Strawberry Alarm Clock recorded “Good Morning Starshine” for their fourth and final LP, and even named the album after the song. A jarring anomaly on the album, the song was not the idea of the band members, who otherwise had managed to wrest musical control from the managers and producers who had done so much to muddle up the previous album, The World In A Sea Shell.
“Good Morning Starshine”, from the musical Hair, did not fit the style of the album or the mood of the band members in 1969; its goofy “sing sing sing sing” chorus is wholly unrelated to the musical ideas the band was exploring on the rest of the album. It does, however, evoke the playfulness, the gentility, and the accomplished vocal harmonizing of much of the band’s previous work on songs like “Go Back (You’re Going The Wrong Way)” from Wake Up… It’s Tomorrow and “Home Sweet Home” from The World In A Sea Shell.
But pursuing commercial acceptance was something the band had always done for one reason or another; having had a fluke #1 hit in 1967 with “Incense And Peppermints”, Strawberry Alarm Clock was determined to achieve it again and was therefore prone to making some unfortunate musical decisions; the idea to make a track as silly as “Good Morning Starshine” the centerpiece of their new album is just the sort of regrettable choice that seems so inopportune in retrospect.
“Good Morning Starshine” did make it to #87 in the pop charts though, so it wasn’t a total loss — but ultimately it represented neither the band nor the album it was on, and was another chapter in the ignominious demise of the Clock.
LP: Good Morning Starshine (1969)
45: “Good Morning Starshine” b/w “Me And The Township” (Uni 55125) (1969)
LP: The Best Of Strawberry Alarm Clock (1970 compilation)
CD: Incense & Peppermints (1990 compilation)
CD: Strawberries Mean Love (1992 compilation)