The E-Types — “Put the Clock Back in the Wall”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — January 21, 2023


708) The E-Types — “Put the Clock Back on the Wall”

’67 A-side was on the third of four singles by the “Salinas [CA] Beatles”. ( It was the band’s “finest hour . . . [a] groovy psychedelic rock gem. . . . [that] was played constantly on the soundtrack to the nifty soft-core exploitation picture ‘Blonde on a Bum Trip.'” ( Beverly Paterson says that the song was a “psychedelic pop classic” that had “trippy lyrics scrawled by the ace songwriting team of Alan Gordon and Gary Bonner (The Turtles, Petula Clark, and the Lovin’ Spoonful)” and “bristled with tight orchestration, circled by the E-Types’ signature pitch of right on choruses.” (

Paterson tells us that the band drove “local audiences into a wild frenzy via their accomplished blend of Byrdisian Folk Rock and Merseybeat fashioned power pop” and that though they “were not shy went it came to tackling raw punk – and anyone who as fortunate enough to have seen the band LIVE can attest to their remarkable interpretations of Yardbirds tunes – their forte’ clearly remained in the harmony department, fostered by vocals so spotless and impeccable.”

“Two of their records peaked at #1 on the local radio charts, but the group never had a major national hit.” ( tells us that:

The E-types perform[ed] constantly in the Monterey and San Francisco bay areas headlining shows and sharing the bill with [band such] as Paul Revere and the Raiders, The Lovin’ Spoonful, ? And The Mysterians, Martha And The Vandellas, Roy Head, The Jefferson Airplane, and The Yardbirds. In 1965 the band won 6 battle of the bands contests including the huge KLIV contest that had 80 bands compete and took 4 months to complete. The E-types broke all the attendance records at the Coconut Grove ballroom in Santa Cruz except for the Righteous Brothers. . .only by a handful of votes.

Here are the Parrots:

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