The Lost In-depth Biography
Along with the Remains} and the Rockin' Ramrods}, the Lost} were the most celebrated Boston band of the mid-'60s. Unlike those other two groups, who at least were able to release a fair number of tracks and experience some lingering regional success, the Lost} indeed appeared lost to the ages, managing only to release three rare Capitol} singles during their time together. Despite the high reputation that they continue to enjoy to this day among Boston dwellers, the Lost} were not as talented as the Remains}. They were a somewhat above-average garage band, more versatile and perhaps more folk-rock influenced than most, with the occasional bit of material ("Kaleidoscope,"} "It Is I"}) that hinted at some interesting lyrical and melodic ideas.
The Lost} formed at Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont in late 1964. Originally the band, with Hugh Magbie} as lead guitarist and singer, were among the very, very few interracial rock bands of the time, though personnel shuffles ensued when the Lost} decided to move to Boston in late 1964, leaving behind Magbie} who had elected to return to college . The Lost} developed a fairly large set of original material from the pens of guitarist Ted Myers} and keyboardist Willie Alexander}, recording a demo tape produced by Barry Tashian} of the Remains} that helped get the contract with Capitol}. Their first single,"Maybe More Than You,"} was fairly strong bashing folk-rock with a Dylanesque streak, and got some sales and airplay in Massachusetts and New York.
For unknown reasons, a second single didn't appear for almost a year, although the band managed to open for numerous touring stars, and be the opening act for the Beach Boys} during a 1966 Eastern tour. Confusingly, the second single, "Violet Gown,"} was released in two different versions, and with two different B-sides, which didn't help the Lost}'s career. Capitol} terminated their association with the band, and the Lost} broke up in early 1967, although there have been a few reunion shows over the subsequent decades.
Principal songwriter Ted Myers} ventured into psychedelic music with the Chameleon Church} (which had future star comedian Chevy Chase} on drums) and was a member of the Ultimate Spinach} in the band's waning days. Keyboardist Willie Alexander} and bassist Walter Powers} were members of the name-only, Lou Reed}-less Velvet Underground} of the early '70s. Alexander} became a Boston legend of sorts, playing with a seemingly endless succession of local bands over the following decades. The Lost} did a lot of recording, at Capitol} and elsewhere, in addition to their three singles in the mid-1960s, much of which finally saw the light of day on Arf! Arf!}'s Early Recordings} and Lost Tapes} CD reissues of the band in the 1990s. ~ Richie Unterberger, All Music Guide