The Misunderstood formed in 1963 in Riverside, California, after being bitten by the surf music bug. In the wake of the British Invasion, they moved to London in 1966 – but without singer Rick Brown who was claimed by the draft – and were managed by future radio DJ John Peel.
Rick finally managed to make it to England but in the meantime, guitarist Greg Treadway was called up and returned home to the US to be drafted into the Navy. A young English guitarist called Tony Hill replaced him.
Often compared to The Yardbirds, they signed to Fontana Records and released the single, I Can Take You to the Sun. Unfortunately, with Rick hounded by the military (and FBI) and the rest of the band experiencing visa difficulties, they were soon forced to disband.
Steel guitarist Glenn Ross Campbell went on to form Juicy Lucy.
Cherry Red Records have since released three albums of The Misunderstood’s music – Before the Dream Faded (1982), The Legendary Goldstar Album (1997), and an album of later material called The Misunderstood: Broken Road (1998). In 2004, Ugly Things Records (USA) issued another full album of previously unreleased tracks named The Lost Acetates 1965–1966.
Glenn Ross Campbell