In the first installment of my March Madness: Bubblegum, I selected The Dickies’ cover of The Banana Splits Theme as part of my playlist.
That got me thinking about the short-lived punk/new wave novelty hit fad, where bands/singers adopted lame ‘punk’ personas to grift a few quid – whilst some were the genuine article deciding to have some fun.
Which is which?
HEY HO LET’S GO!
Unbelievably I saw this lot at the time. I was only two years old though.
Incidentally, the phrase ‘Turning Japanese‘ apparently refers to the face pulled during onanism.
Domo arigato, Mr Roboto!
Had a drink with Max Splodge a few times, nice fellow. The song’s title was ripped off by a ghastly BBC3 ‘yoof’ sitcom:
Old fart musos cash in with an attempt to go New Romantic:
THE REGENTS – 7 TEEN
And lastly, not really any of the above, but an oddball choice of song for Fleetwood Mac to select as the lead single from their double album of the same name – Tusk.
BONUS: this is a real head scratcher – then Prog Prince Peter Gabriel co-writes and plays on a song for creepy Smeagol-like British comedian Charlie Drake: