Zero to 180 – Three Minute Magic

Discoveries of a Pop Music Archaeologist

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"Junk Maker Shoppe"
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“Junk Maker Shoppe”: Hard-Edged Sunshine Pop

One of the lesser-known practitioners of West Coast sunshine pop is Yellow Balloon, a group formed after-the-fact as a performing and touring vehicle for songwriter/producer, Gary Zekley, who released his own version (#25) of debut single, “Yellow Balloon,” in direct competition with Jan & Dean [celebrated here in 2013], whose

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"Mr. Sun Mr. Moon"
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Q: Who’s the Swingin’est Dolly?

Answer:  Swingy. I picked up a flexi-disc at the local thrift store, just like the ones kids used to cut out of the back of cereal boxes back when “Sugar Sugar” by The Archies was burning up the charts (click here for a discography of “cereal box records” by those

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