Decades on from when the Riot Squad was an active group, people can be forgiven for not being familiar with them. In point of fact, the band went through so many lineup changes that even in 1967 anyone outside their immediate circle of friends might've been hard put to give a definitive description of the group. Part of their problem, in terms of posterity, was their name -- at least three other outfits have used the same name since the early '60s, and this sextet wasn't even the first (that honor fell to a Liverpool-based outfit from a couple of years earlier). This incarnation of Riot Squad earned a place of honor, at least in the biography of renowned independent producer Joe Meek, and also figured as a footnote in the history/biography of Jimi Hendrix. And it could also claim credit during its later phases for giving no less a figure than David Bowie a lead vocalist gig -- on and off -- for close to eight months in 1967-1968, even if they never made any official recordings with him.