The Classic
Bubblegum Music
Anthology

Sadly, there are no Classic Bubblegum Music CD "greatest hits" collections that I can recommend buying because there aren't any! I have 54 individual CDs and many of my favorite songs haven't been mastered for the CD market. What follows is a list of eighty songs I would include in a definitive four-CD anthology boxed set. 

(Highlighted songs have lyrics, Andy Ratings, and silly comments!)

VOLUME ONE:
CHEWING UP THE CHARTS

Yummy, Yummy, Yummy - The Ohio Express (1968)

Simon Says - 1910 Fruitgum Co. (1968)

Green Tambourine - The Lemon Pipers (1968)

Quick Joey Small - Kasenetz Katz Singing Orchestral Circus (1968)

Chewy Chewy - The Ohio Express (1968)

Mercy - The Ohio Express (1969)

Indian Giver - 1910 Fruitgum Co. (1969)

1,2,3 Red Light - 1910 Fruitgum Co. (1968)

The Tra La La Song (One Banana, Two Banana) - The Banana Splits (1969)

Little Bit O' Soul - The Music Explosion (1967)

Sugar, Sugar - The Archies (1969)

The Rapper - The Jaggerz (1970)

Bubble Gum Music - The Rock And Roll Dubble Bubble Trading Card Company Of Philadelphia 19141

Gimme Gimme Good Lovin' - Crazy Elephant (1969)

Little Green Bag - George Baker Selection (1970)

Life Is A Rock - Reunion

Judy In Disguise - John Fred & His Playboy Band (1968)

Dizzy - Tommy Roe (1969)

I Think I Love You - The Partridge Family

I Think We're Alone Now - Tommy James & The Shondells

(This would be the CD to give to anyone who wonders what the heck you're yammerin' on about all the time and what's that weird music blastin' out of the basement? The 1910 Express? Lemon Fruitgum? It contains all the usual suspects, so accept no substitute! I don't think it would turn Limp Korn or Smashed Napkins fans over to the soft, pink, side but your kids will love it and your boss will hate you. Score!)

 

VOLUME TWO:
ON THE BUBBLE

Goody Goody Gumdrops - 1910 Fruitgum Co. (1968)

Special Delivery - 1910 Fruitgum Co. (1969)

Roll It Up - The Ohio Express

Sausalito (Is The Place To Go) - The Ohio Express

Cowboy Convention - The Ohio Express

Down At LuLu's - The Ohio Express (1968)

Soul Struttin'- 1910 Fruitgum Co.

Elephant Candy - The Fun & Games

Pop Goes The Weasel - 1910 Fruitgum Co.

May I Take A Giant Step (Into Your Heart) - 1910 Fruitgum Co.

Little Willy - The Sweet

Crimson & Clover - Tommy James & The Shondells

Mony, Mony - Tommy James & The Shondells

Venus - Shocking Blue

Love Grows Where My Rosemary Goes - Edison Lighthouse

My Baby Loves Lovin'- White Plains

(Na Na Hey Hey) Kiss Him Goodbye - Steam

Hitchin' A Ride - Vanity Fare

Draggin' The Line - Tommy James

Son Of My Father - Giorgio

(This set includes more 70s material and just enough hits to tide you over. Sausalito, Roll It Up, Elephant Candy and Son Of My Father are the real, seldom heard gems here but listening to Little Willy and (Na Na Hey Hey) Kiss Him Goodbye on the same day could be dangerous to your health. Check your medical plan first!)

 

VOLUME THREE:
GIVE ME MORE, MORE, MORE

Run Run Billy Porter - Shadows Of Knight

I Enjoy Being A Boy (In Love With You) - The Banana Splits

Sticky, Sticky - 1910 Fruitgum Co.

1910 Cotton Candy Castle - 1910 Fruitgum Co.

Voodoo Medicine Man - Jerry & Jeff

Underdog - Giorgio

Rice Is Nice - The Lemon Pipers

Ask Me If I Care - The Lemon Pipers

I Got It Bad For You - Kasenetz-Katz Super Circus

Dong-Dong-Diki-Di-Ki-Dong - Kasenetz-Katz Super Cirkus

I'm Gonna Find Me A Cave - The Banana Splits

In New Orleans - The Banana Splits

Let Me Bring You Up - Ron Dante

Pam - Crazy Elephant

My Fire Department Needs A Fireman - Shadows Of Night

It's Gonna Be The Death Of You - The Charles E. Funk Rebellion

Magic - Pilot

Mirage - Tommy James & The Shondell

Run, Run, Run - Third Rail

Little Black Egg - The Music Explosion

(Sign me up now! Here's my credit card number! Man, I'd love to have this CD! Check out these great characters: Billy Porter, Pam, Voodoo Medicine Man, Fireman, and Underdog all at the 1910 Cotton Candy Castle! Seriously, I don't know how life can get any better.)

 

VOLUME FOUR:
HIDDEN GUM

Rainbow Ride - Andy Kim

Train On A One Track Mind - The American Breed

Snowball - American Machine

Billy's Got A Goat - Patty Flabbies Coughed Engine

Patty Cake - The Yummies

Out & About - Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart

Stir It Up And Serve It - Tommy Roe

Sh-Sh-Shelia - Portrait

The Grooviest Girl In The World - The Fun & Games

I Call My Baby Candy - The Jaggerz

Silly Sarah Carter - John Fred & His Playboy Band

Pickin' Up Sticks - Kasnat Katz Fighter Squadron

Come On Baby - Joey Levine & Artie Resnick

She Didn't Do Magic - Lobo

Constantly - The Reivers

Recipe For Love - Scooby Doo

Mr. Henry's Lollipop Shop - The Tricycle

In The Summertime - The Archies

Toot Toot Toot (I Hear The Whistle Blow) - Ganip Ganop

Vibrations - Lancelot Link And The Evolution Revolution

(Hard to find soft nuggets. Or is that soft to find hard nuggets? Is there any possibility to dream of a filler-free fifth? Not bubble likely!)

 

That's right. No Monkees. No Bay City Rollers. But for only $59.95, how can you argue?

 

* Andy Ratings:

1 Sun = Barely qualifies as Bubblegum; for collectors only.

2 Suns = Not a party starter, that's for sure!

3 Suns = On the edge of Bubblegum worthiness.

4 Suns = Bubble Blowin' Fun!

5 Suns = The Bubblegum Bomb! Get this song now!

 

e-mail Andy now and razz him for not including Saturday Night by Woody and the boys: