Saturday, July 17, 2010
ROCK Sex: 'Pour A Little Sugar On It, Honey'
ROCK Sex is back showing how pop culture links up.
Here's how Bubblegum Pop turns into sultry Soul.
ARCHIE, the popular comic book character, had a cartoon series in the late 60's. To stay hip with the youth, the cast formed a band and performed songs throughout the show in the tradition of THE MONKEES. Beyond absurdity, they scored a #1 hit that gets in your head and never goes away.
THE ARCHIES -"Sugar, Sugar" (1969)
The vocals were actually sung by Pop journeyman Ron Dante, with a bit of an all-star cast of studio stalwarts, including Girl Group scribe Elle Greenwich and Country star Ray Stevens.
WILSON PICKETT had an incredible knack for covering other folk's songs and surpassing the original. First off, he was Wilson Pickett. And secondly he was usually backed by the Stax bands or the Muscle Shoals bands.
Here's another sterling example of Wicked Pickett taking ownership of a song...
WILSON PICKETT -"Sugar Sugar" (1970)
Other unlikely but interesting versions were done by BOB MARLEY, KURT RUSSELL (yes, the actor), THE GERMS, BIG YOUTH, and PRAGA KHAN (Lords Of Acid)!
You have to admit, the song is too catchy, it's got a swing in it, and the lyrics are subversively kinky.