Mark Westin

Mark's MUGGWORT Fan Page

Serious rock'n'roll fans and players like me have strong and often diverse opinions, but there is one point on which almost all agree:  MUGGWORT was one of the most under-appreciated and underrated bands of the 1970s.  Far more influential than they ever were famous (or commercially successful), Muggwort blazed a trail of innovation in both fashion and musical style that would be admired, followed and outright ripped off by just about every chart-topping act of the following decade.

As Muggwort came and went in the pre-internet age, very little memorabilia exists to honor the legacy of this genre- and era-defining band.  This site is dedicated to preserving the true legacy of Muggwort for the fans who loved them then, and love them still.

Video of Muggwort on Dutch TV:

 

 

Muggwort single with some of its contemporaries:

 

The members of Muggwort were:

Pip Helix, lead singer

 

Randy Wenches, lead guitar

 

Moose LeMans, bass guitar

Chuck "Sir Loin" Crockett, rhythm guitar

Sludge, drums


An early U.K. gig poster. Note Muggwort's RAK labelmate Suzi Quatro also on the poster, and misspelled Thin Lizzy:

 

Muggwort's definitive album and statement of purpose was 1973's Artemisia Vulgaris which contained the single Narcissistic as Me and the classic if overlooked b-side The Naked Houseboy. To see a Youtube video of the record playing click here .

The album was released on the British RAK label, founded by legendary producer Mickie Most.  Muggwort's labelmates at the time included other luminaries of the emerging glam rock scene including the aforementioned Suzi Quatro, Mud, and Smokie.


 

Original Narcissistic as Me single on RAK:

 

Though the band scored several high-profile opening act slots for its American tours (Alice Cooper, Mott the Hoople), Muggwort was more successful in Europe and the U.K. than in the U.S. 

Original Muggwort tour t-shirt (author's collection):

Their image in the States was not helped by stories of raging alcohol and drug abuse and rampant violence that emerged during their 1973 U.S. tour, including incidents at New York's Village Vanguard where singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson ended up on the wrong end of a whiskey bottle swung by drummer Sludge, and the semi-legendary David Clayton Thomas shooting near Bleecker Street.   All charges were later dismissed but the damage to Muggwort's reputation was never repaired.

All that remains of the Muggwort legacy is the video of their television performance on Dutch music show Draaiende Schijf (basically "spinning disk"), seen at the top of this page.  At the time, presenter Ton Wellinga was known as the "Dick Clark of the Benelux" and an appearance on his show was seen as a sure shot at European fame.  Muggwort rocked the house, thrilling the audience of largely teenaged girls.

It's important to note for historical reasons that while Muggwort eventually drifted out of the public consciousnesss, the band never officially broke up.  All of the original members are still alive and have surfaced over the years on other artists' projects, and the die-hard and stalwart among the fan base still hold out hope that a Muggwort reunion may one day become a reality.