Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Sheila: The Joy of Bubblegum Music

It's funny how some musical genres are déclassé in retrospect, despite their widespread popularity at the time. I believe that French yéyé music and depression era country music falls in that category; but the best example seems to be bubblegum music from the 1960's and 1970's. That's because they were specifically intended for pre- and early adolescent youth at the time the more strident hard rock and grunge music hit the scene; not to mention jazz rock groups like Chicago.

I heard an example of one on a station from Sweetwater, Tennessee called "Sheila." It had a Buddy Holly sound and I thought he was the performer (Think Peggy Sue). The singer is Tommy Roe, it was his first hit, and it definitely was done in the Lubbock style. Anyway, it's cheerful; and a relief from the somber news or pretentious stuff that some people put out. His sideburns are a hoot!


Bun-Bun said...

Definitely a chick song.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's retro 60's all right.
I always thought the bubble gum music was more late 70's. I had a friend who called Journey bubble gum.

Linda Kay said...

Kind of looks like an Elvis imitator.

Banana Oil said...

It's a pleasant little song. Lubbock, like in Lubbock, Texas?

Cloudia said...

The Monkees REFUSED to record 'Sugar Sugar" so the impresario pulling the strings invented 'The Archies' a cartoon band that would not rebel!



Mike said...

I remember when it came out. I remember before it came out.

eViL pOp TaRt said...

Thanks, everybody, for your comments.