Neil Pike’s first exposure to show business came when he won a twisting competition at the age of five. Having reached such dizzying heights at such an early age (and having only won a lousy Hoadley’s Violet Crumble Bar for his trouble), he decided to give up dancing and concentrate on music. By his late teens, he’d “turned on, tuned in & dropped out” and was hitch-hiking up and down the east coast of Australia with a backpack, a 12 string guitar and a swag of self-penned hippy anthems.
Neil & Pete realised that enough was enough and decided to start playing music they actually liked again. For a brief time, they formed a satirical duo, pretending to be musical New Age channellers Lothario & Cagliostro… (“we always thought it was the mushrooms until we stopped taking ’em”) and released the album “From Lemuria To Lismore”.
Upon realising that most of their audience was taking them seriously, Neil formed the Pagan Love Cult inc… a band with cultic undertones or a cult with musical overtones, they could never decide which. Whatever the case, they’ve since beome the longest-running psychedelic music act in Australia… a veritable institution (in both senses of the word).