The Lemon Pipers were a 1960s psychedelic pop band from Oxford, Ohio, known chiefly for their song “Green Tambourine”, which reached #1 in the United States in 1968. The song has been falsely credited as being the first bubblegum #1 hit and ushering in the bubblegum pop era but it\’s still a classic of the bubblegum genre.
The album revealed the wide division between the musical tastes of the band and the commercial demands of the band’s label, Buddah Records. Five bubblegum tracks written by Brill Building songwriters Paul Leka and Shelley Pinz shared space on the album with folk-rock (“Ask Me If I Care”), blues-rock (“Straglin’ Behind,” “Fifty Year Void”) and psychedelic tracks (“Through With You,” running over than nine minutes and bearing influences of The Byrds, particularly their John Coltrane-infused song “Eight Miles High“). Leka was the album’s credited producer.