Bugaloos, The

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  line up 1 (1970)

- Caroline Ellis -- vocals
- Danny "Wayne" Laryea -- vocals
- John McIndoe -- vocals
- John Philpott -- vocals 




- none known




Genre: pop

Rating: **** (3 stars)

Title:  Bugaloos

Company: Capitol

Catalog: 621

Year: 1970

Country/State: US

Grade (cover/record): VG+/VG+

Comments: still in shrink wrap

Available: 1

Catalog ID: 4614

Price: $80.00

Cost: $1.00


Many folks now in their mid-'40s probably have fond memories of late-'60s/early-'70s Saturday morning television fair. In terms of creativity and quality, it marked a timeframe that's seldom been matched. Among the era treasures were The Bugaloos. A concept/production out of the Sid and Marty Krofft empire, the show teamed four spunky kids (Caroline Ellis, Danny "Wayne" Laryea , John McIndoe (Big John) and John Philpott (Little John)), each blessed with a unique power (Joy, Courage, Harmony and IQ), in a series of sensitive, socially, politically and ecologically correct adventures. Naturally there was music (what else would you expected from Tranquility Forest?) which eventually made itself onto a Bugaloos album.

Produced by Hal Yoergler (who also contributed the majority of material), 1970's "Bugaloos" is actually a pretty cool period piece. Musically the album sported a sound reminiscent of The New Seekers having overdosed on pure oxygen and happy pills (others have drawn comparisons to Enoch Light's The Free Design project). Since none of the four actors were particularly gifted or memorable vocals (nor were they particularly gifted actors - course what do you expect from folks who were expected to sport little insect wings on most shows?), most of the 11 selections featured a happy-go-lucky group sing-along attack. Exemplified by material such as "Just the Memory Stays Around", "For a Friend" and "Believe", the set boasted uniformly upbeat and positive lyrics (guaranteed to irritate many "A" type personalities), surrounded by extensive orchestration. The other thing that made the set kinda' cool were some of the pseudo-psychedelic touches: check out "Fly Away with Us" and "Senses of Our World". Bet ya can't say "Gna Gna Gna Gna Gna" three times in rapid succession ...

"Bugaloos" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) If You Become a Bugaloo (Hal Yoergler) - 2:09
2.) Senses of Our World (Hal Yoergler) - 3:02
3.) For a Friend (Hirschhorn - Kasha) - 2:28
4.) Believe (Hal Yoergler) - 2:40
5.) It's New To You (Charles Fox - Norman Gimble) - 2:25
6.) Fly Away with Us (Hal Yoergler) - 2:39

(side 2)

1.) Older Woman (Hal Yoergler) - 2:30
2.) Just the Memory Stays Around (Hal Yoergler) - 3:00
3.) Gna Gna Gna Gna Gna (Charles Fox - Ross) - 2:14
4.) Castles In the Air (Hirschhorn - Kasha) - 2:25
5.) The Bugaloos (Charles Fox - Norman Gimble) - 2:09

Want to know what happened to The Bugaloos? Following the shows first season Columbia financed a Bugaloos movie. The film was actually shot, but shelved when the company ran into financial difficulties. In the meantime, the four actors returned to England for a brief break. Plans for a second season of shows were subsequently cancelled based on poor ratings. 

Ellis did some stage and English TV work; got married, had a daughter, divorced and eventually moved to Spain. 

McIndoe briefly played in the Band The Washington Flyers (see separate entry), before appearing in a couple of Egnlish soap operas. He then turned his attention to building models, puppets and animatronics for movies and theme parks.

Philpott spent 15 years touring in a cabaret show and is apparently living in London.

Laryea is alive and apparently lives in the States (Arizona), though he seems interested in keeping his Bugaloos life in the past.

There are a couple of active Bugaloo websites. Among the best is Bill Ung's at:  http://www.bugaloos.com/index.shtml