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Editors’ Notes

The Electric Prunes’ second studio offering, Underground, found the L.A. quintet with more creative freedom due to the success of "I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night)" and “Get Me to the World on Time”—the two hits from their preceding debut. Getting to write nearly half the songs here didn’t yield any comparable smash singles, but it did let Underground play with the creative sophistication and cohesive flow of an album. “The Great Banana Hoax” opens with a reedy Farfisa organ replacing the band’s signature overdriven, fuzz-tone guitar leads, as James Lowe croons romantically over Joe Dooley’s seductive tribal drumming. The following “Children of Rain” deviates from teenage go-go garage rock to deliver a more mature psych ballad overflowing with folk-rock rooted harmonies akin to The Byrds. Similarly, “Antique Doll” has a spooky atmosphere of swirling guitar noise that creates a proto-shoegazing ambience as Lowe sings surreal poetry, likening his troubled muse to a creepy old doll. The band turns Goffin/King’s “I Happen to Love You” into an acid-rock serenade.

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A Fuzz Tone Festival

Drenched in fuzz and reverb, this lp remains an overlooked classic. The idiosyncratic songs put the Prunes outside of the more mainsteam garage rock of their day and probably dissappointed fans looking for another "I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night" from their first album, although the mood is the same. Subsequent albums released as The Electric Prunes lacked the original band members and appeal. Deep Cuts for your psychedelic library!

Here You Find One Of The Great "Unheard Songs Of The 60's"!!!

While this is a better "album on the whole" than the Prunes' first offering, it does not offer any of the hit singles that the band had already accumulated from their first long player. The hidden gem here is one of the great "Unheard Songs Of The Sixties": "Everybody Knows You're Not In Love". This is possibly the Prunes at their most commecially catchiest...and yet the song never charted as a single. Many may be familiar with it from one of the many Rhino "Nuggets" packages...

OK . . . . . that's it

no more Electric Prunes . . . . . . .

Biography

Formed: 1965 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '00s, '10s

Though they got considerable input from talented L.A. songwriters and producers, with their two big hits penned by outside sources, the Electric Prunes did by and large play the music on their records, their first lineup writing some respectable material of their own. On their initial group of recordings, they produced a few great psychedelic garage songs, especially the scintillating "I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night," which mixed distorted guitars and pop hooks with inventive, oscillating reverb....
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  • Genres: Rock, Music, Psychedelic
  • Released: Aug 1967

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