The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

30 January 2004

A little sugar on it

Nothing defines "guilty pleasure" quite so, well, definitively as a taste for that much-mocked genre of mutant pop known derisively as "bubblegum", and while I suppose I ought to feel a twinge of embarrassment even mentioning this stuff while next door Lynn is talking about Mozart's vocal works, I'm a firm believer in pressing ahead.

Besides, the difference between the forgotten Joey Levine and the renowned Joey Ramone isn't as pronounced as you might think. Crank up a compilation of Buddah bubblegum tunes and follow it with some Nick Lowe-esque pure pop for people ten years later, and you'll hear much the same thing: voices just serviceable enough to get the tune out, drums mixed way up, and your basic three-chords-no-waiting rock and roll.

A lot of this stuff goes ignored these days, partly because of the demands of political correctness — don't expect to hear "Indian Giver" by the 1910 Fruitgum Company ever again — and partly because of baby boomers' tendency to rewrite their memories in a desperate effort to preserve some measure of mystique; you'd almost think the people would have had enough of silly love songs, fercryingoutloud. But remember that rock and roll is founded upon noises like "Awopbopaloobopalopbamboom", and if you insist that your particular musical tastes demand something a little more artistic, a little more timeless, I'm going to assume that you spend your spare time listening to Mozart vocal works. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Posted at 7:49 AM to Tongue and Groove

I'm big huge of Nick Lowe.

Posted by: Paul at 9:48 AM on 30 January 2004

"Yummy yummy yummy I've got love in my tummy"


Posted by: ms7168 at 10:59 AM on 30 January 2004

I LOVE Bubblegum music and listen to it more often than I probably should. Goody Goody Gum Drops, Sugar Sugar, Yummy Yummy, Chewy Chewy-- Fabulous! Here is a great Web site for Bubble gum:

What else can you expect from a Monkee fan? :-)

Posted by: Donna at 9:08 PM on 31 January 2004

I admit even to owning stuff like "Bubble Gum Music" by, it says here, the Rock & Roll Dubble Bubble Trading Card Co. of Philadelphia 19141.

(Did you know that the music to Tommy James' "Mirage" is actually "I Think We're Alone Now" played backwards?)

Posted by: CGHill at 9:29 PM on 31 January 2004