the album became a lynchpin release of the English 'underground' movement.

With Stevens now in absentia and English preferring art to music, it was largely left to Weymouth to record Western Flyer (1969). Groundhogs' guitarist Tony McPhee and future Wombles producer/songwriter Mike Batt assisted on a set encompassing pop, prog rock and cajun styles, all delivered in a suitably quirky manner.

English and Weymouth sundered their partnership shortly afterwards.