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Scooby Dooby Dum Dum Day – The Attraction

Scooby Dooby Dum Dum Day – The Attraction

Scooby Dooby Dum Dum Day – The Attraction

Hands up who remembers scooby wire? For those either too old or not old enough, scooby wire was thin coloured wire that one knotted and platted and wound around other wires to create bracelets and such like. Well that was a craze around the time that The Attraction’s ‘Scooby Dooby Dum Dum Day’ was a hit (1971). I can’t say for sure if Robert Schroder who wrote the song, had this in mind when he was composing, or if he had been watching the Scooby Doo cartoons or if he just thought that ‘Scooby Dooby Dum Dum Day’ would make a good title for a bubblegum hit.

The song had the honour of being one of those to appear on the very first Springbok Hit Parade albums (which were compiliations of contemporary hits covered by session musicians). The series of those albums went on to become somewhat iconic, with most of the youngsters of the time (myself included) not realising that these were covers of the big hits of the day.

‘Scooby Dobby Dum Dum Day’ is a pleasant slice of bubblegum pop with a similar beat to The Archies’ ‘Sugar Sugar’ (possibly the mosy successful bubblegum hit of all time). It features the gentle, bordering on falsetto vocals of Neil Herbert who had a Springbok Top 20 number 1 hit with ‘She’s A Woman’ in 1974. It also featured Robert Schroder on keyboard. Schroder would see 6 hits where he had writing credits make the Springbok Radio charts although, sadly, ‘Scooby Dooby Dum Dum Day’ would not be one of them.

Despite its lack of chart success, it obviously had enough popular appeal for it to appear on the Springbok Hit Parade collection and I am sure it is one that for a number of people it will be a song that brings back memories (probably accompanied by a smile) and have us all thinking, ‘why don’t they ever play that one on the radio anymore?’

Where to find it:
Singles bins if you’re lucky

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Hazy Hazy (Crazy Crazy) – Billy & Geli

Hazy Hazy (Crazy Crazy) – Billy & Geli

Hazy Hazy (Crazy Crazy) – Billy & Geli

Billy Forrest has made a very good living covering some of the more obscure international song and turning them into hits in South Africa. In 1974 he teamed up again with Angelika Illman aka Geli (they had had a hit the year before with ‘Do You Love Me’, a cover of Sharif Dean’s song), and recorded ‘Hazy Hazy (Crazy Crazy)’ a song written by Chris Andrews. Andrews had seen a number of Springbok top 20 number 1’s in the late 60’s/early 70’s with songs such as ‘Yesterday Man’, ‘Pretty Belinda’ and ‘Carol ‘OK’.
It seems that the song was first recorded by a group called Bubbles which may have been British or possibly German or Dutch (very little info available on this). Their version also features a male and female vocal, both of which are rather breathy on the verses but do get a little less so on the choruses. Billy and Geli produce a straight forward pop vocal on this catchy tune that has the boy and the girl in the song falling hazily and crazily in love and looking for the other’s number.
‘Hazy Hazy (Crazy Crazy)’ did not do as well as the duo’s previous hit. ‘Do You Love Me’ peaked at 2 on the Springbok Top 20 while ‘Hazy Hazy (Crazy Crazy)’ only got to 18. Perhaps by 1974 we were moving away from the catchy bubblegummy pop songs of the early 70s that Chris Andrews was so good at writing and maybe if Billy had picked up the song when it first came out (1972), he may have had a bigger hit on his hands.
However, listening to it with hindsight, we can just enjoy it as a reminder of a past time that is full of hazy and crazy memories for many.

Where to find it:
The Heart And Soul Of – Billy Forrest Gallo CDREDD 654, 2001

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