Pipkins, The


Band members               Related acts

- Tony Burrows - vocals

- Roger Greeaway - vocals

 

 

- none known

 

 

 


 

Genre: pop

Rating: *** (3 stars)

Title:  Gimme Dat Ding!

Company: Capitol

Catalog: ST-463

Year: 1970

Country/State: UK

Grade (cover/record): VG+/VG+

Comments: was sealed; opened to tape; still in shrink wrap

Available: 1

GEMM catalog ID:

Price: $30.00

 

The early-'70s saw an explosion of English pop acts hit the American charts.  One of the odder entries were The Pipkins.  The brainchild of producer John Burgess, The Pipkins were a one-shot studio entity built around the talents of singers Tony Burrows, Roger Greenaway and writers Albert Hammond and Mike Hazelwood.  

 

The concept actually started out as a paid commission.  In 1970 Hammond and Hazelwood were asked to write a song for the UK children's television show Oliver and the Underworld.  The goofy "Gimme That Ding" attracted considerable attention, Columbia Records even electing to release it as a single.  With Capitol acquiring American distribution rights, "Gimme Dat Ding" b/w "To Love You" (Capitol catalog number 2819), enjoyed a similar reaction domestically, eventually going top-10.  More than willing to jump aboard The Popkins bandwagon, Capitol wasted little time releasing a supporting album.  Produced by Burgess, the cleverly titled "Gimme Dat Ding" is pretty hard to adequately describe.  Imagine  Edison Lighthouse or  White Plains styled Brit-pop, but speeded up to 90 rpm with running commentary from Wolfman Jack (Burrows furnished the bass voices), and you'll get a feel for tracks such as "Sunny Honey Girl" and "My Baby Loves Lovin' ".  Add a dollop of English music hall influences ("Busy Line" and "Are You Cookin' Goose?") and you'll start to get the idea.  Fascinating in a bizarre fashion, this is one that will bring memories back to folks of a certain age.  The album actually managed to hit #132 in the States.

 

"Gimme Dat Ding!" track listing:

(side 1)

1.) Here Come de Kins   (C, Greenaway - B. Burrows) - 2:47

2.) Sunny Honey Girl   (C. Greenaway - H. Simons) - 3:22

3.) Busy Line   (Semos - Stanton) - 2:37

4.) Yakety-Yak   (Leiber - Stoller) - 2:41

5.) Gimme Dat Ding   (Albert Hammond - Michael Hazelwood) - 2:11

 

(side 2)

1.) The People Dat You Wanna Phone Ya!   (Albert Hammond - Michael Hazelwood) - 2:31

2.) My Baby Loves Lovin'   (Roger Cook - Greenaway) - 2:41

3.) Are You Cookin' Goose?   (Albert Hammond - Michael Hazelwood) - 1:44

4.) You Can't Go Wrong   (Albert Hammond - Michael Hazelwood) - 2:39

5.) All You'll Ever Get from Me  (Roger Cook - Greenaway) - 248  

 

 

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