Gum Lists

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Favorite songs. Best albums. Greatest singers. This is the place where all those lists take place. The best part is that it's all about you! Just send your gum-related list and I'll stick it here.

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THAT MAGIC BUBBLEGUM MOMENT

Submitted by BOB MATTHEWS

Crazy Elephant - Gimme, Gimme, Good Lovin'
"Whooo!" (at they end)

Ohio Express - Chewy, Chewy
The great Joey Levine's "aww, chewy."

Ohio Express - Yummy, Yummy, Yummy
Joey Levine's outrageous "BAAH-da-da."


Submitted by ANDY BERGEY

Fun & Games - The Grooviest Girl In The World
"
Impeccable taste . . . tah!"

American Machine - Snowball
The first "snowball ball ball ball ball ball ball ball ball ball."

Rock And Roll Dubble Bubble Trading Card Company of Philadelphia 19141
The drum intro.

George Baker Selection - Little Green Bag
The intro. "Ahhh!"

Shadows of Knight - Run Run Billy Porter
End of the first chorus, the barely heard background voice (0.51).

Majic Ship - Hummin'
The intro. "Uhh, uhh, uhh, uhh . . . allright."

 


FAVORITE BUBBLEGUM SONGS
(Top 10)

Submitted by PETER

I couldn't resist adding my list to this great topic - so here it is.

10 - Hook, Line and Sinker - 1910 Fruitgum Company
09 - Like A Boomerang - The New Jersey Turnpike
08 - Patty Cake - The Yummies
07 - Nickles And Dimes - The Side Show
06 - May I Take a Giant Step - 1910 Fruitgum Company
05 - (Toot Toot Toot) I Hear The Whistle Blow - Ganip Ganop
04 - Aunt Matilda's Double Yummy Blow Your Mind Out Brownies - The Two Dollar Question
03 - A Little Bit - Wrigleys
02 - 9, 10, Let's Do it Again - 1910 Fruitgum Company
01 - American Machine - Snowball

A pretty traditional list maybe, but there's enough bounce and joy in this lot to light up a major city. Maybe a little overweight 1910 Fruitgum Company, but hey, love that sound!



Submitted by GARY L.


Hi Gang -

I had to try jumping on the Top 10 bandwagon here and, as others have noted, it was EXTREMELY difficult to do.

There are many sounds around the "bubblegum" style that I enjoy. I'm a big fan of British pop, bubblepop, pop-psych, sushine, teen idol, cartoon, soul-gum. Huge Edison Lighthouse fan and an almost life-long Banana Splits fan. The Splits were the first record I ever purchased way back when. And the 1910, Ohio and K&K material were some of my first gum 45 purchases on Buddah. HOWEVER...

as I contemplated this Top 10 list I wanted to embrace ultra-gummy songs (from the era - 68-70)that were new to me since getting a computer in the late '90s. So, in making this list...

I went for the jugular (or should I say "sweet tooth").

I got down to brass tacks (or should I say "sticky wrappers").

I threw all my Joel Whitburn Hot 100 books into the furnace.

I put my copy of the CD "Best Of The Bubblegum Years" (Pair/ Special Music CD4914) back on the shelf next to Time-Life's "AM Gold" series.

and Casey Kasem, please stay away from my countdown!

First I have to throw in what would be #11 - I wanted this in the Top 10 so badly, but it just didn't make it...
Hey There Little Miss Mary - THE CONVENTION (Buddah 53, 1968)

10. Fee Fi Fo Fum - HUNGRY TIGER (White Whale 313. 1969)
9. Lovin La La - LINUS AND THE LITTLE PEOPLE (Heritage 822, 1970)
8. The Kissin Game - THE LICORICE SCHTIK (Dot 17131, 1968)
7. Jack Be Nimble - DAKOTA (MGM 14162, 1970)
6. Mystery Lady - MIRAGE (UK - Page One 21006, 1968)
5. Palpatations - PLAYFUL PUPS (Intrepid 75008, 1969)
4. Mary Mary - POOR BOYS (Rare Earth LP track, 1970 - was this ever a single???)
3. Nickles And Dimes - THE SIDE SHOW (GRT 6, 1969)
2. Little Miss Inside - PLUM RUN (Avco Embassy 4511, 1969)

and the song that just keeps me coming back for more (seriously thinking about making a ringtone for my phone).

