Song of the day: Pat Wilson – "Bop Girl"

February 8, 2010

Here’s Pat Wilson with the infuriatingly catchy Australian #2 hit* “Bop Girl” (1983):


You may love it, you may hate it, but that sure is one catchy song.

Many apologies if you’re Australian and listening to this song for the umpteenth time. “Bop Girl” received an inordinate amount of airplay in the 80’s in Australia which was probably due to Pat’s proximity to hubby Ross who wrote and produced the song as well as providing the backing vocals. (Ross also responsible for a sizeable chunk of Australian rock history, being the main man for Daddy Cool in the 70’s and Mondo Rock in the 80’s, as well as producing a large number of successful Australian artists such as Skyhooks – but this is Pat’s post, not Ross’s.)

Despite its (possible) over-exposure here, I don’t think “Bop Girl” was played outside of Australia. Wikipedia says it was, but I don’t always believe what Wikipedia tells me.

So if you’re new to the song, bop away as much as you like. But if you’re an individual who’s spent the last couple of decades trying to forget it ever existed, I offer a heartfelt and sincere “Oops”. Maybe tomorrow I’ll have a song that you haven’t heard.

By the way, the Lost In The Grooves blog has a nice article about “Bop Girl” with a lot of trivia.

(*I haven’t been able to find out what song kept “Bop Girl” out of the number one spot. What was it?)