Album no. 101/1001
The Electric Prunes were another group whose name sort of started as a joke. These guys were from California, and thought of themselves as part of the psychedelic rock scene.
After this album, the band decided to try something a little different and recorded a concept album entirely in Latin, inspired by Gregorian music from the middle ages. Suffice to say, it was not successful.
Have you listened to this album before?
CL: No. Great name though, let’s be real.
NK: I sure haven’t.
CL: Their song ‘Lovin Me More (But Enjoying It Less)’ sounds an awful lot like the inspiration behind the Ramones song ‘She’s the One’. The chorus does anyway.
NK: Ok, so. Two songs stood out, and not in a good way. We’ve talked a bit recently about songs on albums that were really jarring? That didn’t seem to fit in with everything else? Well ladies and gentlemen, I’d like to introduce you to ‘The King Is In The Counting House’ and ‘The Toonerville Trolley’! What are they doing here? NOBODY KNOWS. ‘Toonerville Trolley’ is a weirdo barroom piano track about (I think) a hobo, and ‘King Is In The Counting House’ is…I don’t really know. It’s sort of a nursery rhyme? Like ‘Sing a Song of Sixpence’? It’s set to the prunes’ approximation of medieval music, and talks about the king not tucking his kids in at night? I don’t know, the rest is decent enough, but those two really freaked me out. I liked ‘Luvin’, but that could be because it was right after the queen in her parlour, eating bread and honey. The first few songs are fine, but the last few went a bit off the rails.
CL: There is NOTHING here to get excited about. Those weird ones really ruin it for everyone. The songs just don’t stand out.
When would be the best time to listen to this?
CL: Let’s be real. Probably don’t bother guys.
NK: I listened to this at work while trying to get the size of a PDF file down, and boy do I not recommend it for that. If your ideal album is a lower quality version of ‘Midnight Ride’ but with a couple of random Donovan songs thrown in, this is the album for you.
Why has this album been included on the list?
CL: Some of the songs on here sound a bit like a cleaner version of The Monks (‘Sold To The Highest Bidder’) which isn’t a bad thing, but they’re just not as good.
NK: Hopefully because it’s the last gasp of albums that have random collections of songs on them. I’m not hopeful though.
Will you be listening again?
CL: NOPE. I have no desire to listen to this again.
NK: Hard pass.
Listen to I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night on Spotify or buy it in iTunes.