The film The Wild Angels, directed by legendary B movie director Roger Corman for American International Pictures, laid the groundwork for the classic film , released in 1969. Like , Easy Rider Easy Rider The Wild Angels starred Peter Fonda and featured Harley-Davidson motorcycles and the 1960s counterculture. The film was a low budget movie about the Hell’s Angels motorcycle gang avenging the loss of a stolen motorcycle. The film was a cult favorite; it opened the Venice Film Festival in 1966 and went on to gross over $6 million worldwide.
The film score for The Wild Angels was written by Mike Curb with help from co-writers on several numbers and Davie Allan and the Arrows performed most of the music. Allan and Curb had been in a high school band and the Arrows evolved out of that group. The two had worked together since they were teenagers. When Mike Curb formed Cude Records in 1963 the label’s first release was “War Path” by Davie Allan; later Allan and Curb combined to record a number of singles under names such as the Sudells, the Heyburners and the Zanies on a variety of labels. When Curb founded Sidewalk Records in 1964, he obtained a distribution agreement with Capitol and landed a deal to supply Roger Corman’s American International Pictures with soundtracks.