I would say that "Dirty Mind"
by The Pipettes
would be my vote for the closest example of what I was talking about yesterday
. This song sort of comes close to the light hearted mirth and enthusiasm
of "Banana Split"
. Unfortunately, the lighting, choreography, art direction and camerawork are pretty dreadful in their video. The girl in the glasses makes up for some of these shortcomings, however. Sandra Lou
does not really seem to be very famous. It does appears that, like Bill O'Reilly, she did win a Peabody
. Other than that, it appears that she has not done much else musically, at least not on the web. She is just some kind of lame French TV personality. [ 1
As she is just covering some Lio hit
and has done little else musically, she is by every definition just some flash in the pan. She probably isn't even that good of singer outside of a studio, and the best part about her dancing is that at least she looks like she is having a lot of fun. Still, it is Fantasteriffic!
They got all of the component parts correct - the music (and it's arrangement) is great, the singer is yummy, the art direction, editing, camerawork and everything just fit together exactly. What I think really makes the video so great was that it was so upbeat and enthusiastic.
I think that the best examples of music that have a similar quality are songs like the Jackson 5
, or the Partridge Family
doing "Having a Ball!"
, but there are other songs like this, the Monkees
hits "Gonna Buy Me a Dog"
, "Daydream Believer"
, "Not Your Stepping Stone"
, the Partridge Family
singing "Come on, Get Happy"
and "I Think I Love You"
, and of course the Archies
did "Sugar, Sugar"
. Even the original Banana Splits
TV show theme song would fit into this category.