The Strangeloves Finally Get Lucky With Sheep

Do you recall the odd and strange-looking band “The Strangeloves” ?  We’ll bet you recall and loved to dance to their two huge hits “I Want Candy” and “Night Time, Is The Right Time”….But, here’s the best part

During the 60’s British Invasion, The New York based, Strangeloves billed themselves as an Australian outfit to cash in on the mystique being attached to foreign groups. They made outrageous claims that they hailed from the fictitious farming  region of Armstrong, Australia ! They claimed that they were Shepherd’s in this remote ( nonexistent ) locale They went on to claim that they had made huge fortunes by developing a way to successfully clone sheep!!

The Strangeloves really weren’t a band, they were three New York songwriters / record producers. Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein and Rickard Gotterher….In 1963 the trio had just come off writing and producing the infectious “My Boyfriend’s Back”  by The Angels and tried to develop a series of girl groups but failed. However in 1965 they came up with the “Sheep Story” Put on “Sheep Herder duds” ? And Cut the two aforementioned songs and the joke was on us !

Later in the year, they recruited über Guitarist / Vocalist Rick Derringer, dropped all the Shepard B.S., renamed the band The McCoys and recorded and released the now classic, “Hang On Sloopy” which was actually “I want Candy” sideways !

Here’s a listen to “I Want Candy…

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  1. Wasn’r “I Want Candy” a sort of Chuck Berry jam/rhythm riff type of jam!! I admit I liked the tune!! And the little musical break in the middle was cool too!
    Oh I woke up this a.m. with the song “Rock and Roll Hoochiecoo” on my brain!! Now I think that was Derringer??
    Thanx ” Shoe”
    the wood

    • Hey Wood,
      “Rock and Roll Hootchie Koo” YEAH BABY ! Now that’s a great record. Written and recorded by Rick Derringer, from 1973 and by the way featuring a couple of the original McCoys on the single. Rick had originally written for Johnny Winter, Johnny released it in 1970, but didn’t get much attention! However the Derringer record that we love made the top 10…….By the way Johnny is playing on Ricks record!
      Meanwhile, your on to something with “I want Candy” however it’s not Chuck Berry, it’s a stone cold rip of Bo Diddly! Especially his song “Bo Diddly’s a gun slinger”…
      However, let’s go back and listen to….”ROCK AND ROLL HOOTCHIE KOO

  2. THE McCOYS …. MIND BLOWN!!! I gotta say a BIG THANK YOU!!! Because for the last year my mind continued to periodacally kept comming up with “SLOOPY” playing in the background of the radio in my head and I COULD NOT THINK OF THE BAND!!! I finally googled just a few weeks ago and now you are discussing it! And Rick Derringer IS AWESOME!!! And didn’t he later have his own band??
    Thanx “Shoe”
    the wood

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