Emerging from the haze of the 1960s came a genre of rock unlike any other. Here, eight psychedelic rock songs and the stories behind their creation.
The rapid rise in popularity of psychedelic rock in the 1960s and early 1970s had a lot to do with the drug culture—but it didn't mean the genre was devoid of creativity and deeper meaning.
The classic songs that arose from this hallucinogenic era involved experiments in everything from unconventional guitar riffs to tape splicing. The result was a genre of music unlike any other.
Here, 8 psychedelic rock songs and the "far out" stories behind their creation.
Strawberry Alarm Clock's "Incense and Peppermints" (1967)
As it turns out, the lead vocals on Strawberry Alarm Clock's biggest hit didn't come from any of the band members.
Reportedly, the band's two singers resented their producer's decision to commission lyrics from outside the group and, as a result, they didn't put any effort into singing on the hit track.
Since it was slotted for side B of their album Recess: School's Out, they didn't object when it was suggested that 16-year-old Greg Munford—a musician and friend of the band—sing the lyrics instead.
"They asked him to try it, and it was right in his wheelhouse," George Bunnell, the bassist/rhythm guitarist, told LA Weekly. "So he did it and it was exactly how you hear it. Then the song started to have success [and] they asked Greg Munford if he wanted to be in the band. He didn't...he had his own thing. The band went off and never had the lead singer of that song in the band. Completely stupid."
The song "Incense and Peppermints" would go on to hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. For live performances, drummer Randy Seol sang the lead vocals and on some occasions even lip-synched to Munford's original recorded vocals.
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