Vinyl Dynamite #13: Peppermint Trolley Company
The Peppermint Trolley Company were a little known California psychedelic band from the late sixties. They fit perfectly into the mold set by bands like The Strawberry Alarm Clock and other psychedelic bubblegum bands of the era. Unfortunately, the group never acheived any real chart success- "Bend Me, Shape Me" by the American Breed was the only chart topper produced by their record label, Acta.
"I've Got To Be Going" is the track I've ripped from the vinyl for you. If you dig this sort of thing, it's actually not too shabby. Most of the songs on the LP are typical psychedelic cheese - but there was definitely potential here. Had they released a few more albums, they might've turned into something.
"I've Got To Be Going"
Next is the video for "Trust" - another song on their one and only LP. Again, it's pretty good, but it lacks the contagious exuberance of songs like "Incense and Peppermint" and "Magical Mystery Tour".
Like so many psychedelic bands of the 60's, the Peppermint Trolley Company was a distant memory by the early 70's. Who wanted to listen to cheesy guys with fuzz guitars and frilly sleeves singing about "popsicle mountains finger painted upon the mind" when there were real artists like James Taylor singing about real things. So, as quickly as they came, they were gone.... except for one little thing. Before their demise these guys did one thing that guaranteed them fame everlasting. Their records have been out of print for four decades and near impossible to find - yet most of you know one of their songs by heart - and I daresay have heard it hundreds of times.... prepare for your little world to be rocked... they sing the Brady Bunch theme song!!! After the first few seasons, the Brady kids sang the theme song and the band was cast to the four winds. Alas, The Peppermint Trolley Company were no more. This picture found here- a good place for Peppermint Trolley memorabilia.