K-Chuck Radio: Are they just children’s games?

Thought I’d do this for today’s edition of K-Chuck Radio.  This playlist features several songs that were either inspired by, or build their song concept from, our games of youth.  You know, the ones we played after lunch at recess; the ones we played in the parking lot; the sing-song chants we used with jumping rope or covering our eyes when our friends looked for places to hide.  And we start with…

JAY AND THE TECHNIQUES
Apple, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie

Jay Proctor and the Techniques came from Allentown, Pennsylvania, and this track from 1967 was their biggest hit.

SOMEBODY’S IMAGE
Hide and Seek

The lead singer of Somebody’s Image, Russell Morris, later had several international hits, including “The Real Thing” and “Wings of an Eagle.”

THE PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
Run and Hide

Not to be confused with the NHL team of the same name, and I’m still scratching my head as to how they avoided any copyright infringement on the name itself.

THE 1910 FRUITGUM COMPANY
Simon Says

This bubblegum pop group had several hits, this was their biggest.  I think it was a race between them and the Ohio Express as to who could do the sugariest song out there.

THE 1910 FRUITGUM COMPANY
One Two Three Red Light

Yep, they even had a song with an inspiration from the “Mother, May I?” game of yore.

MARTIKA
Toy Soldiers

And who didn’t play with those green army men?  Legends are told of the Battle of the Dresser Countertop, or the secret war that took place with the monsters that hide under the bed…

BARBRA STREISAND
My Coloring Book

One of Barbra Streisand’s earliest hits; she used the coloring book as a leitmotif for a broken heart.

FRANKIE SMITH
Double Dutch Bus

To play “double dutch” involves two jumpropes. It’s fun. I could never do it. But this song was the first Top 40 hit to tie itself to double dutch jump rope jumping.

MALCOLM McLAREN
Double Dutch

I remember playing this record on college radio – this was the Sex Pistols / Bow Wow Wow’s attempt to bring world music to urban culture.

Now go outside and play.  Get yourself some fresh air.  And keep tuned in to K-Chuck Radio!

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