The Montanas – “You’ve Got To Be Loved” (1968)
I didn’t think much of this, either – but I did like the wrong note from the bass player at 0:53. (Yay, another bass mistake!) But I preferred it to The Montanas’ “You Gotta Be Loved” which did nothing for me (see above). I like the touches of soul in “Ain’t Gonna Lie”. And I like how Wikipedia lists him as “Keith (singer)“.
Crazy Elephant – “Gimme Gimme Good Lovin'” (1969)
I’m pretty familiar with this (it’s on a bubblegum compilation I have). It’s Booker T. and The M.G.’s meets The Archies. I’ve always thought of this song as a not-too-distant cousin of ZZ Top‘s “Gimme All Your Lovin’“.
The Cuff Links – “Tracy” (1969)
Believe it or not, this song was also suggested by regular commenter Col. (Col also helped figure out the lyrics of a weird bubblegum song some time ago.) “Tracy” is a perfect example of bubblegum, as it has all the necessary ingredients:
- Ultra-catchy tunes (love those ba-ba-ba-ba’s);
- Wonderfully brainless lyrics (“Tracy, you’re gonna be / happy with me / I’ll build a world around you” – yeah!);
- It sounds like Tony Burrows singing (which, for me, automatically gives it a stamp of approval);
- And there’s not a bad vibe in sight (there’s nothing quite as cheerful as a bubblegum song).
This would be my pick of this week’s suggestions – with “Yellow Balloon” coming a close second.