Saturday, March 12, 2022

VA - Honey Honey, The Sound of Bubblegum Pop [2012] (3 x CD's)



VA - Honey Honey, The Sound of Bubblegum Pop [2012] (3 x CD's)

Sony Music TV UK's 2012 compilation Honey Honey: The Sound of Bubblegum Pop is an excellent budget-price collection of fizzy pop hits from the late '60s and early '70s. Most of these are what's conventionally known as bubblegum -- the bright soundtrack of AM radio, often sung by Tony Burrows -- but the comp expands just a bit so it encompasses early harbingers of bubblegum like the Monkees and the Four Seasons, girl group superstars the Ronettes and the Supremes, international superstars like ABBA, and glam stompers from T. Rex and Sweet. This wide net means Honey Honey winds up sounding more like the radio of the '70s than most of these comps: it's got one-hit wonders next to the titans, a bunch of classics surrounded by glorious trash, and it's a lot of fun because of that. (AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine)


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Track lists


01 ABBA Mamma Mia 3:34

02 Captain & Tennille Love Will Keep Us Together 3:22

03 Drifters You're More Than A Number In My Little Red Book 3:16

04 Foundations Baby, Now That I've Found You 2:36

05 Monkees Daydream Believer 2:54

06 Lobo Me And You And A Dog Named Boo 3:00

07 Michael Jackson Rockin' Robin 2:32

08 Bay City Rollers Bye Bye Baby 2:48

09 David Essex Gonna Make You A Star 3:40

10 David Dundas Jeans On 3:20

11 Lynsey De Paul Sugar Me 3:52

12 Fortunes Freedom Come, Freedom Go 3:20

13 Hotshots Snoopy vs The Red Baron 3:09

14 Bobby Bloom Montego Bay 2:55

15 First Class Beach Baby 5:15

16 Gilbert O'Sullivan Get Down 2:40

17 Billy Ocean L.O.D. (Love On Delivery) 2:43

18 Boney M Rivers Of Babylon 3:59

19 Dana Fairytale 3:06

20 Clodagh Rodgers Lady Love Bug 2:47

21 Pickettywitch That Same Old Feeling 3:05

22 Fantastics Something Old, Something New 2:46

23 Tony Orlando & Dawn What Are You Doing Sunday 2:31

24 Kincade Dreams Are Ten A Penny 2:39

25 Sweet Dreams Honey Honey 3:26


01 Supremes Baby Love 2:38

02 Four Seasons Let's Hang On 3:18

03 Ronettes Baby, I Love You 2:50

04 Crystals Then He Kissed Me 2:38

05 Searchers Sweets For My Sweet 2:27

06 Tremeloes My Little Lady 2:40

07 Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Hold Tight 2:46

08 Hollies Jennifer Eccles 3:00

09 Herman's Hermits Sunshine Girl 2:37

10 Monkees A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You 2:47

11 Move Curly 2:44

12 Crispian St. Peters The Pied Piper 2:32

13 Oliver Good Morning Starshine 3:37

14 Lovin' Spoonful Daydream 2:19

15 Nino Tempo & April Stevens Deep Purple 2:41

16 Association Windy 2:55

17 Amen Corner High In The Sky 2:58

18 Bobby Fuller Four I Fought The Law 2:17

19 Paul Revere & The Raiders Kicks 2:27

20 Crykle Red Rubber Ball 2:19

21 Love Affair Rainbow Valley 3:49

22 Tommy James & The Shondells I Think We're Alone Now 2:08

23 Jefferson The Colour Of My Love 2:32

24 Dorian Gray I've Got You On My Mind 2:23

25 Autumn My Little Girl 3:01

26 Harmony Grass Move In A Little Closer 2:41

27 Lou Christie She Sold Me Magic 2:08


01 T.Rex Hot Love 4:59

02 Jackson 5 ABC 2:58

03 Ashton, Gardner & Dyke The Resurrection Shuffle 3:12

04 Mungo Jerry Alright, Alright, Alright 2:45

05 Sweet Blockbuster 3:12

06 Sailor Girls, Girls, Girls 2:53

07 Pilot Magic 3:03

08 Blue Mink Randy 3:13

09 Marmalade Cousin Norman 3:12

10 Vanity Fare Early In The Morning 2:45

11 Pearls Guilty 3:02

12 Dooleys Wanted 3:37

13 Drifters Kissin' In The Back Row Of The Movies 3:31

14 Eric Carmen Never Gonna Fall In Love Again 3:44

15 Middle Of The Road Soley Soley 3:06

16 Scott English Brandy 3:12

17 White Plains When You Are A King 2:49

18 Family Dogg A Way Of Life 4:06

19 Albert Hammond It Never Rains In Southern California 3:51

20 Hello New York Groove 2:45

21 Fox Only You Can 3:27

22 Syreeta Your Kiss Is Sweet 3:51

23 Osmonds The Proud One 3:00




  1. Thanks once again, BB!

    This is a weird collection - I Fought the Law bubblegum?? - but it has so many childhood guilty pleasures that I sure won't quibble!

    1. Hi Gummo.
      I usually leave the weirder ones for Monday's.
      But I agree very interesting selections and sequencing.


  2. thanx for this and all your hard work. agree with previous comment, not sure about some of the tracks being bubblegum but still cool collection.

    1. Hi cannie,
      I like this collection too and concur with you as well.


    2. you had me at bubblegum !

    3. Hi Jon,
      Isn't it better when it Pops.



  4. Feel good fun whatever the label. Many teenage memories.


  5. Sweet? Bockbuster? Bubble gum? I'm learning all the time (ha ha ha) BUT thank-you for your work.

    1. Hi Unknow,
      Have fun with this set, it sticks in the mind.


  6. Ok, I gotta chime in here. You know how strongly I feel about labels... not very. The mistake here was using the term Bubblegum to label this music. I enjoy the tunes but got good laughs while doing so and contemplating the bubblegummyiness of each. If that was the compiler's intention... well good job there guys. What I really think is those behind this are a tad wack-a-doo. I would bet a biscuit no one involved in assembling this crazy comp actually lived thru the "bubblegum" era. Someone doesn't realize it's a style and not a time frame. This is a bizarre collection of something. At least they didn't include "Sugar, Sugar", "Yummy, Yummy, Yummy", or something else off the Buddah label to make their point!
    It's a nice share though BB! Thanks

    1. Hi mrRadio,
      I'm with YOU on this one. They cast a very wide net indeed. You don't see many "Bubblegum" (?) comps like this one. Some great songs in this lot though.