In 1969, I fell in love for the first time. Hard. Not with a woman, but with several women. They were in fact “Honky Tonk Women.” From its opening cowbell to that final twangy guitar chord, I thought this was just the best song I’d ever heard; I would become a Rolling Stones fan because of it. Now, back in those days, the mighty WABC did its annual countdown of the Top 100 songs, and the Stones’ tune obviously deserved to be #1. But no – “Age of Aquarius” got that, in the Fifth Dimension recording. Fine. Good song, good group… even with my emerging infatuation I could see how it would be popular.
So were the Stones #2? NOOOOOoooo. The number 2 song of 1969 was… “Sugar Sugar” by the Archies. The Archies!!!! A cartoon band singing a ridiculous song – oh, to this day I cannot adequately express my youthful outrage at this gross injustice! “Honky Tonk Women” was relegated to #3.
Clearly I have not forgotten, nor forgiven.
Fortunately, this has not stopped me from liking other animated bands, from the Beatles in Yellow Submarine to Gorillaz. But as I warned the crew today, if someone brings up The Archies during the course of today’s segment on animated bands, I won’t be held responsible for my actions.
Has an animated band ever had an impact on you? Leave a comment.