Formed in 1968 as a reincarnation of Welsh rock harmony group The Bystanders, progressive rockers Man instead became more renowned for their live extended jams and that live fire was captured for the first time on record on their 1969 sophomore set 2 Ozs Of Plastic (With A Hole In The Middle). While their debut had more of a strong British feel, 2 Ozs of Plastic (With a Hole in the Middle) was peppered with the American west coast sounds of bands like Quicksilver Messenger Service and Frank Zappa's Mothers Of Invention. The album cover was intended to be impossible to look at. An optically unstable geometric pattern was chosen and a clashing contrast of colors applied. The band each had their faces painted a different unnatural color and the resulting photographs were distributed around the pattern. Lettering was outlined in 'Yellow Submarine' rainbows.