Sunshine and Bubblegum

So I woke up this morning with the Chicken Dance song stuck in my head. I opened my eyes and there is was. I stumbled into the kitchen to get my coffee. As I poured my coffee I started humming

Doody doody doody do
Doody doody doody do
Doody doody doody do
BUM BUM BUM BUM

Where in the crap did that come from? Why is THAT song stuck in my head.

Sometimes I get songs stuck in my head that stay there for days. It seems like I get songs with the word baby stuck in my head a lot.

Be My Baby by the Ronettes
Make My Your Baby by Barbara Lewis
Baby by Justin Bieber

I’ll never forget the time that I had to write an 8 measure original composition for my music theory class. We had a week to do it. Unfortunately, that was the week that I had the Meow Mix catfood jingle stuck in my head. Every time I sat down at a piano in one of the practice rooms to write it, that stupid Meow Mix song would pop into my head.
Fifteen minutes before the piece was supposed to be turned in, I still hadn’t written anything, so, I just picked out the Meow Mix tune on the piano and wrote it down.
Mr. Griffith was none the wiser and I got an A. I think that was the only time that I plagiarized a song.

I think that one of the most obnoxious things that I had stuck in my head was the instrumental lead-in to the Brady Bunch theme song from the first season. It’s the version that was done by the Peppermint Trolley Company.

Doody doddy do doooooooo

Anyway, that’s the only thing that was stuck in my head. Just that part. I just kept hearing it over and over.

Speaking of Peppermint Trolley Company. What kind of weird name is that for a group? It’s almost as bad as 1910 Fruitgum Company. Not quite, but close.

Anyway, the Peppermint Trolley Company was a band of the sunshine pop genre. As far as the Brady Bunch goes, the PTC just did the instrumentals for the theme song. The actually singing was done by studio musicians.

They had a song called Baby You Come Rollin’ Across My Mind that peaked on the charts at no. 59 in the summer of ’68.
I totally remember that song. I think I was 10 or 11 when it came out. I didn’t like it.
Click here if you want to hear it. (I wouldn’t. It’s hideous)

Hmmmm… I didn’t expect this to turn into an ooey gooey tooty fruity sunshine and rainbows bubblegum pop post, but I guess that it has.

With the exception of the Theme from Mr. Ed,  it seems as if every song that I have ever done at karaoke has been of that genre/ilk. One time I sang Georgy Girl by The Seekers at karaoke in a gay bar, and a disgruntled ex threw a $5.oo Beer Bust cup at me and hit me in the head. Lucky for me it was a plastic cup. That’s a shame, too, because I really like that song, but am now afraid to sing it.
Here are The Seekers singing it at their farewell concert

Since I’m talking about the sweeter side of pop music, I might as well bring up an odd coincidence. Did you know that Jay Osmond, Karen Carpenter, and John Cowsill – all drummers in  family bands – have the same birthday? March 2. I always thought that was bizarre.

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