Tuesday, April 29, 2008

1910 Fruitgum Company

19681970年期間,歐西樂壇出現了一股Bubblegum Music(吹波糖音樂)熱潮,造就了一批憑藉演譯這類型歌曲而短期走紅的樂隊組合。其中最為當年港澳地區歐西流行樂迷認識的,相信那必定是以灌唱一曲"Simon Says"而成名的美國新澤西州樂隊1910 Fruitgum Company。

1910 Fruitgum Company是Buddah唱片公司兩位製作人Jerry Kasenetz 及 Jeff Katz一手創成,他們徵用了一班不知名的唱片錄音室樂手,大堆頭形式灌錄了好些輕量級節奏與歌詞內容空洞的流行歌曲。樂隊初期和後期的成員變動極大,這包括了 Mark Gutkowski (主唱、琴鍵及和音結他)、Frank Jeckell (主音結他)、Steve Mortkowitz 、Pat Karwan (低音結他)、Floyd Marcus (鼓手)、Chuck Travis (主音結他及伴唱)、Bruce Shay (敲擊及伴唱)、Rusty Oppenheimer (鼓手及伴唱)、Larry Ripley (低音結他、管樂及伴唱)、Mick Mansuelo、Dennis Kubala及Ken Mileaf,而另一支同類型樂隊Ohio Express的主音歌手Joey Levine,亦有在早期的1910 Fruitgum Company隊伍中兼任主唱。

19681月,他們的首張七吋唱片"Simon Says"/"Reflections From The Looking Glass"面世,其主打曲"Simon Says"旋即如火箭般升上全美Single流行曲榜亞軍、Billboard榜殿軍、及英國榜冠軍。同年7月份推出的"1, 2, 3, Red Light"及19691月份的"Indian Giver",皆攀升至Billboard榜第五位。同樣地,這三首加上隨後的"Yummy, Yummy, Yummy"、"Special Delivery"及"When We Get Married",在筆者的記憶中,都是廣被昔日港澳樂迷所喜愛及電台DJ們常播的歌曲,而筆者尤其欣賞他們少有的慢板作品"When We Get Married"。另外一點令我輩樂迷印象深刻的,就是當年坊間的舞會派對常客,在跟隨著他們這類型的「吹波糖」節拍樂曲起舞時,往往說成是在跳「水撥騷」;眾讀者如有不明之處,可點擊下列貼上的第二篇"Simon Says"音樂短片及留意出現於片中約2:31 - 2:36時段的畫面。

1969年下旬,1910 Fruitgum Company於完成了《Hard Ride》這LP後宣佈解體。其短暫的兩年樂隊壽命中,他們共灌錄了五張LP及超過十張的7吋SP/EP,然而最後的兩張LP《Indian Giver》及《Hard Ride》,卻竟是由與先前完全不相同的樂隊成員所灌錄。

筆者擁有他們的黑膠唱片及CD不多,只有一張1968年出版的《Goody Goody Gum Drops》LP及兩張90年代的CD -《Bubblegum Goodies》及《A Golden Classics Edition》,曲目內容如下。


Side 1

  1. Goody Goody Gumdrops
  2. Liza
  3. Mr. Cupid
  4. Hot Diggity Dog
  5. Hook, Line and Sinker

Side 2

  1. Dee-Licious
  2. Please Me, Tease Me
  3. (Play Our Song) Mr. Music Man
  4. A, B, C, I Love You
  5. Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum
  6. Polly-Wally-Doo-Da-Day


  1. Simon Says
  2. May I Take A Giant Step (Into Your Heart)
  3. Reflections From The Looking Glass
  4. Soul Struttin’
  5. (Poor Old) Mr. Jensen
  6. Bubblegum World
  7. Pop Goes The Weasel
  8. 1, 2, 3, Red Light
  9. Yummy, Yummy, Yummy
  10. The Mighty Quinn
  11. The Song Song
  12. 9, 10, Let’s Do It Again
  13. Goody Goody Gumdrops
  14. (Play Our Song) Mr. Music Man
  15. A, B, C, I Love You
  16. Indian Giver
  17. Special Delivery
  18. No Good Annie
  19. 1910 Cotton Candy Castle
  20. The Train
  21. When We Get Married
  22. Baby Bret
  23. Don’t Have To Run And Hide
  24. Creations Of Simon


  1. Simon Says
  2. Pop Goes The Weasel
  3. May I Take A Giant Step
  4. Bubblegum World
  5. Special Delivery
  6. The Train
  7. When We Get Married
  8. 1, 2, 3, Red Light
  9. Sticky, Sticky
  10. Goody Goody Gumdrops
  11. Indian Giver
  12. The Mighty Quinn
  13. Reflections From The Looking Glass
  14. (Poor Old) Mr. Jensen
  15. Candy Kisses
  16. No Good Annie
  17. Baby Bret


一些被上載至Youtube網站的1910 Fruitgum Company歌曲短片.........

Simon Says





1-2-3 Red Light



Yummy, Yummy, Yummy



Reflections from the Looking Glass



I'm gonna take you to a place where everyone is treated the same,
Don't worry 'bout them asking of your creed, nationality or name.
In this place it doesn't matter if you're wrong or right
Or if you can hear and talk and have normal sight.

In this place you get what you lacked on earth,
Of pleasure and leisure and love
A new rebirth.
It doesn't take long and believe me you'll get there fast,
And once you get there bury the past.

Once you get there there'll be no need of escape.
You do what you want and what you want you just take.
No crying, hatered, greed or shame,
No reputation to develop no need to acquire fame.

In this place you get what you lacked on earth,
Of pleasure and leisure and love
A new rebirth.
It doesn't take long and believe me you'll get there fast,
And once you get there bury the past


When We Get Married



相關網站:

http://www.1910fruitgumcompany.com/
http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:hcfrxq95ld6e~T1
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1910_Fruitgum_Company

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