Has Anyone Else Ever Heard This Song?

I was playing pool with a friend and we usually play “name that song” because Sirius radio is piped in.

It was on the 70’s channel. As soon as this song started it hit me like one of those moments where something becomes dislodged from wayyyyyyyy wayyyy back in the cerebellum, in a spot that it was happy to lay undiscovered until you died.

The friend never heard it before and he doubted I knew it, But I started singing the chord changes a little ahead of the beat, so he knew I knew it.

I looked it up. It was never a hit in the U.S., so where I heard it, who knows?

It has an Abba meets Slade meets Little Eva vibe.

Anyone know it?

77 Comments on Has Anyone Else Ever Heard This Song?

  1. My sister and I used to make merciless fun of that song. I never heard it again until 1991, on a German oldies station. Must have been big over there way back when.

  2. Apparently it did actually hit the U.S. Top 20 for a duet, Matt and Katie Kissoon. It’s one of those hateful songs, like Sylvia’s Mother, that once it’s there it never truly goes away…

  3. I’ve never heard that. But I made it to about the 2 minute mark and had too track down some Iron Butterfly in hopes of permanently erasing it from my rememory banks.

  4. This sounds suspiciously like the sort of thing my oldest brother would curse about being the “worst shit ever” while sitting in his room with Budgie, Iron Claw or Black Sabbath cranked up to 10.

    Of which, I’d have to agree with him.

  5. Yep, I remember that goofy song. The local pop radio station in my hometown was obsessed with playing it for awhile.

  6. Judas Priest!!!! Ain’t nothin better than Dirty Mac. Lol. Yea I enjoyed their cut too. They neve covered Rattle Snake Shake.

  7. I remember it but I couldn’t have told you the name or who performed it. And then Mork (above) had to remind me of Sylvia’s Mother. Earworms! Gackkkk

  8. Now I’m trying to find a cheezy YT vid,
    It was some early 70’s euro hippie band lip-synching their one hit (?) in a field, and featured a couple of dancing girls in Indian costume.
    I think it was linked some time ago at iOTW..

  9. And who can ever forget My Dingaling by Chuck Berry from 1972, his most popular song ever. Don’t ask me why, it just was. Me I prefer Too Much Monkee Business, Roll Over Beethoven, Brown Eyed Handsome Man etc. And how do you get a 2-3 count in baseball if you hit a high fly into the stands?

  10. I found my self one afternoon when I was listening to XM’s 50’s on 5 singing loudly along with The Ballad of Davy Crockett when they unexpectedly played it. I hadn’t heard it in a long time and I knew every word, talk about a song being stuck in your head for well over 50 years. My daughter was laughing at me she thought it was corny. It must mean I’m a true baby boomer.

  11. I think this is the worst song ever produced
    I can’t disagree! Worst song ever. I’d forgotten about this one.

  12. Mr. Hat, ’71 found me in V/Nam, tapes were the norm, if anybody had played that, it would have been smashed into ribbons and shards.
    There was a whole palette of songs available in ’71, many, like your song, didn’t appeal to the palate of conscripted soldiers, brought in by the pallet full to fight for LBJ and his industrial war machine’s conflict.
    Had to listen to this just to clear my head.
    Yes, it’s symbolic.


  13. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….jesus christ……………………………………………….

  14. I didn’t tell you the part about how I smashed up the entire pool hall with a 21 oz stick and jammed a cue ball into the mouth of the guy who was in charge of the radio?

  15. I’m going to go with Wildfire, followed closely by Honey.
    Undying love for the dead, always a mood enhancer.

  16. Music is THE best way to teach anything, i.e., ABC song, “Columbus sailed the ocean blue,” etc. There’s a homeschooling outfit that puts math and science concepts to music a la “School House Rock.”

  17. I Have a dim recollection of the song but then that era had a huge number of odd little songs like this one. I don’t think it’s as bad as some of the comments seem to indicate, certainly there were a lot worse. At least it seems the group didn’t settle down into the drug and sex filled self destructive binge that other groups of that era did. They kind of just quit and moved on. According to wiki the group has another set of younger members and still plays. Just to put things in perspective that lead singer, the very cute blonde in the hotpants is 70 years old now.

  18. Honey by Bobby Goldsboro is a real puker. Hell, anything by him makes me want to shoot whoever produced that rotten crap in the first place. And don’t even get me started on Watching Snotty Grow. And Harper Valley PTA is another one because the top 40 stations played it at least every 10-15 minutes when it came out in 68-69. If I ever hear it again it will be too soon.

  19. Most people don’t know this, but Iron Butterfly drummer Ron Bushy played on the Space Negros album, “Dig Archaeology 1980-1990”.

    While I cannot find a song from that specific album, here is one with the Space Negros doing In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida.


    for yur listening displeasure. All their other stuff sucks just as much or more. I think Ron just needed the money.

  20. I’m a northener but had never heard the Lobo version until I clicked the link. I remember the Cymarron from my younger days.

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