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The Grooviest Girl in the World – The Fun and Games

25 All-time greatest bubblegum hits features The Grooviest Girl in the World by The Fun and GamesFew songs are more innocently psychedelic than “The Grooviest Girl in the World” by The Fun and Games. I discovered this song a few years ago on a compilation titled 25 All-Time Greatest Bubblegum Hits: The Ultimate Bubblegum Collection. In my opinion, this is THE ULTIMATE bubblegum hit. I’m convinced it would be a massive hit if one of today’s Bubblegum punk bands like Sum 41, Blink-182 or Green Day recorded this song. Like all great earworms, the hook around the chorus gets in your head and stays there.

Cause you’re the grooviest girl in the world
You’re a feminine portait of grace
You’re the grooviest girl in the world
And I’m a guy with impeccable taste
Ah-yeah!

Listen to “The Grooviest Girl in the World”

The Grooviest Girl in the World - The Fun and Games

So what is bubblegum rock? Songs that are as sweet as bubblegum and as instantly disposable. Think about the last time you ate bubble gum. Not Bubble Yum, Bubblicious or Hubba Bubba. That’s the primo stuff. I’m talking about the cheap gumballs you find in a dusty old machine in a tire store. You drop in your penny and get an instant burst of sugary goodness. Within 30 seconds the flavor is already fading. Within three minutes you need to spit it out because you’re now chomping on some stiff-yet-rubbery substance completely bereft of taste. That’s bubblegum rock in a nutshell. The first notes are exhilarating. The average song lasts 2.5 to 3 minutes max—about the same length as the average machine-bought tire-store gumball.

Classic gumball rock songs include “Sugar Sugar” by The Archies, “I’m a Believer” by The Monkees, “I Think We’re Alone Now” by Tommy James and the Shondells and “Yummy, Yummy, Yummy” by the Ohio Express with its famous chorus, “Yummy, yummy, yummy I got love in my tummy and I feel like a-lovin’ you.”

I bet you know and like each of these songs—in small doses.

“The Grooviest Girl in the World” is a perfect slice of bubblegum rock from The Fun and Games, a Dallas, Texas band that released a single album titled Elephant Candy in 1968. Then they disappeared from the music scene. I own Elephant Candy and it’s actually an interesting album that mixes a few more bubblegum rock songs (Elephant Candy and Sadie) with songs that could have fit nicely on an album by The Carpenters, Bread or The Association. Big production, big three-part harmonies. Lot’s of “La, la, las” throughout the album.

Elephant Candy is long out of print on LP and was never released on CD. So let’s keep things simple. If you like “The Grooviest Girl in the World” and the other bubblegum rock songs mentioned above, you should pick up “25 All-Time Greatest Bubblegum Hits: The Ultimate Bubblegum Collection.” Your sweet tooth will thank you.

You can also learn everything you’ve ever wanted to know about bubblegum music in “Bubblegum Music Is the Naked Truth: The Dark History of Prepubescent Pop, from the Banana Splits to Britney Spears

    Read the The Grooviest Girl in the World lyrics

    Sha la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la hey
    Sha la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la
    There she was standing over by the telephone
    Oh what a beautiful girl
    Standing in the phone booth
    Giving me a sweet look
    Makes me want to give her a whirl
    Hey little Judy in disguise
    Lucy in the sky
    Come fly with me in my balloon

    Chorus
    Cause you’re the grooviest girl in the world
    You’re a feminine portrait of grace
    You’re the grooviest girl in the world
    And I’m a guy with impeccable taste
    Ah-yeah!

    Walking such a long way
    Talking to her all day
    Sipping on a strawberry fizz
    Playing with her long hair
    Saying how much I care
    Telling her how groovy she is
    Hey little Judy in disguise
    Lucy in the sky
    Come fly with me in my balloon

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    I'm an obsessive music collector, cataloger, commenter and trivia nut. Sometimes I'm even a listener. One-hit wonders have always been a guilty pleasure.

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    3 Responses to "The Grooviest Girl in the World – The Fun and Games"

    1. [...] If you like Cheap Trick, you may also enjoy “What You Don’t Know About the Girl” by Roger Joseph Manning, Jr. and “The Grooviest Girl in the World” by The Fun and Games. [...]

    2. Todd Pence says:

      >Elephant Candy is long out of print on LP and was never released on CD.

      The album was released on CD in 2005 and is still readily availible from secondhand dealers.

    3. Michael Waterman says:

      Thanks for the updated Todd. Still one of my favorite bubblegum rock songs.

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