It was just another football victory dance during the late fall of my junior year in high school. Let me add that we had victory dances whether we won or lost. Since I did not have a girlfriend at the time, nor any prospects of one in the immediate future, I just sat and listened to the music. It is amazing what the mind remembers and what it discards, but I remember the dee-jay announcing that he was going to play a brand new single. It was my first exposure to the Electric Prunes as “I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)” blasted from the speakers. It was like nothing in my modest record collection at the time, but a few days later I tracked down a copy at a local record store. It was one of my first excursions outside the British Invasion and American pop sounds of the day, as it introduced me to psychedelic and garage rock.
The band literally had two careers before disbanding. During the late 1960s they came under the tutelage of David Axelrod and issued two fascinating and what best can be described as art rock albums. Mass in F Minor and Release Of An Oath used different musicians than their early Reprise label line-up of vocalist James Lowe, lead guitarist Ken Williams, guitarist James Spagnola, bassist Mark Tulin, and drummer Preston Ritter. Lowe, Williams, and Tulin reformed the band during 2003.
The Electric Prunes would only have two singles reach the Billboard Magazine Pop Singles Chart. The aforementioned “I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night” and the gritty “Get Me To The World On Time” would be the extent of their commercial success. While I bought a couple of their singles in addition to their two hits, little did I realize that they continued to issue singles long after their success had waned in the United States.