Sugar, Sugar

June 25, 2010 8:28 PM

On the day that I was born (in San Diego), the Archies' quintessential bubblegum pop song was a #1 hit (in England). This is a pretty straightforward version, although the guitars and bass and drums have all been replaced with marimbas and glockenspiels.

There are two marimabas (three tracks, though), two glockenspiels, tongue drum, flute, tin whistles, and a miniature dan trunh. The singing that sounds like me is me and the singing that doesn't is my wife.

posted by Karlos the Jackal (14 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

This song was always a guilty pleasure. I love the marimbas and glockenspiels.
posted by srt19170 at 8:59 PM on June 25, 2010


Haha! Nice, Karlos! Bubblegum never sounded so sweet.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 12:43 AM on June 26, 2010


lovely.
posted by peterkins at 1:36 AM on June 26, 2010


That was hilariously good. The hook suits the glock perfectly.
posted by unSane at 4:48 AM on June 26, 2010


That's sweet (pun intended). I actually listed this as one of my "perfect pop songs" over on the talk thread!
posted by MajorDundee at 11:29 AM on June 26, 2010


It should be another 0.1592653589793238462643383279 seconds long :) .
posted by d4v1dr0b3r7s0n at 12:59 PM on June 26, 2010


This song was always a guilty pleasure.

Shouldn't be guilty, it's a good song! Better than the other choices I had: "Wedding Bell Blues" or "Come Together."

I actually listed this as one of my "perfect pop songs" over on the talk thread!

Heh, I saw that, just before posting. "I hope this doesn't make Dundee cross the song of his list," I thought.

It should be another 0.1592653589793238462643383279 seconds long :) .

Well, I try to keep songs as short as possible. (The last 30 seconds are not silent, by the way.)
posted by Karlos the Jackal at 2:20 PM on June 26, 2010


This song put a big, dopey grin on my face. Mr. Sculpin wandered by, overheard it, and started doing a kind of happy muppet dance. Just delightful.
posted by sculpin at 5:45 PM on June 26, 2010


Unfortunately for me, A HARD DAY'S NIGHT was #1 pretty much everywhere the day I was born and I cannot think of a way to cover it that isn't completely lame, as I hate the Beatles with a deep deep hate, and this song in particular.

There was some crooner in France but the song is shit. On the country charts it was Roger Miller's DANG ME, which I've been thinking about, but, man, the shallow end of the pool.
posted by unSane at 7:15 PM on June 26, 2010


Dang Me would be hella fun to cover, I think...
posted by flapjax at midnite at 7:26 PM on June 26, 2010


Dang Me it is.
posted by unSane at 11:53 AM on June 27, 2010


Well done, Karlos. Well done. Great tin whistle/flute stuff at the end. This cover is so soft and laid back, the song feels like it just woke up from an amazing nap with said sugar.
posted by Corduroy at 6:36 PM on June 27, 2010 [1 favorite]


This is terrific. It really captures that "too much sugar--feels good but I might just get a cavity and a pounding headache shortly" feeling. Very nicely done.
posted by umbĂș at 8:35 PM on June 27, 2010


done perfectly, thanks! vox and glox are my favs.
posted by abc123xyzinfinity at 9:18 PM on June 28, 2010


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