Strawberry Alarm Clock ¦ Good Morning Starshine

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Good Morning Starshine is the fourth album by American psychedelic rock band Strawberry Alarm Clock, released in 1969 on Uni Records (see 1969 in music). It featured a considerably altered lineup and a departure from the sound on the group's past psychedelic pop works, toward blues rock. The album itself failed to chart, but a single, "Good Morning Starshine", peaked in the lower reaches of the Billboard Hot 100.


Lineup changes within Strawberry Alarm Clock began with drummer Randy Seol and bassist George Bunnell, who were both aboard for the group's first three albums, but departed after the release of their third album, The World in a Sea Shell, near the end of 1968. However, ex-manager Bill Holmes, who was fired for incompetency, offered the two former members, along with three other musicians, a deal to form another Strawberry Alarm Clock and tour under that moniker. After multiple legal disputes, in which Holmes eventually withdrew his version of the band, promoters were confused over which incarnation of the group was authentic, and refused to book either one.[1] In the meantime, the band found replacements in singer/guitarist Jimmy Pitman and drummer Marty Katin. Pitman assumed duties as lead guitarist and Ed King moved over to bass guitar, which he had already played on some material on Strawberry Alarm Clock's second and third albums. Katin was unable to gel with the group and, without recording with the band, was replaced by Gene Gunnels, who had appeared on the number one hit "Incense and Peppermints".[2]

Good Morning Starshine was the first album produced by the band members. According to keyboardist Mark Weitz, "It was the first time Ed and I produced an album without any help. I say Ed and I because we were interested in doing it, and worked well together, right down to the mixdowns. It was the first time either of us had the chance of really controlling the sound from beginning to end".[2] With Pitman at the helm as one of the prime songwriters, the band began to branch out from their closely associated brand of psychedelic pop to a hard-edged take on blues rock. Pitman's twangy instrumentals and soulful vocals were, in part, a reason for their direction change. More importantly, the band had been lacking a hit single and had hopes that expressing their versatility would appeal to their fan base. Strawberry Alarm Clock did not totally depart from the sound featured on their past albums, as evident with the tracks "Small Package", "(You Put Me On) Stand By", and "Dear Joy".[3]

Upon release, Good Morning Starshine failed to chart, though their title single managed to peak at number 87 on the Billboard Hot 100, but was severely out-charted by Oliver's version, which had reached number three.[4] It was the only track not produced by the group, originating from the counterculture musical, Hair. As Weitz explains, "[UNI's] attitude at the time was, 'Let's give them one more chance to squeeze out a hit. If they fail, then it's over.' I think it was a miscalculation on 'Good Morning Starshine.' We played well on the music track, we all personally disliked the song as not being our style – that's an understatement – [but] recorded it anyway. Oliver's version came out before ours, and we were killed! That was the end of the line".[2] Strawberry Alarm Clock released several additional non-album singles throughout 1969 and 1970, and appeared in the film, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, but could never match their past popularity and disbanded from 1971 through 1974.[5]

Track listing

All tracks composed by Ed King, Gene Gunnels, Jimmy Pitman, Lee Freeman, Mark Weitz; except where indicated.

Side one

  1. "Me and the Township" (Jimmy Pitman) – 3:14
  2. "Off Ramp Road Tramp" – 4:15
  3. "Small Package" – 3:58
  4. "Hog Child" – 5:06
  5. "Miss Attraction" – 4:27

Side two

  1. "Good Morning Starshine" (Galt MacDermot, Gerome Ragni, James Rado) – 2:20
  2. "Miss Attraction" – 2:39
  3. "Write Your Name in Gold" (Jimmy Pitman) – 3:32
  4. "(You Put Me On) Standby" – 2:20
  5. "Dear Joy" (Jimmy Pitman) – 3:15
  6. "Changes" – 5:15

1997 Japanese CD reissue

The 1997 Japanese CD reissue contained seven extra tracks, mostly derived from non-album singles.

  1. "Desiree" (Mark Weitz, Jimmy Pitman) – 3:03
  2. "I Climbed the Mountain" (Carl Friberg, Ira Gasman) – 3:02
  3. "Three" (Ed King, Lee Freeman) – 2:19
  4. "Starting Out the Day" (Jimmy Pitman) – 2:41
  5. "California Day" (Tom Jackman) – 2:46
  6. "Girl from the City" (Paul Marshall) – 2:36
  7. "Good Morning Starshine" [mono 45 mix] (Galt MacDermot, Gerome Ragni, James Rado) – 2:23


  • Jimmy Pitman – lead vocals, lead guitar
  • Mark Weitz – keyboards, backing vocals
  • Gene Gunnels – drums
  • Ed King – bass guitar, guitar, backing vocals
  • Lee Freeman – rhythm guitar, bass guitar, harmonica, vocals


  1. ^ "Good Morning Starshine (CD booklet)". Universal Records. 1997. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |url= (help)
  2. ^ a b c Unterberger, Richie. "LINER NOTES FOR THE STRAWBERRY ALARM CLOCK'S GOOD MORNING STARSHINE". Retrieved July 11, 2015.
  3. ^ "Good Morning Starshine (1969 album)". Retrieved July 11, 2015.
  4. ^ Planer, Lindsay. "Good Morning Starshine – Review". AllMusic. Retrieved July 11, 2015.
  5. ^ Eder, Bruce. "Strawberry Alarm Clock – Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved July 11, 2015.


