1967 The Electric Prunes – I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)
The Sanctions were a surf band formed in 1965. James Lowe sang lead vocals and played harmonica, percussion, theremin, guitar, and autoharp. Ken Williams played lead guitar and Mark Tulin played bass and keyboards. Several other members came and went while the band became Jim and the Lords.
The band began working with recording engineer Dave Hassinger, who had recently completed work on a Rolling Stones album. Dave insisted they change their name, and the band became The Electric Prunes in 1966. The band’s focus moved from surf music to early psychedelic sounds.
The group’s first single came and went without charting, but it impressed Reprise Records enough to get them to sign the band to a recording contract. The group’s second single gave them their first hit. I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night) peaked at #11 on the Hot 100 in early 1967.
The psychedelic sound with their fuzz bass was unique enough to get them booked on a series of television shows, including American Bandstand and The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.
The next single from their first album used distorted sound effects. Get Me To The World On Time did not fare as well. The record reached #27 on the Hot 100 later in 1967. The band never charted on the Hot 100 again after that hit.
Several vastly different lineups followed as the band continued creating more psychedelic recordings and some experimental music. The group recorded a total of five albums before it completely disbanded in 1970.
Several of the original members of the band reformed the band in 1999 and began recording new material. They released their last studio album in 2014. Several members of the group have died since then.
Lead singer James Lowe still continues to lead a touring band and is the only remaining member from their 1965 lineup.
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