I found this album at a thrift shop yesterday for $1.00 and couldn’t resist. Part of an effort to put ‘Bosstown’ (Boston) on the map musically, they ended up as one of the targets for The Mother of Invention’s album ‘We’re Only In It For The Money’. Having a weird name didn’t hurt in those days; Chocolate Watch Band, Strawberry Alarm Clock, 13th Floor Elevators, however most critics considered Ultimate Spinach a second (or third) rate rip-off of “real” psychedelic groups of the time(1968) but with lyrics like-
“cobweb’s songs destroy the silence
that threatens beauty’s violence, in my mind
the tears have flowed like velvet thunder
smiles are shattered and torn asunder, then I find
that I’ve been everyone, every place, every time, but now”
after initially saying “huh?” you realize they were so bad they were good. Okay, maybe only with an acid-flashback sense of humor.