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“Kicks”  is a song by American rock band Paul Revere & the Raiders.  Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil wrote the song for The Animals, but the band’s lead singer Eric Burdon turned it down.  Instead, Paul Revere & The Raiders recorded and released it as a single in 1966.  The single was a number one hit in Canada, and reached number four in the United States.  Considered one of the earliest anti-drug pop songs, “Kicks” was composed and released during an era in which pro-hippie, pro-experimentation, and other counterculture themes were gaining popularity on U.S. FM radio stations.  In 2004, “Kicks” was ranked number 400 on Rolling Stone’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.  (More from Wikipedia)

The name of the Greg Shaw magazine called Who Put the Bomp is taken from “Who Put the Bomp (in the Bomp, Bomp, Bomp)”, a Top-40 hit by Barry Mann.  This was basically a one-hit wonder, but Mann always concentrated mostly on his songwriting, and he is well known for numerous songs that were co-written with his wife Cynthia Weil – “Blame it on the Bossa Nova” by Eydie Gorme, “Hungry” and “Kicks” by Paul Revere and the Raiders, “Here You Come Again” by Dolly Parton, “Looking through the Eyes of Love” by Gene Pitney originally, etc.  


(May 2013)


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