THE BUBBLE GUM MACHINE

On first listen, the "Machine" sounds like a Sunshine Pop group simply covering Top 40 songs. Dig it a bit deeper and play A Song That Never Changes, Do You Really Love Me, I Wouldn't Be Lonely Anymore, The Love Of A Woman, Wha'cha Gonna Do For Me Now, and You Make Everything Right alongside other "official" bubblegum artists such as Austin Roberts, Cufflinks, Hardy Boys, and Lt. Garcia's Magic Music Box, then it all make gum sense. True to their name, the group (Wes Farrell producing and Wes and Tony Romeo writing the originals) takes Sunshine Pop songs and puts them through the, well, bubblegum machine. It's not K&K gum by any means, but rather that sophisticated sound that led the genre away from the tikes all-the-way to Tony Burrows. I highly recommend the album regardless of where they fit. 

ALBUM:

THE BUBBLE GUM MACHINE
(Senate 21002, S-21002) 1968

SIDE ONE
Wha'Cha Gonna Do For Me Now
To Love Somebody
A Song That Never Changes
For What It's Worth
The Love Of A Woman

SIDE TWO
I Wouldn't Want To Be Lonely Anymore
You Make Everything Right
I Wonder
No Love To Be Found
Sgt. Peppers Lonely Heart's Club Band

SINGLES:

I Wouldn't Want To Be Lonely Anymore/You Make Everything Right (Senate 2107) 1968

Wha'Cha Gonna Do For Me Now/The Love Of A Woman (Senate 2110) 1968

Do You Really Love Me/One More Mountain To Climb (?) (Senate 2114) 1968