Song of the day: Middle Of The Road – "Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep"

October 14, 2009

Here’s Scottish outfit Middle Of The Road with “Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep” (1971):

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I’ve always adored this song, but I’ll be the first to admit that it’s puerile. Nevertheless, I love, love, love it. I’m prepared to lose any credibility I have in order to keep listening to it, and I’ll defend this song until I’m blue, or purple, or puce, or mauve in the face. Maybe because it’s the purest form of bubblegum pop, and I have an enormous soft spot for bubblegum pop. With bubblegum, it’s all about the tunes, which is probably why I love bubblegum.

If you’re wondering why a UK hit by a Scottish band is featured on an Australian blog, it’s because it was a huge hit in Australia, too – and that’s reason enough for me.

“Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep” was written by Harold Stott, a chap who goes by the professional name of Lally Stott. (Why anyone would call themselves “Lally” is a complete mystery to me.) Here’s his version:

Lally Stott – “Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep (1971)

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And there are other, more unusual versions, too. For example, this version is by a Finnish punk band:

Briard – “Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep (1979)

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But by far my favourite alternative version is this one:

Alan Moorhouse and his Bond Street Brigade – “Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep (1972)

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Update: Commenter Steve C. (Hi, Pokey!) mentioned that a version of “Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep” by Trinidad-born brother-and-sister duo Mac & Katie Kissoon was a hit in America. If you can’t get enough of this song, here’s their version:

Mac & Katie Kissoon – “Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep (1971)

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