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Encyclopedia > Strawberry Alarm Clock
Strawberry Alarm Clock
Strawberry Alarm Clock in 2007
Strawberry Alarm Clock in 2007
Background information
Origin Los Angeles
Genre(s) psychedelic rock
Years active 1967-1971, 1980s, 2007
Label(s) Big Beat UK, Mca Special Products, One Way Records Inc, Collector's Choice Music
Website Official Website
Former members
Ed King
Mark Weitz
Lee Freeman
Gary Lovetro
and Randy Seol

Strawberry Alarm Clock was a psychedelic rock band from Los Angeles, known for their 1967 hit "Incense and Peppermints". They are often thought of as a "one-hit wonder", although they charted two Top 40 songs. FM104 is an Independent Local Radio station broadcast across Dublin, Ireland, on the frequency FM104. ... The Strawberry Alarm Clock is the breakfast time programme on Dublin Independent Local Radio station FM104. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 370 pixelsFull resolution (1109 × 513 pixel, file size: 139 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) (All user names refer to en. ... Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Psychedelic rock is a style of rock music that attempts to replicate the mind-altering experiences of hallucinogenic drugs. ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... Ed King Ed King (born September 14, 1949 in Glendale, California) is an American musician. ... Psychedelic rock is a style of rock music that attempts to replicate the mind-altering experiences of hallucinogenic drugs. ... In music, a band is a group of musicians, or musical ensemble, usually popular or folk, playing parts of a musical arrangement. ... Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ... Incense and Peppermints is a song by Strawberry Alarm Clock. ... For other uses, see One hit wonder (disambiguation). ...


The group originally consisted of Ed King (lead guitar), Mark Weitz (keyboards), Lee Freeman (rhythm guitar), Gary Lovetro (bass), and Randy Seol (drums). On their first and most famous single, "Incense and Peppermints", none of the band wanted to sing songwriter John Carter's lyrics, so lead vocals were sung by Greg Munford, a 16-year-old friend of the band. The song reached #1 on the Billboard pop singles chart in late 1967. Ed King was denied songwriting credit by the band's producer because he did not write the melody line or the lyrics, which were by John Carter and did not appeal to the band. After that success the band added George Bunnell (bass and rhythm guitar) before making their first LP in 1967, also titled Incense and Peppermints, which hit #11 on the album charts. Bunnell would also become their main songwriter. Some early Strawberry Alarm Clock songs were penned by George Bunnell and Steve Bartek (who would much later join Oingo Boingo). Bartek played flute on the first two albums, but could not join the band because of school. Ed King Ed King (born September 14, 1949 in Glendale, California) is an American musician. ... Lead guitar refers to a role within a band, that provides melody or melodic material, as opposed to the rhythm of the rhythm guitar, bass, and drums. ... This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Rhythm guitar is a guitar that is primarily used to provide rhythmic and harmonic accompaniment for a singer or for other instruments in an ensemble. ... For other kinds of drums, see drum (disambiguation). ... Incense and Peppermints is a song by Strawberry Alarm Clock. ... “Hot 100” redirects here. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Oingo Boingo (disambiguation). ...


During the band's short life, it saw many lineup changes. Gary Lovetro left the band before the second album, Wake Up... It's Tomorrow, (also 1967). The single "Tomorrow" from this album was a minor hit and their only other top 40 appearance, reaching #23 in early 1968. "Sit with the Guru" charted at #65 and "Barefoot in Baltimore" charted at #67, but both had lyrics that were written for them, the latter song being particularly annoying to the band, turning what they considered a challenging rock instrumental into an embarrassing pop song. "Tomorrow" was the only hit that was fully the band's. George and Randy left the band in 1968 and original "Incense and Peppermints" drummer, Gene Gunnels, rejoined along with new lead singer, Jim Pitman. In 1969, Pitman left, and was replaced by Paul Marshall. For a short time Jeremy Levine, after his departure from the Seeds, briefly replaced Lee Freeman on rhythm guitar during the summer of 1968. Although the group followed up with more LPs in 1968 (The World in a Seashell, with two songs Carole King was hired to write by the band's producer) and 1969 (Good Morning Starshine, a bluesier album with its title track derived from Hair) the band had begun to fall apart and the audience was mostly gone. In various forms the group managed to keep performing until 1971, when it finally broke up. The Seeds were a 1960s rock and roll band whose raw and abrasive energy and simple, repetitive lyrics came to exemplify the garage rock style. ... Rhythm guitar is a guitar that is primarily used to provide rhythmic and harmonic accompaniment for a singer or for other instruments in an ensemble. ... Carole King (born February 9, 1942) is an American singer, songwriter, and pianist. ... This article is about the musical. ...


