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1910 Fruitgum Company

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New Jersey, United States

The 1910 Fruitgum Company is a band of the 1960s; their name comes from a wrapper which lead singer Frank Jeckell found in his attic. The band came together as Jeckell and The Hydes in New Jersey in 1965.

In 1967, the band was signed to label Buddah Records, where they released five LPs under their own name and a variety of singles, as well as “appearing” on the bubblegum concept LP The Kasenetz-Katz Singing Orchestral Circus, which sounded suspiciously like the usual Buddah studio band, in spite of its promotion as a “”.

Their first hit, “Simon Says”, was panned by the band members, but Jeckell persuaded the band to record it. In the process they changed the beat and patterned the song after “Wooly Bully” by Sam The Sham and The Pharoahs. “Simon Says” soon became a chart-topping hit. Some, but not all, of the band’s tracks were performed by studio musicians. The band started touring, opening for major acts such as The Beach Boys. They followed on to release the hits “1-2-3 Red Light”, “Indian Giver”, “Goody, Goody Gumdrops” and “May I Take a Giant Step”.

Eventually, the group members were replaced by the producers of Super K, and the musicians that appear on the 1910 Fruitgum Company’s final two albums, Indian Giver and Hard Ride, are completely different bands. Hard Ride is in fact a complete departure from the bubblegum sound, and represented an attempt to conquer the FM radio market, with , , and elements over lengthy tracks.

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  • IamFlood

    These guys were better than The Beatles and master satirists to boot. But they still pale in comparison to a juggernaut like Katrina and the Waves.

    16 Sep 2013 Reply
  • VelvetMesgue

    LSD

    12 Apr 2012 Reply
  • assassing

    "Togehterly Alone“ and ”Happy Little Teardrops“ is so beautifully!

    9 May 2011 Reply
  • SANLEGAS

    When We Get Married es the second song best

    22 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Yard_Records

    fuckin fruitgum man, love them

    11 Jan 2011 Reply
  • rosmaritbrum

    Wowwwww......

    2 Jun 2010 Reply
  • dekor_up

    que buena banda.

    20 Mar 2010 Reply
  • Sundays_Slave

    I found one of their records on the side of the road once, but it smelled like shit and it was melted so I couldn't play it. :(

    27 Jul 2009 Reply
  • Rissacakes

    Everything about this band is adorable. :)

    7 Jan 2009 Reply
  • Leuchtenburg1

    gute alte zeit

    19 Nov 2008 Reply
  • popilLoL

    аааа обожаю Саймон говорит +))))

    29 Mar 2008 Reply
  • BCThunderthud

    Quick Joey Small is by The Kasenetz-Katz Super Circus of which there are 6 variations listed so that song's listeners are very spread out.

    23 Feb 2008 Reply
  • Don_Diego

    Oh the sisters of mercy they are not departed or gone... :D

    10 Apr 2007 Reply
  • Don_Diego

    Oh the sisters of mercy they are not departed or gone... :D

    10 Apr 2007 Reply
  • Tr1xx

    Ahhh, Sugar... ahh, honey honey... you are my candy girl...

    1 Apr 2007 Reply
  • musicgoddess717

    AMEN Tr1xx! YUMMY YUMMY YUMMY I GOT LOVE IN MY TUMMY! wow deep HAHA

    20 Mar 2007 Reply
  • oxl

    Quick Joey Small is rather good. It should have more listeners. Pity...

    23 Nov 2006 Reply
  • Tr1xx

    Come on you lot. Let's have a 1969-70 bubblegum pop revival.

    19 Nov 2006 Reply
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