Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Speaking of "I Want Candy"...

In 1965, Brill Building songwriters Richard Gottehrer, Bob Feldman, and Gerald Goldstein (they'd penned "My Boyfriend's Back" for the Angels) claimed to be Australian sheepherders and released one of the greatest trash singles of the '60s. "I Want Candy" had the unimpeachable Bo Diddley beat, a thin guitar skating up, down, and around the stomps and handclaps, a grungy sax break, and exuberance beyond measure. More than forty years later, the old saying still holds - it's got a good beat and you can dance to it.

To wit:

Full disclosure: I love to dance to this song too. Earlier this year I went to a dance where they played it and I got one of those surrounding crowds of people cheering me on. A few hours later someone approached and said, "Are you the guy who was dancing to 'I Want Candy'? Dude, you fuckin' rocked that shit!" and gave me a high five. She was cute, too.

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