Sunday, February 5, 2012
40 Years Ago This Month: The Sweet Release "Poppa Joe"
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Before Sweet ( nee The Sweetshop, then The Sweet) wrote their own hits, UK songwriters Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman ( who already made this 1001Songs post ) helped them recruit teeny bopper bubblegum fans with songs like "Co Co", "Little Willy" and this mindless nugget "Poppa Joe".
"Poppa Joe" is basically a re-write of The Sweet's 1971 UK #2 hit "Co Co". It even includes the same cheesy Caribbean steel drums... and inane lyrics like :
Poppa Rumbo Rumbo
Hey Poppa Joe Coconut
Hey Poppa Joe Hey Poppa Joe
Nevertheless "Poppa Joe" soared to number 11 in the UK and topped the chart in eight different countries.