Strawberry Alarm Clock made two notable appearances in films, first in the 1968 Jack Nicholson movie Psych-Out, where they played several songs, including "Incense and Peppermints", "Rainy Day Mushroom Pillow", and "The Pretty Song From Psych-Out", and then in the 1970 Russ Meyer camp classic Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. This article is about motion pictures. ... Nicholson as Wilbur Force in The Little Shop of Horrors (1960). ... Psych-Out is a 1968 film about the hippies years and drugs. ... For the baseball player, see Russ Meyer (baseball player). ... Beyond the Valley of the Dolls is a 1970 film starring Dolly Read, Cynthia Myers, Erica Gavin, Edy Williams, Marcia McBroom, John LaZar, and Michael Blodgett. ...


Ed King went on to join Lynyrd Skynyrd. Several members of Strawberry Alarm Clock reunited in the 1980s to perform on oldies concert tours. The first reunion occurred when guitarist Lee Freeman spotted a newspaper ad promoting an appearance by the Strawberry Alarm Clock at a Los Angeles music club. Original member Freeman knew nothing about this gig, and went to the club to investigate. There, he discovered that the advertisement had actually been a plot by the club's owners, to get the real band to reunite. Lynyrd Skynyrd (pronounced lĕh-nérd skin-nérd) (pronounced ) is an iconic U.S. Southern rock band. ... The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... A concert comprises a performance, usually involving some degree of formality, and particularly a performance featuring music. ...


The original band lineup reunited to perform an approximately one-hour set at the Virginia Theatre in Champaign, IL, on April 29, 2007. The event was part of the last day of Roger Ebert's ninth annual Overlooked Film Festival and was preceded by a screening of Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. The band has gone on to play several other gigs in 2007. Roger Joseph Ebert (born June 18, 1942) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American film critic. ... Roger Eberts Overlooked Film Festival, commonly referred to as Ebertfest, is a film festival held each April in Champaign, Illinois organized by the College of Communications at the University of Illinois. ... Beyond the Valley of the Dolls is a 1970 film starring Dolly Read, Cynthia Myers, Erica Gavin, Edy Williams, Marcia McBroom, John LaZar, and Michael Blodgett. ...


Discography

  • various singles as Thee Sixpence (1965)
  • Incense and Peppermints (1967)
  • Wake Up... It's Tomorrow (1968)
  • The World in a Sea Shell (1968)
  • Good Morning Starshine (1969)
  • The Best of the Strawberry Alarm Clock (1970) (compilation with 2 new tracks)
  • Changes (1971) (compilation)
  • Incense and Peppermints (1990) (MCA Special Products compilation)
  • Strawberries Mean Love (1992) (compilation)
  • The Strawberry Alarm Clock Anthology (1993) (compilation)

Their music also appeared on the soundtracks of Psych-Out and Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. Psych-Out is a 1968 film about the hippies years and drugs. ... Beyond the Valley of the Dolls is a 1970 film starring Dolly Read, Cynthia Myers, Erica Gavin, Edy Williams, Marcia McBroom, John LaZar, and Michael Blodgett. ...


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Strawberry Alarm Clock (1451 words)
This was the debut Strawberry Alarm Clock album — the title track topped the national singles charts in December of 1967.
Prior to the Strawberry Alarm Clock, the band was initially named Thee Sixpence and issued a 45 — "In the Building" b/w "Hey Joe" — in the spring of 1966.
As the entire Strawberry Alarm Clock catalog has been out of print since the mid-'70s, the only way to get these albums is to buy the somewhat pricey Japanese imports.
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