Unwind with Strawberry Alarm Clock
Strawberry Alarm Clock had a #1 hit for one week in 1967 with "Incense And Peppermints", and that song is how most people remember the band today. Which is a shame; it's a good song but the band was more than one fluke hit. Strawberry Alarm Clock released four albums and several singles, including a bunch of sides as Thee Sixpence before changing their name to SAC. On all these records, lost classics abound.
The band's first album, Incense And Peppermints, is awash in the floating mid-1967 California feeling that permeates the best music of the era. Flutes and harpsichords enhance an often dark and unsettlingly surreal world. The next album was Wake Up... It's Tomorrow, where SAC increased the gentle wistfulness on some tracks and plumbed further depths of darkness and weirdness on others. The World In A Sea Shell (1968) followed, adding dense orchestration to a grab bag of hammy Tin Pan Alley schmaltz and inspired band originals. Good Morning Starshine was full of stripped-down blues boogie alongside some classic SAC ethereality.
Strawberry Alarm Clock released their first new music in 2012, the album Wake Up Where You Are. So now is a great time to take a closer look at the band on UnwindWithSAC.com... "Strawberry Alarm Clock": Nouns? Yes. Meaningless? Never!
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