It seems odd – to me anyway – that I had never previously hear this. I mean the song, sure. I know that. A staple from Nuggets, I often play it at DJ sets – and the Nuggets compilation has been a big deal in my life for a while. And yet I just simply left it there. Never bothered. Wasn’t curious, apparently.
Well, it’s a great album to delve into now – 29 minutes. Almost the perfect length. Especially for this type of jazzy, psychedelic garage-rock.
Word is the band was just bashing it out in an L.A. garage when a neighbourhood realtor passed the buzz on to a record-industry friend. I’m sure that’s not quite (exactly) it. But as stories go, it’s pretty good. Apparently the band’s energy was commendable but no one trusted their songwriting abilities. So some pro writers were called in and the signature hit, I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night) was meant as a dreamy, wafty, piano-led ballad of sorts. These guys didn’t want to do that. They wanted to twist it up, screw with it and spit it out in the way they did. And we must – of course – thank them for that. They launched a few careers with that song, even if their own career didn’t, in the scheme of things, go all that far. Still, it’s there now for anyone to hear with open ears. And I am really digging this album.