Silver Apples Crash Land

Silver Apples Crash Land

The Silver Apples’s star was rising, but disaster was just over the horizon. The trouble started when Simeon Coxe and Danny Taylor shot the cover photo of their second album, Contact, in the cockpit of a Pan Am airplane. “They thought they were getting a lot of free publicity,” Coxe said, “so they put their logos all over the place.” However, Pan Am airline officials didn’t realize that the back cover would feature the two musicians superimposed on a photo of the wreckage of an actual plane crash. The next thing the duo knew, they were on the receiving end of a career-killing lawsuit filed by an angry multinational corporation. “They got an injunction and they managed to get all of the records pulled off of all the shelves nationwide,” Coxe says, “and they forbade us from performing any of the songs live.” Pan Am’s henchmen repossessed Taylor’s drums that were stored upstairs at Max’s Kansas City and were coming back for Coxe’s synths, so the two hid the equipment at a friend’s loft and laid low. When Silver Apples called it quits later in 1970, Coxe made an unexpected transition into television news reporting—landing a string of jobs in cities around the South, where he could be seen standing by a crime scene, signing off: “Simeon Coxe, Action News.”

From Chapter 18 of The Downtown Pop Underground — order online, or from a local independent bookstore


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