Daydream (The Lovin' Spoonful album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 1966
RecordedAug 1965-Dec 1965
GenreFolk rock, pop
Length30:24 (original LP)
LabelKama Sutra
ProducerErik Jacobsen
The Lovin' Spoonful chronology
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Daydream is the second album by The Lovin' Spoonful, released in 1966. It features two hits, the title track, which reached No. 2 in the U.S. Billboard Top 40 charts, and "You Didn't Have to Be So Nice" (U.S. No. 10).


With only five originals on their debut release, Daydream featured much more songwriting by singer and vocalist John Sebastian, who either wrote or co-wrote all but one of the songs on this release.

Daydream was re-released on CD in 2002 by Buddah Records and included five bonus tracks.

The song "Butchie's Tune" was featured during the final scene of the Mad Men season five episode "Commissions and Fees".

Later Recordings[edit]

The song "Daydream" was sung by Jason Castro in 2008 on American Idol (season 7), and American Idol judge Simon Cowell said it was one of the best performances of the night.[citation needed] It was recorded by Bobby Darin for his album If I Were A Carpenter. British pop group Right Said Fred took the song "Daydream" to Number 29 on the UK Singles Chart in 1992. The New Jersey band Yo La Tengo released its arrangement of "Butchie's Tune" on their 2015 album Stuff Like That There.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars [1]

In his Allmusic review, music critic Gary Mollica said that "The band's second LP was very strong".[1]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by John Sebastian except as noted. Jug Band Music was the first song on side two of the original LP.

1."Daydream" 2:21
2."There She Is" 1:58
3."It's Not Time Now"Sebastian, Zal Yanovsky2:49
4."Warm Baby" 2:03
5."Day Blues"Joe Butler, Sebastian3:15
6."Let the Boy Rock and Roll"Butler, Sebastian2:34
7."Jug Band Music" 2:53
8."Didn't Want to Have to Do It" 2:06
9."You Didn't Have to Be So Nice"Steve Boone, Sebastian2:29
10."Bald Headed Lena"Willy Perryman, Edward Sneed2:25
11."Butchie's Tune"Boone, Sebastian2:37
12."Big Noise from Speonk"Boone, Butler, Sebastian, Yanovsky2:21


  • John Sebastian – vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, autoharp, harmonica, keyboards
  • Steve Boone – bass, vocals
  • Joe Butler – drums, percussion, vocals
  • Zal Yanovsky – electric and acoustic guitars, vocals

Media appearances[edit]

The song "Daydream" was used in the soundtrack of the 1978 movie The Seniors.

The song "Butchie's Tune" was used in the soundtrack of Commissions and Fees, the twelfth episode of Mad Men's fifth season. An instrumental version of "Butchie's Tune" is playing over the fashion model scene in the movie BlowUp.


  1. ^ a b Mollica, Gary. "Daydream > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved June 15, 2011.