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Target Practice: The Archies “Sugar, Sugar”


Welcome to Target Practice where bad popular songs of the past and present get shot. It won’t be until 2018 when I finally start doing lists for the 60s. And I’m looking forward to that decade as much as I’m looking forward to the 70s. Beatlemania, Beach Boys, psychedelia, folk, soul, early rock, protest music, etc. And barely half the stuff that charted. Of course, you got the slower, easy-listening tracks and some weird shit. Today’s Target Practice is a song from The Archie Show, a cartoon based on the Archie comics. In the show, the Archie characters are depicted as a band called the Archies. Even though this band isn’t real, they scored a number one hit in real life, which also became the number one song of 1969. This is Sugar, Sugar.

Sugar, ah honey honey
You are my candy girl
And you’ve got me wanting you
Honey, ah sugar sugar
You are my candy girl
And you’ve got me wanting you

How sweet. If I had a nickel for every love song that mentions sugar, I’d buy the whole West Coast and form my own country.

I just can’t believe the loveliness of loving you
(I just can’t believe it’s true)

I just can’t believe the loveliness of loving you. I just can’t believe how redundant this redundancy is.

I just can’t believe the one to love this feeling to
(I just can’t believe it’s true)

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When I kissed you, girl, I knew how sweet a kiss could be
(I know how sweet a kiss can be)
Like the summer sunshine pour your sweetness over me
(Pour your sweetness over me)

Sweet like you just ate a whole pack of powdered donuts. I would look at more lyrics in this song, but there aren’t any more new lines after this, so this is gonna be another short review.

This song is diabetes in music form. How fitting that a song called Sugar Sugar would be so sugarcoated, from the vague lovey-love lyrics to campfire-like instrumentation. This is an example of pop music at its most sterile and generic. It’s one thing to make a song for a cartoon, but this should not be a number one hit. And this isn’t even the worst song to become a hit in the 60s. We’ll cross that bridge when we get to it. Anyone fawning over the flower power generation have probably forgotten about this song. Next Target Practice, ….



It Ain’t My Fault-Borthers Osborne

Ziggy Stardust-David Bowie

Talking In Your Sleep-The Romantics

Kyrie-Mr. Mister

3 thoughts on “Target Practice: The Archies “Sugar, Sugar”

  1. I know this song very well. Not only was this it a #1 hit, but it was the #1 song of 1969. All of the psychadelic rock, Motown and protest music that were hits that year, and this was the most popular song of that year, this stood out like a sore thumb. I’m not gonna lie, I don’t really hate this song, as a matter of fact I kind of dig it a bit. It’s so stupid and silly, that I can’t really bring myself to hate it. It’s generic, cheesy and a dumb novelty song from a fictional animated band based on a comic book that has every “lovey-dovey” cliche in the book, but I honestly don’t mind this song. I think it’s pretty catchy. I’ve heard worst. In comparison to other 60’s hits, including those great ones from the late 60’s, this sucks in comparison. But again, it’s too goofy to really hate. So in the end, I don’t hate this song, although I don’t think it was worthy of being a hit that year.

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