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The Archies' first album, on which "Sugar Sugar" does light up the top of side two, so new then that Debbie Sherwood fails to mention it in her liner notes. Even apart from that classic, the Archies' crew — spearheaded by producer Jeff Barry, singer Ron Dante, and puppetmaster Don Kirshner — rushed out of the gate with 12 ingots of pure pop, tight construction enlivened with supple and spontaneous-sounding harmonies, knowing production tricks ("Melody Hill"'s outer-space jingle bells and "cuckoo, cuckoo" counterpoint), plus a little-appreciated underpinning of soul music. "Inside out-Upside Down"'s call and response flirts with childishness in its glee, but Dante's hearty "pour a little sugar on it baby!" and "put some mustard on my roll" from "Hot Dog" expose the earthy side of this so-called kiddie act. The girl's name in "Feelin' So Good" turns out to be "S.K.O.O.B.Y.-D.O.O."; you suppose Mr. Hanna or Mr. Barbera's ears pricked up?

Biography

Formed: 1968 in Riverdale

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s, '70s

Most '60s bubblegum groups were faceless studio concoctions, made up of hired professionals and given nominal group identities after the fact. The Archies made no pretense of being a real band in the first place -- their music, including the smash hit "Sugar, Sugar," was "performed" by the animated TV cartoon characters spun off from Archie comics. In reality, of course, they were a studio concoction made up of hired professionals (most notably lead singer Ron Dante), but in this case, they weren't...
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