Ultimate Spinach

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.


About Marcus

Who me? Introverted, neurotic, self-absorbed, increasingly cynical observer of human nature and part time social critic in hiding. Most of my life spent avoiding growing up. The naive idealistic passions of youth have evolved into the eclectic eccentricities of adulthood. Northeast Florida small-town native, related to people I can't relate to. Simultaneously my own best friend and worst enemy. Politically and spiritually unaffiliated, my personal ideologies put me all over the map or off it completely.
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2 Responses to Ultimate Spinach

  1. felixwas says:

    I’m interested in hearing more about that Mothers/Spinach link.

    • marcsuttle says:

      One music critic made the observation about who the Mothers were targeting with ‘Money'(there were several possibilities). Also, the Ultimate Spinach leader and principal songwriter/lyricist said he was in in it for artistic reasons but accused the others of only being “in it for the money”.

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