Friday, 4 August 2017

"Ag-a-doo-doo-doo, push pineapple, shake the tree
Aga-doo-doo-doo, push pineapple, grind coffee"

ABC Radio Newcastle recently drew my attention to this little gem:

According to

Agadoo is a novelty song recorded by the band Black Lace in 1984.

The song's origins date back to 1971, when Michel Delancray and Mya Symille recorded it as ‘Agadou’ in French. It had been written based on a tune that had apparently come from Morocco.

The Black Lace group was made up during its heyday by the duo of performers Dene Michael and Alan Barton. One of the early versions of the song became popular in a Derby nightclub called Gossips, with the bar staff making a novelty dance; when Black Lace performed at the club in 1981, they learnt the dance and recorded their own version, which was the first version in English.

Agadoo peaked at number two in the UK Singles Chart, and spent 30 weeks in the top 75. It went on to become the eighth best-selling single of 1984 in the UK, despite being banned on BBC Radio 1 because it ‘was not credible’.

In a survey for dotmusic in 2000, respondents voted Agadoo as the fourth most annoying song of all time. In a poll for Q magazine in 2003, a panel of music writers voted Agadoo as the worst song of all time, saying: ‘It sounded like the school disco you were forced to attend, your middle-aged relatives forming a conga at a wedding party, a travelling DJ act based in Wolverhampton, every party cliche you ever heard.’

The panel also described it as ‘magnificently dreadful’.”
Well, that’s all enough for me to want to learn the dance and join in!! Anne

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for bringing this lovely reminder into my day. Love this song. So do hundreds of people my age. So do hundreds of today's school students. Just goes to show that those critics were incompetent.