In my frame of reference, the Spoonful were one of the top bands of their time. They, and the Rascals were a wonderful complement to the Beatles and Stones, from a purely musical point of view. The bulk of the material that my first band played was from these two bands. I read Boone's autobio, which is quite good, and learned the most definitive version of the Zally problem. Boone and Zally had been arrested in San Francisco (I think). The cops leaned on Zally to finger others involved. He was threatened with deportation if he didn't do that. (Somehow, Boone was involved in helping the cops, too.) The fans of the Spoonful, particularly those more knowledgeable about the music business, I'm told, saw Zally as a traitor after that. This played a part in his ultimate dismissal, as well. Summer in the City was another one of those songs that seemed to come out of nowhere, like Good Vibrations, although nowadays the Wilson song has achieved a legendary status, while the Sebastian (heh-heh, I'll explain in a sec) song now sounds a little tiny bit like a novelty song. But at the time, it had a real slashing and burning vibe, not that far from Jumping Jack Flash. By the way, Summer in the City was written by John Sebastian's brother. I took everything in music extremely seriously, and saw importance in all kinds of things. When we see in a video Zally literally upstaging Sebastian as he sings Darling, Be Home Soon, his goofing and mugging seemed to provide an intentional contrast to the more serious performance by Sebastian. I thought that it was planned and intentionally worked out in order to push the boundaries of staging and presentation in a televised format. I'm kind of disappointed to hear John complaining that Zally was getting out of hand. Again, I thought it was a group thing. At age 14, I bought the entire rock and roll fantasy package.