But that doesn’t mean they weren’t good bands.
Sopwith Camel, named for the famed World War I plane, was the second band from San Francisco signed by a major label, after Jefferson Airplane but before the Grateful Dead.
The first of the “San Francisco psychedelic ballroom bands” to get a hit, Sopwith Camel scored with ‘Hello, Hello” in 1967.
The band disbanded later that year but reformed in 1971 and recorded its second album. The band broke up again in 1974.
But now Sopwith Camel is back, playing Saturday, July 28, at the Last Day Saloon, 120 Fifth St., Santa Rosa.
The current lineup features three original members: Peter Kraemer, lead vocals, flute and saxophone; Nandi Devam (formerly known as Terry MacNeil), keyboards, guitar, vocals; Martin Beard, electric bass, vocals.
The newest members, recruited since 2009, are Mike McKevitt, guitars, sitar and vocals, and Bruce Slesinger (from The Dead Kennedys) on drums.
The Sorentinos open the Last Day Saloon show at 8:30 p.m.
Admission: $12 in advance; $15 on the day of the show.
Information: (707) 545-2343, www.lastdaysaloon.com.