Their unique blend of folk music revival and psychedelia gave them a cult-like following from the late s into the s. For a time the group also included the playwright and actor Sam Shepard. Stampfel explained the origin of the name in the webzine Perfect Sound Forever :. Stampfel and Weber were introduced to each other by Greenwich Village figure Antonia , who also wrote or co-wrote many of their songs. Stampfel stayed in New York but played and recorded with the band on occasion.
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