I guess it might be a little bit of a stretch to call the Sixties group Peanut Butter Conspiracy a one-hit wonder, mainly because their biggest seller barely made it into the top 100. But they were pretty representative of the many psychedelic groups that appeared in those days, and they certainly had one of the best names. After all, who doesn’t like peanut butter?
Formed in Los Angeles in 1966, the group was fronted by singer Sandi Robison, accompanied by harpist/guitarist Lance Fent, and three guys from a defunct group known as the Ashes; guitarist John Merrill, bassist Alan Brackett and drummer Jim Voigt.
The new group recorded a single called “Time Is After You,” and it sold well enough to earn them a contract to cut a full album with Columbia Records. That debut — cleverly titled The Peanut Butter Conspiracy Is Speading — included a few songs that caught the attention of fans, among them one that would become their biggest hit, “It’s a Happening Thing.”
The group’s debut album did have a few interesting songs, including the one that probably struck a chord with many fans when it asked the musical question, “Why Did I Get So High?” (video below). But even though the PBC was sometimes compared to groups like Jefferson Airplane, record sales didn’t follow suit. Later recordings — sometimes with personnel changes — didn’t hit the best-seller charts either, and eventually the remaining members of Peanut Butter Conspiracy put the lid on the jar and went their separate ways.