1. Can I Carry Your Balloon - THE SWAMPSEEDS (Epic 10281, 1968)



Submitted by DOUG


Wow, I'm impressed with everyone's rather inspired Top Ten lists--it's clear you've all been around the bubblegum block a few times and really listen to this music.  As I don't recall ever submitting a list of favorites, I thought I'd have a go.  I just can't stop at 10--sorry!--so here's my Baker's Dozen, bursting with extra icing and candy sprinkles:
 
13) Lollipop and Goody Man--Jigsaw
12) Toot Toot Toot (I Hear the Whistle Blow)--Ganip Ganop
11) Help Me Simone--Equals
10) Candy Bar--Staten Island Ferry
09) We Go Together--Wooden Nickels
08) Cu Cu Cu Choo--Jade & Pepper
07) Wham! Bam! Ala Cazam--Tricks
06) Sweeter Than Sugar--Ohio Express, Pintura Fresca
05) May I Take a Giant Step--1910 Fruitgum Co.
04) Snowball--American Machine
03) Chewy Chewy--Ohio Express, Pintura Fresca, Steve Fiset
02) Tic Tac Toe--Magid Triplets
01) Phoney Baloney--Magid Triplets

Submitted by WAYNE

When I joined this wonderful little group in 2002, I don't think I posted my top-10 favorite gum records. A few years have passed and my list of faves might perhaps have changed from time to time. Narrowing my list to just 10 songs was difficult indeed, but here goes with #1 being my absolute favorite!

10. The Grooviest Girl in the World - The Fun & Games
9. Sunny Honey Girl - Fluff
8. Ring Around My Rosie - Protozoa
7. Over and Over – The Archies
6. It's Magic - Michael Lloyd / Mike Curb
5. Lay A Little Love On Me – Cuff Links
4. Sugar Cane – Tommy Roe
3. Goodie Good Ice Cream Man – The Sunny Four
2. Yes Sir – Ohio Express (I also love the Music Explosion version)
1. Sugar Sugar – The Archies

Submitted by MICHEL

This is my first attempt :

1- Beach Boys – This Whole World
2- 1910 Fruitgum Co. – ABC I Love You
3- Michel Polnareff – Tout pour ma chérie
3- Tommy James & The Shondells – Mirage
4- Wind – Ain't It Like It Used To Be
5- Gary Lewis & The Playboys – Hayride (by Flying Circus too)
6- Giorgio Moroder – Moody Trudy
7- Rock And Roll Dubble Bubble Trading Card Co… - Bubblegum Music
8- Fun And Games – Elephant Candy
9- Andy Partridge – Candymine (1994)
10- Police – Message In A Bottle

Bubbling under :
Bo Gentry & Richie Cordell – Love Is Here
Ohio Express – Sweeter Than Sugar
Kasenetz-Katz Super Circus - I'm In Love With You
Paul Revere & The Raiders – Mr. Sun Mr. Moon
Crispian St.Peters - You Were On My Mind


With a different definition, it could be very different.

 

Submitted by BRUCE "Professor Bubblegum" FREY

I am nothing if not law abiding, so as requested, my top ten favorite bubblegum songs:

1. Sugar Sugar, The Archies
2. I Think I Love You, The Partridge Family
3. Captain Groovy and His Bubblegum Army, Captain Groovy and His Bubblegum Army
4. The Grooviest Girl in the World, The Fun and Games
5. Theme from Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?
6. (I Want You to) Be My Baby, Hardy Boys
7. Jack and Jill, Tommy Roe
8. Tra La La,  Banana Splits (2008 version)
9. MMMBop, Hanson
10. Sugar Baby Love, The Rubettes

A few notes: As a new citizen here, not sure how you all feel about whether The Partridge Family is bubblegum, but they are fictional characters and that's good enough for me. Also, I realize several of those on my list are post-1973; so be it. :)

Submitted by LENNY S:

