Strawberry Alarm Clock

Strawberry Alarm Clock was a psychedelic rock band from Los Angeles, best known for their 1967 hit "Incense and Peppermints" and their appearance in the film Beyond The Valley of the Dolls.

The group originally consisted of Ed King (lead guitar), Mark Weitz (keyboards), Lee Freeman (guitar), Gary Lovetro (bass), and Randy Seol (drums). Interestingly, on their first and most famous single, "Incense and Peppermints," lead vocals were sung by Greg Munford, a 16-year-old friend of the band. After that success the band added George Bunnell (bass and rhythm guitar) before making their first LP in 1967. Bunnell would also become their main songwriter. Membership changes were many. Gary Lovetro left the band before the second album, Wake Up It's Tomorrow, (also 1967). Although the group followed up with more LPs in 1968 (The World in a Seashell) and 1969 (Good Morning Starshine) the band had begun to fall apart and the audience was mostly gone. In various forms the group managed to keep performing until 1971, when the band finally broke up. Ed King went on to join Lynyrd Skynyrd and several members of Strawberry Alarm Clock reunited in the '80s to perform on oldies tours.


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Ed King went on to join Lynyrd Skynyrd and several members of Strawberry Alarm Clock reunited in the '80s to perform on oldies tours. Although "Cigaro", a song leaked from the upcoming Mesmerize/Hypnotize release, isn't officially a single, it has been played on the radio, specifically the Los Angeles, California station KROQ in early 2005. In various forms the group managed to keep performing until 1971, when the band finally broke up. Guitarist Daron Malakian was quoted in the magazine Guitar World as saying that he was glad that System of a Down had not slipped into the nu metal genre. Although the group followed up with more LPs in 1968 (The World in a Seashell) and 1969 (Good Morning Starshine) the band had begun to fall apart and the audience was mostly gone. Adding to this, the band toured with Ozzfest, a festival that is typically features many up and coming nu metal bands. Gary Lovetro left the band before the second album, Wake Up It's Tomorrow, (also 1967). This can be attributed to the release of their first album, which occured during the nu metal boom of the mid-to-late 90's.

Bunnell would also become their main songwriter. Membership changes were many. System of a Down have been labelled as nu metal by fans and media since their incarnation. After that success the band added George Bunnell (bass and rhythm guitar) before making their first LP in 1967. These arguments are also counteracted by the fact that they have not included rap in any of their songs, a typical, if not defining, characteristic of nu metal, but instead use occasional screams and growls that are typical of death metal. Another typical component of nu metal, the turntable, is not part of the band's instrumentation. Interestingly, on their first and most famous single, "Incense and Peppermints," lead vocals were sung by Greg Munford, a 16-year-old friend of the band. It is argued by some that System of a Down rarely feature guitar solos and have typical nu metal song structure (verse, chorus, verse, chorus, bridge, chorus), and thus should be considered a nu metal band. The group originally consisted of Ed King (lead guitar), Mark Weitz (keyboards), Lee Freeman (guitar), Gary Lovetro (bass), and Randy Seol (drums). A common debate amongst System fans and heavy metal fans in general, is the topic of the band's genre: Are they nu metal (a term which to some people brings negative connotations) or is their music easier described as simply heavy metal?.

Strawberry Alarm Clock was a psychedelic rock band from Los Angeles, best known for their 1967 hit "Incense and Peppermints" and their appearance in the film Beyond The Valley of the Dolls. In early January, 2005, a new track called "Cigaro" was leaked onto the Internet (some say it was leaked by the band itself, considering it was leaked onto a web page which featured a "mesmerizing" spiral and was performed by the band at their Big Day Out appearances several days after the leak) to praise from fans. The dates and order of release for these two albums were somewhat controversial among fans and fan sites in early 2005, as some believed that the release was to be in the opposite order and the first one was to come out in April. Mesmerize will be released in May while Hypnotize will be released approximately four months after. They are Mesmerize and Hypnotize.

In 2004, the band recorded two brand new albums for release in 2005 that will be released 4 months apart from each other. One version of the CD resembles a CD Recordable that was labeled with a felt-tip marker, and the other four featured designs by individual band members. There are four different designs of the album available. Their third album, containing songs from the Toxicity and System of a Down recording sessions, was released as "Steal This Album!" because early recordings of most of the songs had leaked out onto the Internet.

Father Armeni also said that in Armenia a self righteous suicide has taken place. System of a Down received constant airplay in the United States throughout late 2001 and 2002 with their hits, Chop Suey!, Toxicity, Aerials, off their second album, Toxicity, and Innervision off their third album, Steal This Album!. He asked God why have you forsaken me in your eyes. The title comes from a poem of Father Armeni, who wrote about Armenia after the genocide of 1915. Their first big hit was the controversial "Chop Suey!", released in the late summer of 2001.

The album also has the dubious distinction of being the #1 album in America on the week of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. However, their big break came from their sophomore effort, Toxicity, which debuted at #1 on the American and Canadian charts, eventually going multi-platnium. The band enjoyed moderate success with their first singles, Sugar and Spiders, off their debut album System of a Down. Their main influence is noticeably the heavy metal veterans Black Sabbath and Slayer, but they have many other musical influences such as jazz, fusion, Armenian folk music, classic rock, blues, industrial metal, and, vocally, opera.

Their diverse instrumentals range from baritone electric guitars, electric mandolins, sitars, 12-string classical guitars to many other East Asian instruments. All four members are of Armenian ancestry, and some of their songs are about Armenian history and politics. System of a Down is a heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California, USA consisting of Serj Tankian (vocals, keyboards), John Dolmayan (drums), Daron Malakian (guitar, vocals) and Shavo Odadjian (bass). "B.Y.O.B." from Mesmerize (2005) (announced, yet to be released).

"I-E-A-I-A-I-O" from Steal This Album! (2003). "Boom!" from Steal This Album! (2003). "Innervision" from Steal This Album! (2002). "Psycho" from Toxicity (2002).

"Aerials" from Toxicity (2002). "Toxicity" from Toxicity (2002). "Chop Suey!" from Toxicity (2001). "War" from System Of A Down (2000).

"Spiders" from System of a Down (1999). "Sugar" from System of a Down (1998). "Boom!" from Steal This Album! (2003). "Toxicity" from Toxicity (2002).

"Aerials" from Toxicity (2002). "Chop Suey!" from Toxicity (2001). "War?" from System of a Down (2000). "Spiders" from System of a Down (1999).

"Sugar" from System of a Down (1998). Hypnotize (27 September 2005). Mesmerize (17 May 2005). Steal This Album! (26 November 2002).

Toxicity (4 September 2001). System of a Down (30 June 1998). Andy Khachaturian - Drums. John Dolmayan - Drums.

Shavo Odadjian - Bass. Daron Malakian - Guitar. Serj Tankian - Vocalist & Keyboardist.

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