Friday Song: The Strawberry Alarm Clock
Along with such archetypal 60’s bands such as “The Chocolate Watchband” and “The 1910 Fruitgum Company,” the only group to achieve more lasting status was “The Strawberry Alarm Clock,” whose biggest hit, “Incense and Peppermints,” you need not hear today since it will be playing in whatever grocery store you hit this week or in any documentary that needs to quickly define The Hippies. The band holds a special place in my heart for their incredible “Pretty Theme Song From Psych-Out” from the third best counter-culture film of the decade, PSYCH-OUT (1968). They solidified cult movie status with songs and another appearance in Russ Myer’s/Roger Ebert’s BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS (1970). I’m a fan of their first two LP’s, and their sunny psychedelia was one of the soundtracks to my Berkeley days. Here’s their rarely-played follow-up, “Tomorrow,” which peaked at #23 on the charts in 1968. This is a live version from The Steve Allen Show and it’s more jamming than the single version. LOVE those keyboards, baby. Peace.