Tuesday, October 4, 2016

The 2015/1967 Countdown - 10/4/2016 Update

Today, we return to our 1967's Super Spectacular Singles Superstars mix, and listen to another of the year's one-hit wonders, though in this case, much more was initially expected of the act.

When Columbia Records signed the Peanut Butter Conspiracy, they had high hopes that they had just hit the motherlode with the next Jefferson Airplane, and in some regards, they had every right to think this.

Not only was the band a psychedelic folk-rock quintet with a charismatic, counter-culture-channeling female lead in Barbara "Sandi" Robinson, but the band's prior drummer had been Spencer Dryden, who had just left the act to become the drummer for....you guessed it...the Jefferson Airplane.

But the label missed one thing, the Peanut Butter Conspiracy just weren't top-tier talented, especially on the songwriting front, and whatever rough of-the-moment edge they did possess was pretty much washed over on their debut album The Peanut Butter Conspiracy Is Spreading by producer Gary Usher's lush, clean, studio-musician augmented touches.

In the end, despite all the high hopes, things never took off for The Peanut Butter Conspiracy.

It's A Happening Thing would be the band's only song to make a dent in the charts.

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