Veröffentlichungen von Strawberry Alarm Clock die im OTRS erhältlich sind/waren:

Good Morning Starshine ¦ The World In A Sea Shell

Strawberry Alarm Clock auf Wikipedia (oder andere Quellen):

Strawberry Alarm Clock waren eine Psychedelic-Rock-Gruppe, die Mitte der 1960er Jahre in Los Angeles, Kalifornien gegründet wurde. Ihren größten Erfolg hatten sie 1967 mit dem Millionenseller Incense and Peppermints.


Nachdem die Band zunächst erfolglos unter dem Namen Thee Sixpence gearbeitet hatte, wurde ihre erste Single Incense and Peppermints[1] 1967 ein Nummer-1 Hit in den Billboard-Charts.[2] Insgesamt hielt sich die Single 16 Wochen in den Charts, davon eine Woche auf dem ersten Rang.[3] Das im Anschluss aufgenommene und veröffentlichte gleichnamige Album erreichte Platz 11.[4] Besonders erwähnenswert im Zusammenhang mit der Single ist die Tatsache, dass der Leadgesang nicht von einem der Bandmitglieder stammte, sondern von Greg Munford, einem 16-jährigen Freund der Band, welcher eher zufällig bei den Sessions anwesend war.

Es kam in der Folge häufig zu Neubesetzungen in der Band (zeitweise waren zwei Bassisten im Lineup), trotzdem erreichte die Single aus dem zweiten Album, Tomorrow im Frühjahr 1968 Platz 23. Zwei weitere Singles aus diesem Album schafften es in die Hot 100, und mit der Coverversion Good Morning Starshine aus dem Musical Hair folgte 1969 ihr letzter kleiner Charterfolg.

Die Band trat Ende der 1960er Jahre nicht nur in verschiedenen Fernsehshows auf, sie hatten auch Auftritte in den Spielfilmen Psych-Out (1968) und im Russ-Meyer-Film Blumen ohne Duft (1970). Die Band löste sich nach Querelen mit dem Management und Streitigkeiten über Erlösbeteiligungen 1971 auf, Gründungsmitglied und Gitarrist Ed King wechselte daraufhin zu Lynyrd Skynyrd. In den 1980er Jahren gaben ehemalige Bandmitglieder einige Konzerte unter dem alten Bandnamen, 2007 kam es auf einem von Roger Ebert veranstalteten Filmfestival zu einem Konzert in der Originalbesetzung. In der Folge spielte die Band auch weitere Konzerte.



  • 1967: Incense and Peppermints
  • 1968: Wake Up…It’s Tomorrow
  • 1968: The World in a Sea Shell
  • 1969: Good Morning Starshine


  • 1970: The Best of the Strawberry Alarm Clock
  • 1971: Changes
  • 1990: Incense and Peppermints
  • 1992: Strawberries Mean Love
  • 1993: The Strawberry Alarm Clock Anthology


  • 1967: Incense and Peppermints
  • 1968: Tomorrow
  • 1968: Sit with the Guru
  • 1968: Barefoot in Baltimore
  • 1968: Sea Shell
  • 1969: Stand By
  • 1969: Good Morning Starshine
  • 1969: Desiree
  • 1969: Small Package
  • 1969: I Climbed the Mountain
  • 1970: California Day
  • 1970: Girl from the City



  1. Text und Musik: John Carter und Tim Gilbert; Produzenten: Frank Slay und Bill Holmes; US-Katalognummer: UNI 55018
  2. Nähere Informationen zu dem Titel siehe: Bronson, Fred: The Billboard Book of Number One Hits. 3. überarbeitete und erweiterte Aufl. New York City, New York: Billboard Publications, 1992, S. 232
  3. Whitburn, Joel: Top Pop Singles 1955-1993. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Ltd., 1994, S. 577
  4. Whitburn, Joel: Top Pop Albums 1955-1996. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Ltd., 1996, S. 751
  6. Auszeichnungen für Musikverkäufe: US

Strawberry Alarm Clock ¦ Good Morning Starshine
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