leejohnson's current selection is:
Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep
by Middle of the Road


Back to the group 'Middle of the Road' again, for probably their best known earworm, an out-and-out smash hit in 1971. Firmly placed centrally within my college period (1970 – 1972), it inevitably reminds me fondly of that time when I had shrugged off the confines of secondary education, school uniform and short hair, and broken out into the freedom of proper socialising, drinking and letting my (by then) considerably long hair down - unfortunately, this lifestyle did not help my study regime at all, and academically it was two wasted years. But NEVER ever wasted years!

The short following piece is from website "Freaky Trigger", and the oft-visited blog written by Tom Ewing called (unsurprisingly) "Tom Ewing's Popular":


One of the great, endlessly rediscovered truths of pop is that there are rhythms so addictive they make content irrelevant. "Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep", a song about an abandoned bird performed terrace-chant style by a choir of buzz-voiced irritants, does not quite achieve this, but its handclaps and glitter beat is propulsive enough for them to almost get away with it. Certainly the reputation of "Chirpy Chirpy" as an all time pop crime seems unfair – "it's moronic", "it's repetitive", cry the detractors, and it's not that they're wrong exactly, but their objections miss the point: the problem with the song is that with a bit less twang on the voice, and a bit more thunder in the drums, it could have broken through annoying into awesome.


In the UK, the record spent 5 weeks at No. 1, with a total Top 40 tenure of 23 weeks. A truly remarkable performance. However, it was not released at all by the band in the US, although both Lally Stott (Billboard Hot 100, No. 92) and 'Mac and Katie Kissoon' (No. 20) released versions of the song which succeeded well.
1971 - RCA Victor - United Kingdom - From their self-titled album.
Posted: 21st August 2019
Born in 1954, leaving education by 1972, 'glam' was my thing, "Ziggy" Bowie my hero. I was even the only guy in my town with the haircut (though not the carrot red colouring!). Therefore every seventh selection is a Bowie track.
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