Frank’s Faves on Fridays

May 28, 2010

Bubblegum Edition!

The Montanas – “You’ve Got To Be Loved” (1968)

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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)

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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 Yellow Balloon – “Yellow Balloon (1967)

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Now you’re talkin’! I’ve never heard this before, but when it was playing my jaw dropped at how much The Beach Boys are all over the song. Mighty good.

The Cuff Links – “Tracy” (1969)

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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:

  1. Ultra-catchy tunes (love those ba-ba-ba-ba’s);
  2. Wonderfully brainless lyrics (“Tracy, you’re gonna be / happy with me / I’ll build a world around you” – yeah!);
  3. It sounds like Tony Burrows singing (which, for me, automatically gives it a stamp of approval);
  4. 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.