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Sugar Sugar: Archie's version vs. Josie and the Pussycats Riverdale version

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I talked by phone recently with my niece Rachel.  She is 11 and lives in Boulder, CO. Her favorite show is Riverdale, and she loves to talk about  it.

archie3.JPG>The real Archie?

I learned this TV show was adapted from the old comic books featuring Archie and Betty and Jughead and Veronica and Reggie.

I was a big Archie fan when I was Rachel's age.  I had stacks of the comic books, and I  watched the cartoon on Saturday morning.

I know nothing about CW's TV rendition of  Riverdale , except that it's not a cartoon and is very popular with the tween and early teen demographic.

Over the phone with Rachel I started singing "Sugar Sugar' from 1969.

Sugar, uh uh uh uh uh uh, ah honey honey

uh uh uh uh uh uh

You are my candy girl

And you got me wanting you

Talk about a take-you-back-in time little ear worm.  I still remember the words.

"I  like the new version," Rachel said, interrupting my reverie.

New version? Of Sugar, Sugar?

Archie1.JPG>K.J. Apa is Archie in Riverdale 

How could they remake the best song ever by a cartoon character? 'Sugar, Sugar' was the No. 1 song for the year 1969.

Here's what ENews at eonline.com says: "Sugar, Sugar" was originally performed by The Archies, a group of fictional characters from The Archie Show. The song shot to No. 1 on the Billboard 100 chart and stayed there for four weeks, topping songs by the likes of Marvin Gaye, Elvis Presley and The Beatles. 

See what I'm talking about? Archie Andrews sold more 45's of 'Sugar, Sugar' than songs by Marvin Gaye, Elvis, and the Beatles? Also the Rolling Stones and Stevie Wonder. It beat songs like 'Proud Mary,' 'Suspicious Minds,' Spinning Wheel' and on and on.

(Actually Wilson Pickett did a pretty soulful cover in 1970.)

Archie Andrews. With Betty and Veronica on tambourine and hand-claps.  And the other wonderful cartoon musicians who have been somewhat anonymous.

Listen to Archie's phrasing when he sings 'Oh sugar, pour a little sugar on it honey,' deftly  juxtaposing sugar with the sweetness of honey. A brilliant bit of wordplay there.

What's not to like: On the classic Sugar Sugar video there's the double-knee crunch dancing of Betty and Veronica; Archie playing a mean rhythm guitar that looks like a Gibson Les Paul; and  all sorts of cartoon shenanigans like Archie and Reggie  turning into a frog or rabbit when kissed.

That kind of splendid imagery can't happen in Riverdale with live actors, I don't care what kind of special effects you have these days.

But Rachel insisted the Josie  and Pussycats version at  Riverdale is  by far the best Sugar, Sugar.

rachel2.JPG>L-R Mike Oliver's daughters Claire, Emily and niece Rachel all have seen Riverdale. It's Rachel's favorite show. |  

In the updated version, they have changed the name of the song to 'Candy Girl (Sugar, Sugar).' by Inner Circle featuring Flo Rida, (Vocalizing, I suppose for Josie and the Pussycats). It's a modern song and the show is a far cry from the Archie of Saturday mornings past.  Parents need to know that Riverdale is a drama about a group of teens that's based on the classic Archie comics.

According to Commonsensemedia.org

"The series has a much darker tone than the comics, with events revolving around the murder of a local teen boy, an illicit affair."

Archie? With a teacher? Riverdale has become, well, real. Maybe too real.

Here's the new version, with a new rapping intro:

Riverdale | Josie and the Pussycats Perform Sugar, Sugar | The CW

Rachel, my niece,  gives a solid thumbs up to the Riverdale version. Her favorite character is Jughead.

I am partial to the 'old' version, the No. 1 hit in 1969. My favorite character in the old series was Jughead.

Maybe the competition will spur cartoon Archie to come out of retirement and get the band back together. (He's been virtually unheard of since that bitter break-up song in the 70s:  'I Don't Need You to Carry a 'Toon.')

The Archies - Sugar, Sugar (Original 1969 Music Video)

Which one do you like best?

(To comment, scroll to the botttom of the story. For more on the song and the Archies see here.)

Contact Mike Oliver at moliver@AL.com, on Twitter @MikeOliverAL. Read his blog at  MyVInylCountdown.com

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