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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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Sha La La – Buttercup

Sha La La – Buttercup

Sha La La – Buttercup

We head back to the start of 1976 with this one and it would be the only new entry on the first Springbok top 20 of that year. Following up Buttercup’s success the previous year with ‘Baby Love Affair’ which went to number 7 on the charts, their second single off the album would not fare as well, only peaking at 15.

While their earlier hit is slightly faster paced and had an introduction not too dissimilar to the Rubettes’ 1974 hit ‘Sugar Baby Love’ with its high pitched vocal introduction, ‘Sha La La’ slowed things down a little with a spoken lyric between the laid back chorus. Song writer Ken Levine, who penned ‘Sha La La’ along with brothers Ernie and Robert Schroder, thinks that it was radio DJ John Novick who did the spoken part. Whoever it was, it has a similar feel to Peanut Butter Conspiracy’s ‘Understanding’ or The Flames ‘For Your Precious Love’, both of which are soulful songs with spoken parts.

However, while it has the familiar spoken bits, the music is more 70s pop than the soul of those earlier hits. It is a relaxed affair with a steady beat that would never set the world alight, but was a solid single of its time.

Where to find it:
Vinyl: Baby Love Affair – Buttercup (1975), EMI Bigadiers, EMCJ(C) 11509

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