The Turtles passed on P.F. Sloan’s Eve of Destruction only to see it become a #1 hit for Barry McGuire, opting instead to release this less potent but nonetheless strident teen angst plea. Written by Sloan as a response to the frequent verbal battering he took at his parent’s dinner table, the song scored modest chart success mostly due to the momentum established by the Turtles first hit, It Ain’t Me Babe. Pointedly dressed and instrumentally styled to mimic the socially conscious Byrds, this angry protest motif was an uncomfortable fit with the natural on-stage clownishness of Turtles front men Howard Kaylan and Marc Volman. After also misfiring on their next two singles, the Turtles turned to another Sloan tune, the decidedly more upbeat You Baby and found the sharp-edged pop harmonies that would mark their most successful work.