Saturday, October 15, 2011

Still Groovy After All These Years

STILL GROOVY AFTER ALL THESE YEARS:  Forget gypset.  Forget boho chic. Hard to believe, kids, but it was in 1967 that the album Incense and Peppermints hit the Billboard charts, launching The Strawberry Alarm Clock into pop music history.  Unlike today's music listener who never gets to hold a 12" x 12" LP cover in their hands, albums of yesteryear were both visual and literary insights into musical acts -- reading liner notes on the backside of the album like it was (and it was) the new gospel for the hip.  The cover!  Doncha just love it?  I'll give you all the time you need to let your eyes roam over and over the cover of this psychedelic gem.  Those colors, patterns, applications, beads, pillows, clothes and that fabulous folding screen.  STYLE TIP: Count how many colors and patterns you find in all these items, then imagine all those colors in one room.  Can't you?  Some might see it as a cacophony of color -- others a beautiful blendship.  FINAL NOTE: Light some incense, pop a couple of peppermints and let your freak flag fly.