EXPERIENCE PSYCHEDELIC ROCK HISTORY
– I HAD TOO MUCH TO DREAM LAST NIGHT –
THE ELECTRIC PRUNES
November 1966 – 2:56
The Top 13 Historic & Classic 1960s Psychedelic Songs Count-Down
is based on ascending order of release dates – not on popularity or chart position.
The only exception is #1
This is #12
Synchronicity at work; forty-six years ago this month the Electric Prunes released “I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night).
Coming right on the heels of the Yardbirds’ “Happenings Ten Years Time Ago” by one month: the Electric Prunes brought true Psychedelic Rock to #11 on the U.S. charts!
Juxtaposing the obvious play on “I had too much to drink last night” of our parents’ generation the Electric Prunes clearly let the world know what our generation was about; not mind-numbing alcohol consumption but mind-expanding altered state experiences.
From the now iconic and classic electric guitar vibrato opening – (those first 12 seconds are immortal) – to the echo chamber vocals to the build, the break and the fall-into-the-abyss echo to the highly visual and dreamy movie imagery of the lyrics written by Annette Tucker and Nancie Mantz to the unique use of the autoharp; this song was a perfect psychedelic model of what was to come.
Everything about this song is saturated in pure psychedelia – and while many of the “Incense and Peppermints” Flower Power songs and psychedelic garage punk songs were very cool in their own right – IHTMTDLN seemed to come from a psychedelic-experienced heart that conveyed real emotion.
In any case, this truly is a historic and classic psychedelic song that has become a representative touchstone of the beginning of the Psychedelic Era and is still fresh, thrilling and a groove to hear as it was also a solid Rock ‘n’ Roller!
00individual’s Tribal Truth:
Forget the Wiki-interpretation of this song – they’re wrong.
The singer clearly states that each time he’s about to make contact with the mysterious woman – she is gone, gone, gone. Why? Because she was a Dream therefore the reason he’s “not ready to face the light” is because of the Coitus Interruptus of the mysterious woman dream state that he never consummates. Bummer.
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