Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Question for Tyree: Are you a boy or are you a girl?

"Are You a Boy or Are You a Girl?" by the Barbarians debuts on the Billboard Hot 100 at #83 for the week ending September 25, 1965.  It spent 6 weeks on the chart, peaking at #55.  The song received a lot more airplay than it's credited for.

Related reading:
Old music: The Barbarians – Are You a Boy or Are You a Girl?  (The Guardian, 5/28/2012)
Passions ran high when men starting growing their hair longer in the 60s. Looking back at the Beatles' modest pudding-basin jobs now it's hard to understand how threatened the older generation seemed by the Moptops' moptops. A tedious symptom of this was the joke that sustained many a comedian through the decade: you couldn't tell the boys from the girls any more! 
The Barbarians, a garage band from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, neatly subverted this less than hilarious genre with their minor hit single Are You a Boy or Are You a Girl?

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