Monday, December 28, 2009

In Search Of Eddie Riff: Bubblegum Edition

First, let's begin with bubblegum kings the 1910 Fruitgum Company's 1968 hit Goody, Goody Gumdrops which reached #37 on the U.S. charts in that year. The song contains perhaps one of the corniest couplets ever to grace an American rock song: "Look into her baby blue eyes, right down to her dainty shoe size." Cringeworthy stuff indeed.

Next, let's take a listen to Redd Kross's The Faith Healer which appeared on their 1990 LP Third Eye. When I first heard this, it bugged the hell out of me for weeks that I couldn't place the chorus. A few months later I was spinning a bubblegum comp and then it hit me: they copped it from Goody, Goody! I guess I should have known given the record had another tune on it called Bubblegum Factory. Extra points also for the cool Pet Sounds middle section.


The Phantom Creep said...

Yup, same chorus. Not sure which song I prefer though, due to the rather watery lead vocal on the Red Kross.

Excellent call, though.

ms. rosa said...

Wowers! That's pretty facsimilous.

rurritable said...

OK, I get these guys now.That's the kind of band I always wanted to be in.
The drummer sells that song.