The Zig Zag People
Band members Related acts
line up 1 (1969-70)
- Peter Braune --
- Michael Dean --
- Ralph Maccio -- vocals
- Mike Maccio -- keyboards
- Ralph Vincent --
- Rat Race
- Robin and the Hoods
- Wild Honey (Michael Brown)
Rating: **** (4 stars)
Title: The Zig Zag People Take Bubble Gum Music Underground
Catalog: DL 75110
Country/State: Long Island, New York
Grade (cover/record): VG+ VG+
Catalog ID: 3277
How many times have you bought an album for a cool title, or a wild cover only to be major disappointed?
Geez, I can't even begin to count the number of times I've been disappointed
and felt taken advantage of ... Unlike so many other things in life, the title of of 1969's
"The Zig Zag People Take Bubble Gum
Underground" tells it like it is ...
So what about the music? Anyone who loves original bubblegum hits by the likes of The 1910 Fruitgum Company, The Music Explosion and The Ohio Express probably wants to avoid this set like the plague. On the other hand, if your willing to listen to some radically different cover versions, then this
was worth a spin, or two. As you'd expect, some of these remakes were great; some merely bad ideas gone horribly astray (avoid
the stoned Chipmunks-styled cover of 'Indian Giver). You can see more about
the individual tracks below, but highlights include a fuzz guitar drenched/take-no-prisoners
'1 2 3 Red Light ', a drastically slowed down, pseudo-dirge take on
'Chewy Chewy' (complete with way cool
droning bagpipes and fuzz guitar) and a bet you can't recognize it take on
the classic 'Hanky Panky'. There were also a pair of amazing non-covers.
Penned by arranger Murphy Earle and Jack Murphy, 'Sally Goes To the Dentist (Available In 8 &
16MM)' and 'Peel It Off Your Face' (complete with reference to bubblegum gurus
Jerry Kasentz and Jeff Katz), were both great slices of late-'60s
psychedelica. It may have been a cynical studio project aimed at
pulling some coin out of the stoned buying public, but it also made for one of the biggest surprises
I've encountered over the last couple of years and an LP I continually come back
1.) Little Bit Of Soul (Carter Lewis) - 3:11 rating: **** stars
anyone who knew The Soul Explosion version of this song is in for a major
surprise. Powered by a sleazy fuzz guitar riff, this interpretation
came off as dark and disturbed. Imagine Captain Beefheart taking a
stab at the tune and you'd get a feel for the overarching sound. Quite
time I hear their Association-lounge-act-styled version of 'Hanky Panky' I
have to smile. You had to wonder how stoned they had to be to come up
with such a bizarre interpretation. Totally bonkes ...
The 1910 Fruitgum Company's 'Simon Says' a Latin rock flavor was another
track that turned out better than you would have expected.
I grew up with The Ohio Express version, I'll admit to having mixed feelings
about their straight-forward rock reorientation of the tune, I guess
it wasn't terrible and Cervelle/Cervellera
turned in a nice guitar solo.
One of two tracks penned by Murphy Earle and Jack Murphy, 'Sally Goes To the Dentist (Available In 8 & 16MM)' was as messed up as the title. That made it the album's standout performance. Blending heavy metal fuzz guitar with goofy lyrics, this one was pretty cool.
1.) 1 2 3 Red Light (Sal Trimachi - Bobby Trimachi) - 3:48 rating: **** stars
of the most bubbleummy songs in he entire bubblegum catalog, here the song
was turned into a fuzz drenched slice of blues-rock. Nice.
Actually like it more than the hit version.
Who would have ever though taking this classic bubblegum pop tune and transforming it into a lysergic-tinged jazz number would work? Not only did it work, but I'd are it kicked the crap out of the Ohio Express top-40 original. And the end of song bagpipes and fuzz guitar solo were simply genius.
Decca tagged the song as the single:
- 1969's 'Chewy Chewy' b/w 'Yummy, Yummy, Yummy' (Decca catalog number 732527)
3.) Indian Giver (Bobby Gentry - Richie Cordell - Robert Bloom) - 4:06 rating: * star
it down to a strange mix of blues number, old timey tune, Alvin and the
Chipmunks clones, and throwing in a child chorus didn't exactly improve this
The second Murphy Earle and Jack Murphy composition, 'Peel It Off Your Face' toughened up the sound a little bit with a great bass line and plenty of squealing lead guitar. It was actually more interesting for the snide criticism of bubblegum pop music.
- 1969's 'Baby I Know It' b/w 'Peace of Mind' (Decca catalog number 732607)
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