1- This Just Doesn't Seem to be My Day- The Monkees
2- Feelin So Good (Skooby Doo)- The Archies
3- Gimme Gimme Good Lovin' -Crazy Elephant
4- Indian Giver -1910 Fruitgum Co
5- Try It- Standells
6- I'm In Love Again- Kasentez/Katz Orchestral Circus
7- I Enjoy Being A Boy- Banana Splits
8- Captain Groovy & His Bubblegum Army- Captain Groovy & His Bubblegum Army
9- Sugar Sugar- The Archies
10- Rain Park & Other Things- Cowsills

Submitted by CASEY D:

yummy yummy yummy - ohio express
funny funny - sweet
catchy catchy groove - ohio express (even tho this was recorded way after the gum era, this is one of the most addictive songs I've heard. I can't stop playing this and you would swear it was joey levine singing.)
cinnamon- derek.
beg, borrow or steal - Ohio express.
lollipop man - the sweet.
patty cake - the yummies
let go - ohio express (off the first album nothing sweeter than my baby- ohio express-chewy chewy album.)
Indian giver - 1910 fruitgum co

Submitted by ERIN:

1. Tasty (To Me) - Jerry Blavat
2. I'm a Believer - The Monkees
3. Julie Do You Love Me? - Bobby Sherman
4. Sugar Sugar - The Archies
5. Goody Goody Gumdrops - 1910 Fruitgum Company
6. Chewy Chewy - Ohio Express
7. Mercy - Ohio Express
8. Knock Three Times - Tony Orlando and Dawn (it's on a compilation
of gum songs my sister has, so it counts)
9. Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes) - Edison Lighthouse
10. Will You Be Staying After Sunday - Peppermint Rainbow

Submitted by KENNY:

1. Heather Honey & Jam Up And Jelly Tight - Tommy Roe (Tied)
2. Easy Come Easy Go & La La La - Bobby Sherman (Tied)
(Yes, and I know that Andy doesn't really consider Bobby Sherman to be
Bubblegum, but like I said it all depends on who you talk to, and
classifications. But Andy has yet to hear Bobby Sherman's 1965 single
of "Goody Galum Shush" then he can really determine that. As that
song is about as Gum as you can get. It almost borders on Hardcore
Gum with Garage type vocals.)
3. Mercy - Ohio Express
(Gotta throw in some of that rare obscure Gum now here.)
4. Fairyland - The Pop Workshop
5. The Magic Book - The Gibsons
6. Wait For Summer - Jack Wild
7. Run Tell The People - Daniel Boone
8. Elephant Candy -  Fun And Games
9. The Bump - Kenny & The Bay City Rollers version both tied
10. Some Girls - Racey


Submitted by ION:

ohio express - down at lulu's
the fun & games - grooviest girl in the world
josie & the pussycats - inside, outside, upside down
rock flowers - number wonderful
bugaloos - the senses of our world
crazy elephant - gimme good lovin'
archies -sugar sugar
i ribelli - yummy, yummy, yummy (sung in Italian!)
teenage fanclub - goody goody gumdrops
stereolab - john cage bubblegum

Some of the choices may not be legit (especially the last three), but
it's what I came up with. As mentioned before, I'm pretty new to the
bubblegum factory, so I'm sure I'll be discovering more top ten-worthy
material in the months to come. My favorite
psych comp BTW is Pepperisms Around the Globe, a collection of 60s
bands from around the world trying to sound like the Beatles. Ion    
 



Submitted by SCOTT S.:

As apparently is required (but honestly, it was a joy, not a bummer
to do), I have compiled my Bubblegum Top Ten.  I'll say that this
list could be different depending on the day, but a few of these
would be on the list no matter when I put it together.  Having
disclaimed, on with the fun, with a list NOT in order of preference.

