Song of the day: The Strangers – "Melanie Makes Me Smile"

December 16, 2009

What do you get when you combine bubblegum with cabaret? You get The Strangers with “Melanie Makes Me Smile” (1970):


I would love to hear this performed by a cabaret singer wearing a shirt and jacket with exceedingly large collars, flared pants, platform shoes, and backed by a big, big Big Band. At maximum volume.

As a bonus, here’s the original version by Tony Burrows, the King of English Bubblegum. “Melanie Makes Me Smile” is one of the few instances of a single featuring Tony that was released under his own name, and not one of the squillions of anonymous one-hit-only bubblegum bands he sang for (such as Edison Lighthouse, The First Class, The Flower Pot Men, The Pipkins, White Plains, The Ivy League, Brotherhod Of Man etc etc etc):

Tony Burrows – “Melanie Makes Me Smile” (1970)