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Bobbies, The - 1993 Supersongs



ARTIST: Bobbies, The
ALBUM: Supersongs
LABEL: Bobbierock International
SERIAL: -
YEAR: 1993-

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Kennie Cruz - vocals, bass, keyboards, tympani, cowbell * Mickie Bliss - vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, sitar * Buddy Greco Jr. - vocals, drums, acoustic guitar, piano, sitar

TRACK LISTING: 01 You Cannot Deny * 02 Money Makes Honey * 03 The Ballad Of Me & You * 04 Afraid To Fall * 05 What Else Is There To Say * 06 Your Touch * 07 Don't Hold Me Back (That Look) * 08 Please Pleasing Eyed Lady * 09 What We Need Is Love * 10 The Man That Time Left Behind



Background
Was there ever a more deliciously decadent melody than The Archies 'Sugar, Sugar'? How about the sexual double entendre of The Ohio Express' Yummy, Yummy, Yummy'? We're talking 'Bubblegum' here that much maligned sticky gooey pop sound of the late '60s you either love or hate. Me? I can't get enough of it and was weaned on its syrupy delights from Saturday Morning shows like 'The Banana Splits' and other shows that used gum profusely and I now collect fanatically. Artists like Rupert Holmes, bands like 10cc and the roots of Ram Jam as well as the early career of Casablanca label head Neil Bogart can be found in Bubblegum music. The Ramones cited bubblegum and more importantly The Ohio Express as their major influence and one wonders where early KISS would be without metal-ing up bubblegum on their first few albums. Surprisingly though, very few bands if any emulated bubblegum music beyond the 1970's. While power pop grabbed The Beatles and The Who for influences, few were or are talking up 1910 Fruitgum Co. and Crazy Elephant which brings us to The Bobbies. Formed in New York City, information on this threesome is slim although we know drummer Buddy Greco Jr. is the son of '60s crooner Buddy Greco. This was their only album, but for power pop fans with a taste for something different, it's a must hear.


The Songs
Now, all this talking about bubblegum might lead some to believe The Bobbies sound is inconsequential and pre-teen, but not so. This is rock 'n' roll, power pop to the max with a crunching guitar sound. Produced by 5-time Grammy nominee Fred Guarino, there's no messing around on the opener 'You Cannot Deny' - a solid take no prisoners rocker with wonderful harmony vocals reminiscent of the late 70's 'skinny tie' years. From here, the bubblegum sound starts to take hold, still with plenty of guitar and power pop goodness, but these are hooks and choruses borrowed from the golden years of gum. You know you heard it before, but in a more modern context it sounds fresh and invigorating. Songs like 'Money Makes Honey' drips with sweet and sour while 'What Else Is There to Say' borrows from Edison Lighthouse as well as the '80s Paisley pop rockers The Three O'Clock. 'Your Touch' is Ramones-lite while 'Please Pleasing Eyed Lady' (say that three times as fast as you can!) is pure power pop pleasure. The disc is not entirely a sugar rush with nice use of sitar on 'What We Need Is Love' as well as killer guitar from Mickie Bliss making the tune one of the album's best. Finally, a nod to The Beatles on 'The Man That Time Left Behind' complete with backwards guitar closes out 'Supersongs' stylishly.


In Summary
Definitely a CD to keep an eye out for but it's long out of print and doesn't show up too often. I was lucky enough to score a copy last year from an Australian vendor for just a few dollars, but be prepared to pay a bit more for this gummy treat.


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#1 | super80boy on January 02 2015 23:27:43
Power pop rocker with an emphasis on rock and cranking guitars. There were a myriad of bands doing power pop rock in the early to mid 90's, and for a private release this is quite good! The 'intermission' message (before track 6) about flipping a vinyl record over to side 2 and that this album is only available on CD was a clever touch. The closing 'The Man That Time Left Behind' is a standout. I'd concur, the CD is quite scarce these days and after much patience, I was able to obtain a copy. Supersongs is a really fun 37 minute power pop crunchy guitar romp.
 
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