Sunday, September 16, 2012


Thee Sixpence was a garage rock/psych band that released a few singles in 1966-7 before recording "Incense And Peppermints", changing their name to Strawberry Alarm Clock, and achieving a fluke #1 hit. Most of the key musicians in the latter band were members at least part of the time in Thee Sixpence.
Their short musical journey

Beginning with "Long Days Care" b/w "Can't Explain" in the summer of 1966, Thee Sixpence went on to release a total of ten songs in roughly as many months. The last two of these, "The Birdman Of Alkatrash" b/w "Incense And Pepermints", were re-released by Uni after the band had changed their name to Strawberry Alarm Clock; the a- and b-sides of the record were also reversed, reflecting the rapidly growing popularity of the original single's b-side. All of Thee Sixpence's 45s were released on the small All American label, though at least one, "Fortune Teller" b/w "My Flash On You", was also released on Dot.

Musically, Thee Sixpence was a rambunctious garage/punk band in the mold of the Leaves, the Standells, and early Love. In fact, the band recorded two of Arthur Lee's songs from Love's eponymous 1966 debut LP, "Can't Explain" and "My Flash On You". (Another Thee Sixpence recording, of "Hey Joe", may be seen as a de facto third Love cover.) The ten songs available by Thee Sixpence show obvious and remarkable progress over the band's short career; where their first single is exciting but just manages to hold things together, by the end Thee Sixpence was experimenting with daring arrangements, varied song structures, and much more assured playing.

Along the way, Thee Sixpence also released a real lost psychedelic classic, the haunting, horrifying "In The Building". Strawberry Alarm Clock themselves rarely exceeded the weirdness of this piece, and although the recording is somewhat crude in a late-66 kind of way, "In The Building" benefits from its earnest, untutored performance.

Thee Sixpence eventually added Mark Weitz on keyboards, and the Strawberry Alarm Clock sound proper was borne. The band brought in Randy Seol on drums, and along with long-time members Ed King, Lee Freeman, and Gary Lovetro, the Clock was set and worldwide fame, not to mention further audacious musical explorations, were continued right under the noses of listeners everywhere.

Bio from the SAC website Redid this post added new tracks and more color to posts


Thee Sixpence.....

1 Long Days Care
2 Can't Explain
3 Fortune Teller
4 My Flash On You
5 In The Building
6 Hey Joe
7 Heart Full Of Rain
8 First Plane Home

Strawberry Alarm Clock

9 Incense And Peppermints
10 Birdman Of Alkatrash
11 The World On Fire

Bonus Tracks
Very rare recording of SAC in Miami 1969

B1 Unknown Title
B2 Miss Attraction
B3 Drums>Incense And Pepperments


Anonymous said...

Hello, very nice cartoon effect ! what software are you using to do this ?

24HRDEJAVU said...

Lou This is an image that used from the internet I left the original artist name intact. I use Photoscape for the work I do. It is very good and it is freeware

Anonymous said...

Thanks. In case anyone still doesn't know, Ed King somehow wound up in Lynyrd Skynyrd a few years later!

john said...

good music thank you

amusicalguy said...

Any chance to get this reuploaded? Thanks in advance!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this great share!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

The drummer's son is actor Corey Feldman.

Anonymous said...

Thanks, a lot for posting this up!!

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