“Girl From The City” was one of Strawberry Alarm Clock‘s final singles, a non-LP song with vocalist Paul Marshall. The song was recorded for the Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls soundtrack from Russ Meyers’ 1971 cult classic movie. The b-side was the evergreen “Three”.
“Girl From The City” doesn’t strive to be great or profound, just to be a fun little rock song — and it succeeds in this smartly. Like “California Day”, also by this SAC lineup, “Girl From The City” concerns itself with the Golden State that was home to the band and its beloved 1960s scene. There is some nice guitar work on this track, as Ed King had taken control of the instrument again (after mostly playing bass on the group’s final LP, 1969’s Good Morning Starshine) — a chorus of overdubbed fuzzy guitars was nice to hear again, since it’s really a major component of the classic Clock sound.
Marshall’s vocals on “Girl From The City” are somewhat more even (and in his range) than “California Day” — he sounds rather a lot like Burton Cummings of the Guess Who. By this time, SAC had apparently learned how to just enjoy itself and not strive desperately for a hit — ironically, it should have worked to give the band a few hits, since their post-LP singles from 1969 and 1970 were some of their most effortless and enjoyable recordings. It didn’t work, of course, and the band soon split up and went their separate ways, but “Girl From The City” is well worth checking out.
45: “Girl From The City” b/w “Three” (Uni 55241) (1970)
CD: Good Morning Starshine (1969) Japanese bonus-track CD version
LP: Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls soundtrack (1971)
CD: Strawberries Mean Love (1992 compilation)