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The Fugs is a band formed in New York City in 1965 by poets Ed Sanders and Tuli Kupferberg, with Ken Weaver on drums. Soon afterwards, they were joined by Peter Stampfel and Steve Weber of the Holy Modal Rounders.

The band was named by Kupferberg, who borrowed "fug" from a euphemism for "fuck" used in Norman Mailer's novel, The Naked and the Dead.

Film appearances

The band can be seen performing in the cult film Chappaqua (1967) by Conrad Rooks. Tuli Kupferberg made appearances in W.R.: Mysteries of the Organism (1971) by Dušan Makavejev and played God in Voulez-vous coucher avec God? (1972) by Michael Hirsh and Jack Christie. Their song, CIA Man, can be heard during the closing credits of the black comedy Burn After Reading (2008) by the Coen Brothers.


  • The Village Fugs Sing Ballads of Contemporary Protest, Point of Views [sic], and General Dissatisfaction 1965, Broadside 304, Folkways FW 05304. Re-released 1966 on ESP-1018 as The Fugs First Album (with alternate takes/edits of at least three songs and stronger language); ESP version re-released on CD by Fantasy as The Fugs First Album 1994
  • The Fugs 1966, ESP-1028; re-released on CD by Fantasy as The Fugs Second Album 1994
  • Virgin Fugs ESP-1038, (possibly unauthorized—outtakes from first album sessions) 1967
  • Tenderness Junction Reprise, 1968
  • It Crawled into My Hand, Honest Reprise, 1968
  • The Belle of Avenue A Reprise, 1969
  • Golden Filth (Live at the Fillmore East) Reprise, 1970
  • Fugs 4, Rounders Score ESP-2018 (unauthorized split compilation album with Holy Modal Rounders) recorded 1965-6, released 1975
  • Refuse to Be Burnt Out (Live reunion) 1984
  • No More Slavery (Studio album) 1985
  • Star Peace (two disk set, an opera) 1986
  • Fugs Live in Woodstock 1989
  • Songs from a Portable Forest (best of 1980s reunions) 1992
  • "Fugs Live From The 60s" Ace, 1994
  • The Real Woodstock Festival (2 CD set) 1995
  • The Fugs Final CD (Part 1) 2003
  • Be Free: The Fugs Final CD (Part 2) 2010

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