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”

 

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

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


Stephen Arnell

Culture Comment Content Provider. Portrait courtesy of artist Darren Coffield. 'Non satis me tempo'

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