THE ASSOCIATION - 'Pandora's Golden Heebie Jeebies'/'Standing Still' (Valiant V-755) Nov 1966
The Association were virtually unknown in England during the 60s only denting the charts once with 'Time For Living' (it reached number 23) and that was in May 1968. In other words none of their American sunshine pop hits such as 'Windy' or 'Cherish' got noticed.
The ethereal, eastern tinged 'Pandora's Golden Heebie Jeebies' was a risky choice for a 45 to follow 'Cherish', being about as far out as The Association ever got. I happen to love this song as well as The Association so would never do an 'L.A. selected 50' without them being in it.
Pandora's was recorded at Western Recorders, Hollywood but the flip 'Standing Still' (and the more likely tune with hit potential) was taken from the album 'And Then...Along Comes Mary' from July 1966.
According to the liners from the Warners/Rhino double Anthology CD set, writer and singer Gary Alexander is quoted:
"Contrary to previous reports, Pandora's Golden Heebie Jeebies was not about the Sunset Strip night club Pandora's Box, but rather about Eastern spirituality that fascinated me at the time."
Shortly after the single flopped Gary Alexander quit The Association and went to India to meditate and smoke banana skins. He returned with a new name...Jules Alexander Heavy. ha ha ha....it could only happen in the 60s!!!
Also, take a look at the rather odd picture sleeve. So what's going on with Jim Yester pictured centre? He wasn't that tiny in real life surely.
THE ASSOCIATION - Pandora's Golden Heebie Jeebies