Archie MP3s Downloads Plus Some Extra

To promote The Archies Greatest Hits comic collection, Archie Comics has posted 15 MP3s of Archies music (links/files no longer available). While “Sugar, Sugar” is the obvious hit, I’ve always liked “Melody Hill”, the B-side; it was also available on the back of cereal boxes. (Can you imagine cutting out a cardboard 45 to get the latest single?)

“Jingle Jangle” is different for featuring a female singer, Toni Wine, as lead. She uses two accents to play both Betty and Veronica. “Feelin’ So Good (SKOOBY DOO)” was the band’s first single, but it wasn’t a hit. And notice the phonetic mention of Archie’s biggest animated rival at a time when the two shows were battling it out on Saturday mornings. I can’t really visualize a girlfriend named that, though.

“Yummy Yummy Yummy” actually isn’t by the Archies, but the Ohio Express, and “Lay a Little Lovin’ on Me” is by Robin McNamara. Most people lump all bubblegum together anyway, since most of the bands were made up of faceless studio musicians, so it’s possible that these tracks were included because some people worked on both, but I don’t know any specific details. (And of course, I wouldn’t know any of this without KC telling me about all this history.)

2 Responses to “Archie MP3s Downloads Plus Some Extra”

  1. Bill D. Says:

    Thanks for the heads-up on this, Johanna. Definitely be downloading those when I get home tonight. How’s the sound quality? I have Sugar, Sugar and Jingle Jangle on my player already, but they sound like someone just recorded from the vinyl, so I’d like better copies.

  2. Johanna Says:

    Oh, I’m the wrong person to ask about sound quality, sorry. If I can hear it, I’m ok with it.




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