An abridged version of the above-mentioned bubblegum history was used in the book Bubblegum Music Is The Naked Truth, and I remain enormously proud to have been involved in that fine project. While that book earned its own cachet of cool, few realize that there was initially talk of compiling an audio companion to the book, either to be sold separately or included with the book itself. Editors Kim Cooper and David Smay invited contributors to submit ideas for what tracks could be included on this hypothetical, aborted compilation, and this was my submission:
Let’s face it: anybody can cover “Sugar, Sugar” but it takes a visionary act to tackle “Feelin So Good (S.k.o.o.b.y-D.o.o),” The Archies’ failed second single (after “Bang-Shang-A-Lang” and before the smash that was “Sugar, Sugar”). The visionary act in question is The Lolas, who included the tune on their debut album, Ballerina Breakout, which was one of the best rockin’ pop albums of 1999.
2016 POSTSCRIPT: Although this compilation wasn't meant to be, I did eventually play a part in finding homes for two of its proposed tracks. The Flashcubes' "Boy Scout Pin-Up" was included on the companion CD for Shake Some Action, the wonderful power pop book edited by John M. Borack, and Blotto's "We Wanna See The Monkees" made its lo-fi way to the most Dana & Carl compilation, This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 3. And yeah, I did subsequently recycle some of that Archies entry for my piece on What If The Archies Had Been A Real Band?