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Candy Candy Bubblegum pop?
on 12 September 2013
This compilation is actually the third three disc set that follows on from Honey Honey and Sugar Sugar. Both of those previous compilations celebrated bubblegum pop and I feel that they did just that very well with classic bubble gum type tracks from the sixties and seventies when the term Bubble gum pop was best known, I really liked those albums but didn't write a review since there were already other great reviews by other reviewers.
Here on this new compilation I have to say that as a compilation of pop music it is really good and if you like music from the 1980s then this is excellent since most of the tracks come from that decade. I cannot fault the variety of tracks,
However there is an issue for me. This compilation is a bit of stretch of the imagination to call it bubble gum pop. With tracks like Respectable by Mel and Kim, Heartache by pepsi and Shirley I would not think of them as bubble gum pop,
However having said that it is a brave attempt to push the third compilation into a new area by picking tracks dominantly from the 1980s that have some similarity to bubble gum tracks of the earlier editions.
Clever choices, at least by title are Candy Girl by New Edition (not the single version) and I want candy by Bow wow wow. But other tracks like You spin me round like a record by Dead or Alive are more like dance pop records.
There are some tracks, although not many, from the seventies such as Fox and S s single bed that help to give it a atmosphere of the previous compilations.
The original compilation was Sugar Sugar and had begun with the song Sugar Sugar by the Archers. The second compilation borrowed the words Honey Honey from the same song and now this compilation uses the Candy word also from the same song. The album uses the same style of artwork as the previous two and also uses a proclamation The "Heyday of Bubble gum Pop" which is similar to the previous compilations that said " The Birth of Bubble gum pop" and "the sound of bubble gum pop" I am not convinced about it being the Heyday but it is a good compilation.