10. Aunt Matilda's Double Yummy Blow Your Mind Out Brownies by The
Two Dollar Question - Ron Dante on vocals, Vance and Pockriss writers. Gum meets trippy psych!
9. Boo On You by Bazooka - The awesome Johnny Cymbal and Austin
Roberts together in an unstoppable juggernaut!  Okay, so it's a
ripoff of Yummy Yummy Yummy.  So up-tempo! So catchy!  The horn
arrangements so nice!  Love that out of tune guitar riff!
8. Sweet Magic by Rock Candy Mountain - Vocals by Mr. Joseph Levine. 
I tell ya, with enough promotion, this could have been as big as
Sugar Sugar, it's that good.  Sad that it remains obscure to most.
7. Snowball by American Machine - Mr. Johnny Cymbal does his best
Joey rip, but succeeds beyond his wildest expectations.  The "ball
ball ball" part just killed me and showed that Mr. Cymbal had the
whole bubblegum game DOWN PAT. 
6. CONTROVERSY ABOUNDS!  My Friend Jack by The Smoke - What's
that you say?  Surely a psychedelic song!  Well, no. A bubblegum
song with a psychedelic theme I say!  Anyone who doubts me, check
out "High In A Room, The Smoke Anthology" for their later
tracks, "Shagalagalu" and "Gimmie Good Loving" (NOT the Crazy
Elephant track) which are very late period gum.
5. Sha La La I Love You - Lancelot Link and The Evolution
Revolution - One of the best examples of the obligatory bubblegum
Key Change Going Up Into The Last Chorus.  Classic.  My heart soars
every time I hear it (God am I a sap.)
6. Sunshine Bay - East Coast Left - Lyrics about cartoons,
balloons, ice cream parlors and "soft skinned girls in pinnafores"
plus a melody catchier than Typhoid.  Shoulda beena hit.
5. Tracy - The Cuff Links - A friend of mine was DJ'ing at an AM
station in Massachusetts where I discovered this song in the mid
1980's.  I had never heard it before that, as it never gets played
on oldies stations.  Love at first listen.  Bliss for years after. 
6. "Sausalito" - The Ohio Express - Okay, I know it's basically a
10CC track, but what a track!  A delightful bubblegum/flower pop
anthem with that non-stop bubblebeat and transcendently goofy lyrics.
5. Mama Lu - The Super K Generation - a song that proves that
bubblegum is gibberish, and gibberish is rock and roll, therefore
bubblegum IS rock and roll.  There's a pinch of gospel soul thrown
in here too, which gives it a unique flavor in K & K's oeuvre.
4. Funny Funny by The Sweet - since The Sweet is about my third
favorite rock band, I had to put them on here.  This is them at
their gummiest, and the best "Sugar Sugar" rip-off ever written
to boot.
3. Lay A Little Lovin' On Me by Robin McNamara - Don't ask why,
but this has a high place in my gum pantheon, probably even higher
than any Archies song or almost any Ohio Express number. 
2. Tra La La Song (TV Theme version) The Banana Splits - This is
just SO DARN ARCHETYPAL it's imprinted in my DNA by now!  The TV
version is only 1:00 long, confirming that in gum as well as
everything else, brevity is the soul of wit and simplicity equals
elegance.  Do we have to argue about this at all?
1. Yummy Yummy Yummy Ohio Express - One of the tuffest gum tracks,
Pete Townshend praised it, what more need be said?  Arguably the one
that started the avalanche, even though many others paved the
way before it.

Whew!  Chew on those, gum fans!
- Scott S.   

Submitted by LAURA P:

In no particular order (honest!):

 1. Sugar, Sugar - The Archies
2. Tracy - The Cuff Links
3. Be My Baby - Andy Kim

4. Bang Shang a-Lang - The Archies

5. Tall Paul - Annette Funicello (OK, so it predates the term 'bubblegum' - in my book, it qualifies ... just listen to the thing!)

6. Lay a Little Lovin' On Me - Robin McNamara

7. So Good Together - Andy Kim (this is borderline gum, but I love the song so it's on the list and stayin' on it)

8. I'm a Believer - The Monkees

9. You Little Angel, You - The Archies (another borderline gum - a fusion between b'gum and doowop.  Let's just call it doo-gum or bubblewop!)

10. Theme from 'Josie and the Pussycats' (meow!!!)

As it happens (just another coincidence, I'm sure), six of these ten songs were composed  or co-composed by Jeff Barry, and one of the ones that wasn't written by him was produced by him!  (Not a trace of doubt in my mind . . . )  Hey, does this make Neil Diamond a bubblegum artist?

