The Monkees, Banana Splits & The Archies: Our Bubblegum Pop Review


Instead of focusing on a potential pandemic, why don’t we take a trip back to when times seemed a bit simpler? Way, way, way back in the late 60s and early 70s, the manufactured ‘Bubblegum Pop’ craze enjoyed great success in what used to quaintly be called ‘The Hit Parade’. From TV groups such as The Monkees and The Partridge Family, cartoons and kids shows like The Archies and The Banana Splits were born many a toe-tapper of infectious musical hits.


Of course the trend continues today in the slew of corporate pop bands and soundtrack shills, but all the fun and innocence has been lost, at least to me. Let’s revisit some of these gems.


So, to quote The DJ from Walter Hill’s The Warriors (1979):


“All right now, for all you boppers out there in the big city, all you street people with an ear for the action”


Chicory Tip - Son Of My Father

The Archies - Sugar, Sugar (Original 1969 Music Video)

Middle of the Road - Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep - Totp 1971

The Monkees - A Little Bit Me, a Little Bit You

The Banana Splits Opening and Closing Theme 1968 - 1970



I prefer this version…

The Dickies - Banana Splits

OHIO EXPRESS - Yummy Yummy Yummy (1968)

Josie And The Pussycats (1970) Theme Song

Sweet - Co-Co - Promo Clip (OFFICIAL)


Best till last? remember this from Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018):

Get Happy Partridge Family Lyrics

ant man and the wasp karaoke scene

Arnell Esq

Arnell Esq

Broadcast consultant - former Director/Creator of ITV3, ITV4 in the UK, producer/writer (most recently Bob Fosse for Sky Arts in May 2019), commentator/rent-a-gob for trades, broadsheets and magazines. Also occasional lecturer (University of Westminster, London). Content provider. Accept no substitute (terms & conditions apply) 'Nullum bonum amico, nullum peius hostes'