“I’m Comin’ Home” is a Strawberry Alarm Clock song released only on the soundtrack of the 1971 movie Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls. It represents the final release from the final classic version of the band, who broke up soon after the movie’s release.
“I’m Comin’ Home” is a pretty nice slice of catchy guitar-driven rock, a little more distorted even than usual but mixed rather low. There is also a nice guitar solo towards the end of the song. Lead singer Paul Marshall again proves competent but unremarkable. There is a curious air of resignation to the track; it’s not a bad song at all, and the band gets through it with nice panache, but they sound just uninspired enough to drag the song down. Much of this can be attributed to the vocals, which waver too much and are too thin to rouse the song sufficiently.
What it ultimately sounds like is a druggy, rather nightmarish performance by a zoned-out rock band circa 1970. How true that is, I don’t know, but taken on those terms, the song is rather a lot of fun. The drumming, for example, is lively enough with its busy little fills to keep the rhythm track interesting; the crunchy, unadorned guitar sound is refreshing next to some of the band’s concurrent soft-rock like “I Climbed The Mountain”; and there is a pretty cool slowed-down, spacey section in the middle of the song to break things up a little. Furthermore, the dramatic choruses are really cool, and the intro to the song, with Marshall holding forth passionately (well, as passionate as he ever got) over the band, is great. “I’m Comin’ Home” is like “Miss Attraction”‘s older, more stoned brother.
LP: Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls soundtrack (1971)