Tuesday, November 11, 2008

The New Establishment! 1969

After a busy morning of fighting the summer crowds, standing in long lines, escorting kids to the bathroom, and yes, riding the fabulous attractions, a typical Disneyland guest needs a break. Maybe lunch over at the Tomorrowland Terrace. As long as there is a chair, who cares! After settling in for an all-too-quick meal, the spaceage sculptures nearby start to rise into the air. What the?? Hey, there's a stage underneath, and a rock and roll band. Ladies and Gentlemen, The New Establishment!

You couldn't give this band a more perfect name. Hippies loathed "the establishment" but these far-out musicians promised a colorful and groovy NEW establishment. One can only guess at the kind of non-threatening songs that they performed. "Downtown", "Aquarius/Let The Sun Shine In", and maybe "Put a Little Love in Your Heart".

Here's a closer look (from the mosh pit!) at these rock and roll degenerates. Disgraceful!


TokyoMagic! said...

I love these shots of the Tomorrowland stage with it's colored glass panels and original sculpture on top.....AND we get a glimse of The Carousel of Progress in the background! I've said it before and I'll say it again, I really miss THIS Tomorrowland!

Kevin Kidney said...

Colored clothing to match the architecture. A perfect world!

Thanks for these...I would live in these photos, if I could.

Nancy said...

these images are so....groovy! one of my favorite things about the 'New Tomorrowland' :)

thanks, Major

Chiana said...

New Establishment hehe! They rock. Yeah. Even Opie, top pic at the railing behind and between the leading lady and the beach boy, is digging it. Course there's flower power on the guitar, but he's keeping his coolness thanks to 'shades. Works for her and her green tambourine too. Let the sunshine in, they're ready!

Imagine, a concert right in front of them and it's quiet enough the ladies in front are easily chatting away. Probably be hard to do that today, hard as scoffin' the fast food without guilt. Love these pics, love the place, love the time.

Matterhorn1959 said...

I love the mock turtle necks with short sleeves!

Katella Gate said...

Memorable images of a memorable design. This was what Tomorrowland is all about.

Thanks Rolly. 40 years later and still well done.

mr wiggins said...

Memorable images of a memorable design. This was what Tomorrowland is all about.

Thanks Rolly. 40 years later and still well done.


Tamer Gamer said...


Thanks for the info about The New Establishment. I saw them at Disneyland one night in 1967. I was from GA and thought it was really cool when someone in the audience used the term "bitchin". First time I had ever heard that one. I was a 15 year old hick at the time.

lchapman39 said...

I have pictures that look just like the ones posted. I loved this band. I was a teenager (13) but was there to see them every weekend and all summer. My friends and I went as much as we could. Had a huge crush on Mike. Thanks for the good memories.

Ted said...

I posted on your page about the Tomorrowland Terrace that I saw Debbie Reynolds play there in July of '71. My very hazy memory is that Reynolds was the evening show, and the New Establishment played in the afternoon. The New Establishment are best known for performing "Seattle," the theme song for "Here Come the Brides." It currently airs on AntennaTV early Sunday morning. The first season played an instrumental of the song over the titles, and the second season included the New Establishment's vocals.

Major Pepperidge said...

Ted, thanks for sharing your memories of seeing Debbie Reynolds at the Tomorrowland Terrace. "Seattle", I don't know that one, though I vaguely remember "Here Come the Brides". I'll have to look on YouTube to see if the theme song can be found (the second version, of course)!

Ted said...

My pleasure! It's on Youtube, as well as a version that Bobby Sherman did, too (that show was what first made him a teen idol). Perry Cuomo also covered "Seattle." I read that when Sherman was on Rosie O'Donnell's show in the '90's, she wanted him to perform the New Establishment/TV cover of the song, but he wanted to do it more like his version. So they came to an impasse, and didn't even mention the show at all during the interview.

Speaking of Cuomo and Sherman, here's another "King of Rebel," as KROQ's Rodney on the Roq dubbed him. Rodney played this song when Sonny was running for mayor of Palm Springs in the '80's to remind everybody what a counterculture icon he really was. This is from Sonny's '67 psychedelic opus, "Inner Views."

"Pammie's on a Bummer"

Ted said...

Here is the opening from "Here Come the Brides."


And another by the New Establishment I happened upon in a search. Looks like there are more of their tunes on Youtube (not to be confused with the r&b or ska band).

Sunday's Gonna' Come On Tuesday (1969)