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Strawberry Alarm Clock was a psychedelic rock band from Los Angeles, California, best known for their 1967 hit “Incense And Peppermints”. The group’s name is a reference to The Beatles’ song “Strawberry Fields Forever”. The band 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”, lead vocals were sung by Greg Munford, a 16-year-old friend of the band.

Strawberry Alarm Clock’s song reached on the Billboard pop singles chart in late 1967, and it has since been included in many mutli-artist collections and also appeared in many films as an iconic tune of the ‘swinging sixties’. After that success, the band added George Bunnell (bass and rhythm guitar) before making their first LP in 1967, also titled ‘Incense and Peppermints’. Bunnell would also become their main songwriter.


Strawberry Alarm Clock occupies a peculiar niche in the history of '60s rock. Their name is as well known to anyone who lived through the late-'60s psychedelic era as that of almost any group one would care to mention, mostly out of its sheer, silly trippiness as a name and their one major hit, "Incense and Peppermints," which today is virtually the tonal equivalent of a Summer of Love flashback. But there was a real group there, with members who had played for a long time on the Southern California band scene, who were proficient on their instruments and who sang well and generated four whole LPs of which at least three were worth hearing more than once.

Membership changes were many. which sadly foretold the band’s falling fortunes. Gary Lovetro left the band before their second album, ‘Wake Up It’s Tomorrow’, which was also released in 1967. Their single from that album, “Tomorrow”, was a minor hit and their only other top 40 appearance, reaching #23 in early 1968. Although the group followed up with more LPs in 1968 (‘The World in a Seashell’) and 1969 (‘Good Morning Starshine’), Strawberry Alarm Clock had begun to fall apart and their audience was mostly gone The group managed to keep performing in various forms until 1971, when Strawberry Alarm Clock finally broke up.


Strawberry Alarm Clock is 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, and five Top 100 songs.
The original band lineup reunited to perform an approximately one-hour set at the Virginia Theatre in Champaign, IL, on April 29, 2007.

 

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