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January 30, 2013

The E-Types - Put the Clock Back on the Wall (1967)

In Salinas, California 1964, brothers Bob and Jody Wence were using their connections in England to get up-and-coming albums from the UK sent to them in the US before their official US debuts. Learning to play what they heard, they picked up their lead guitarist, Don Shephard, and began practicing their three-part harmonies. From there, the group picked up Danny Monigold and Reggie Shaffer and began practicing seven days a week. On April 10th, 1965, the still relatively new band needed a name so that they could participate in a local battle of the bands competition at Hartnell College. Looking toward their British Invastion influences, they decided on “The English Types” and changed it to “The E-Types” for short. According to Bob Wence, they didn’t find out that there was a car by Jaguar of the same name until at least a year later. All in all, they won first place at the battle of the bands. From there, the band was a hot commodity and soon found itself touring with names like Paul Revere & The Raiders, The Yardbirds (Jimmy Page-era), The Lovin’ Spoonful, and Jefferson Airplane. The group eventually called it quits when a member of their band became ill with hepatitis and, simultaneously, their British Invasion-influenced style of music began to give way to the local uprising of psychedelia.

Although the group released four successful regional singles, they are perhaps best remembered for this particular song, written by Alan Gordon and Gary Bonner, released in 1967. Gordon and Bonner, who frequently worked together, had also written The Turtles' "Happy Together" and Three Dog Night's "Celebrate."

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The E-Types - Put the Clock Back on the Wall (1967)

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Lyrics:

Hey!

When the local population starts to worry about your mood
Starts to wonder why the clouds are in your eyes
You can tell them it's the flowers or the cinder in the air
But don't let on what's under your disguise

Hey!

I can't reveal what's inside or behind me and
Thoughts that are real, I can't feel
They won't find me and

Hey!
Put the clock back on the wall

I've been away where the night meets the morning and
Flashes of gray bring the day and it's warning me

Hey!
Put the clock black on the wall

When the local population starts to act a little strange
Starts to make you giggle to yourself inside
And he'll ask you why you're laughing as he laughs along with you
You don't know but you both laughed so hard you cried

Hey!

I can't reveal what's inside or behind me and
Thoughts that are real, I can't feel
They won't find me and

Hey!
Put the clock back on the wall

Hey!
Put the clock back on the wall

Hey!
Put the clock back on the wall

Hey!
Put the clock back on the wall…

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