Submitted by FRANK D'AGOSTINO:

1. Sugar, Sugar - Archies (no other song comes close)
2. I Think I Love You - The Partridge Family (I know . . . no family acts)
3. Candida/Knock Three Times - Dawn (Yes, I absolutely have a 45 that has both songs!)
4. Cherish - David Cassidy and the Partridge Family) (Now this is playing on my stereo) 
5. Easy Come, Easy Go - Bobby Sherman
6. 1,2,3 Red Light - 1910 Fruitgum Co. (I'm not bias just 'cause I own 3 copies of the 45?)
7. Saturday Night - Bay City Rollers (better late than never latebloomer)
8. Little Bit O'Soul - Music Explosion
9. Build Me Up Buttercup - Foundations
10 - Yummy, Yummy, Yummy, Yummy - Ohio Express

Submitted by ANDY BERGEY:

1. Mercy, Roll It Up, Chewy Chewy - Ohio Express (Three for one deal!)
2. I Enjoy Being A Boy (In Love With You) - The Banana Splits
3. Dizzy - Tommy Roe
4. Run Run Billy Porter - The Shadows Of Knight
5. Judy In Disguise - John Fred & His Playboy Band
6. The Rapper - The Jaggerz
7. Snowball - American Machine
8. Elephant Candy - Fun & Games
9.
1910 Cotton Candy Castle - 1910 Fruitgum Co.
10. Patty Cake - The Yummies


UNDERRATED GUM

Submitted by KENNY:

1. Minny Minny - Mouth And MacNeal
2. Breaking Up Is Hard To Do - The Marbles
3. Open Up Your Heart - Heaven Bound
4. Heather Honey - Tommy Roe
5. Lucky - The Ohio Express
6. Go Away - 1910 Fruitgum Co.
7. Any Wednesday - Royal Guardsmen
8. My Name Is Jack - Manfred Mann
9. Run Tell The People - Daniel Boone
10. Captain Groovy & His Bubblegum Army - Captain Groovy


Submitted by ANDY BERGEY:

1. Pam - Crazy Elephant
2. Constantly - The Reivers
3. The Grooviest Girl In The World - The Fun & Games
4. Sh-Sh-Shelia - Portrait
5. Billy's Got A Goat - Patty Flabbies Coughed Engine
6. I'm Gonna Find Me A Cave - The Banana Splits
7. Voodoo Medicine Man - Jerry & Jeff
8. Dong-Dong-Diki-Di-Ki-Dong - Kasenetz-Katz Super Cirkus
9. Out & About - Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart
10. Stir It Up And Serve It - Tommy Roe
10 1/2. Majic Ship - Hummin'


POTENTIAL GUM GROUP NAMES

Submitted by KENNY:

The Toy Truck Towing Company
Pickle Juice
Toothie Ruthie
The 101 Delicatessen Sandwich Food Stompers
Candy Lollipop Tree
Cotton Candy Connection
Gumball Express Train
Fruit Of The Loom
Sugar And The Spizes (no, It's purposely misspelled in it's Buddah psychedelic way)
The Chewin' Tobacco Company
Rice Puddin' Candymix
Fluff-A-Nutters
Marshmellow Fluff And Candy Cane
Gooey Gooey Gumballs
Sota Pop & Schmaltz (Again misspelled on purpose)
Peppah Shaker and The Lion Eyez
P-Nit Buttah And Jelly (Again misspelled on purpose)
The Kurrent Jelly (The Psych spelling of Current which is the correct spelling)
Apple Sideah
The Pretcel Factory Machine (Again the psych spelling way)
Flowerz and Beadz
The Tooty Fruity Submarine Band
Current Jelly

Submitted by ANDY BERGEY:

Sugar & Spys
Clap Erasers
General Din
Sparkling Examples
Nickel Teens
The Gray Matters
Stonehenge
Kash Krops
Spring 2 Action
The Sippy Cups
(This name has already been taken!
Check out: www.thesippycups.com )