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Strawberry Alarm Clock

Incense And Peppermints

12" LP

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This LA band scored one of the Summer of Love-era hits with their #1 Incense and Peppermints , but one listen to this 1967 LP proves that there was a lot more to this group than that anthem. Gorgeous melodies mingle with trippy soundscapes, filthy guitar fuzz and dense harmonies as you also hear Lose to Live; Birds in My Tree; Unwind the Clock , and more.


This is the debut long-player from the southern California-based Strawberry Alarm Clock -- the title track of this album topped national singles charts in December of 1967. As the cover art might suggest, their image practically defined both the musical as well as peripheral aspects of the pseudo-psychedelic counterculture. However, below that mostly visual veneer, Strawberry Alarm Clock actually have more in common with other "Summer of Love" bands such as Love and Kak than the bubblegum acts they have long been associated with. Prior to Strawberry Alarm Clock, the band was initially named Thee Sixpence and issued a 45 -- "In the Building" b/w "Hey Joe" -- in the spring of 1966. As legend has it, none of the actual bandmembers sang lead on the hit single; the singer was in fact a vocalist named Greg Munford, who was attending the session as a visitor. The track was originally issued by Thee Sixpence on the regional All-American label. By the second pressing, however, the band's name had changed to Strawberry Alarm Clock. Sensing the possibility of a national hit, they were scooped up by the MCA Records subsidiary Uni and given the go-ahead to commence recording this, their debut LP. Much of the band's sound is due at least in part to the writing styles of George Bunnell (bass/vocals) and the uncredited Steve Bartok (flute/vocals). The edgy fuzz-toned guitar sound of "Birds in My Tree" and the Los Angeles freeway-inspired "Paxton's Back Street Carnival" exude a garage rock flavor similar in style to that of Spirit's self-titled debut long-player. Another distinguishing factor is Strawberry Alarm Clock's multi-layered vocals. "Hummin' Happy" and "Rainy Day Mushroom Pillow" are precursors to the sophisticated harmonies that would also inform "Tomorrow" and "Pretty Song From Psych-Out," from their follow-up long-player, Wake Up...It's Tomorrow.

Additional Information

Artist Strawberry Alarm Clock
Track Listing 1 Incense and Peppermints - 2:49 2 Rainy Day Mushroom Pillow - 3:07 3 Birds in My Tree - 1:54 4 Sit With the Guru - 3:04 5 Tomorrow - 2:15 6 Barefoot in Baltimore - 2:24 7 Good Morning Starshine - 2:23 8 Birdman of Alkatrash - 2:14 9 Strawberries Mean Love - 3:03 10 Starting Out the Day - 2:38

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