Wednesday, August 30, 2006

The Electric Prunes - I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night) (1967)

In the late sixties there was an abundance of accomplished garage bands performing a fiery, fast-paced, rock and roll. They were essentially laying down the foundation for what, in the seventies and eighties, would become punk.

History and circumstances were kind to some of these groups, while others unfortunately fell through the cracks.

One of the bands that, due to internal strife, fell through those cracks was the Electric Prunes. While they scored a couple of hits with I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night) and Get Me To the World on Time, much to the public's detriment their album cuts went largely ignored.

While today much of their music does sound a bit dated, heavy on the organs trippy drug influenced lyrics-- but on the whole this music is merely a product of the era in which it was recorded.

Whether it's the infectious bass of Are You Lovin Me More (But Enjoying it Less), or the catchy Eastern-European sounding Sold to the Highest Bidder with a catchy upbeat tempo and high pitched notes there's a sense of musical adventurousness to their material that betrays the brevity of their musical influence.

Had the original line-up not imploded shortly after the release of this album this is a group that could have gone on to have had an influence comparable to the likes of groups like the Rolling Stones or Pink Floyd (it's not entirely a stretch considering much of the material has a similar style and feel to Syd Barrett era Pink Floyd).

Related Articles
I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night) and Get Me To the World On Time (live on The Hit Show)

The Electric Prunes (AMG Overview)
The Electric Prunes (Wikipedia entry)
I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night) (AMG Album Review)
I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night) (Wikipedia entry)


Charlie said...

You have no idea how impressed I am that I guy your age knows the Electric Prunes.

Perplexio said...

charlie: for my next trick I'll be reviewing the Chocolate Watch Band... Are you familiar with them at all?

David Amulet said...

Hmm, never even heard of them. You are doing us all a public service.

-- david

Will said...

Awesome band ... thanks for getting the word out there.

Bruce said...

Wow... I haven't heard that name in years. I remember being very intrigued by the title song(I was so naive in my teen years). It is too bad they couldn't have stayed around longer.

Hmm...the first five letters of my word verification were angst. interesting...

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