Thursday Inspiration #111 My Boyfriend’s Back

Respond to this challenge, by either by using the prompt word back, or going with the above picture, or by means of the song ‘My Boyfriend’s Back’, or by going with another song by The Angels or the Strangeloves, or anything else that you think fits.  In 1963, ‘My Boyfriend’s Back’ by The Angels reached #50 in the UK and it went all the way to #1 in the US and this girl group recorded this song based on a demo that was created for them.  The Angels were a girl group from New Jersey that started out as a quartet named the Starlets, but when the line-up changed with the two sisters Phyllis Allbut and Barbara Allbut staying and the two others left and finally were replaced by Peggy Santiglia in 1963, their name changed to the Angels.  In addition to having hits of their own, they were much in demand as background vocalists on others artists’ records.  In 2005, the Angels were inducted in the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.

The songwriting/production trio from Brooklyn, New York City made up of Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein and Richard Gottehrer wrote this song and produced it.  Bob Feldman was inspired to write this song after witnessing an altercation between a girl and a tough-looking boy who was wearing a leather jacket.  The girl yelled at him for telling lies about her at school and actually said the two phrases that would become lyrics to the song, “My boyfriend’s back and you’re gonna be in trouble… you’re gonna be sorry you were ever born.”  Feldman told Jerry Goldstein and Richard Gottehrer about the incident that night and they came up with one of the most legendary songs in the history of rock.

There is an interesting story about these songwriters, as they were able to foresee the decline of the Girl Group era and they adapted to it.  Girl groups were a constant presence on the Billboard pop charts in 1962 to 1965, but, by 1965 the popularity of this sound was waning as it was eclipsed by other musical trends.  When the Beatles came along with the other British invasion bands, they wrote their own songs and had an image that could be connected with their music, so the teen magazines and television variety supported them, while virtually ignoring the girl groups changing the established methods.  Feldman, Goldstein and Gottehrer started recording their own songs, calling themselves The Strangeloves, pretending to be a savage Australian act.

While the Strangeloves were performing on the road in Ohio in 1965, a local band opened for them known as Ricky Z and the Raiders, led by Rick Derringer who was known as Rick Zehringer at the time.  Recognizing their raw talent, the producers immediately brought 16-year-old Derringer and his band to New York, recorded Derringer’s voice over an already-recorded existing music track from The Strangeloves’ album, I Want Candy, and released the Wes Farrell and Bert Berns song ‘Hang On Sloopy’ as a single under the name The McCoys.

In the song ‘My Boyfriend’s Back’, this girl has had enough of this guy who was spreading rumors about her and trying to ruin her reputation by making it sound like she has been a slut, while her boyfriend was away for some unknown reason.  Anyway, he is back now and the singer is telling the jerk that he should take off before he gets beaten up by her boyfriend.

My boyfriend’s back and you’re gonna be in trouble
(Hey-la, hey-la, my boyfriend’s back)

11 thoughts on “Thursday Inspiration #111 My Boyfriend’s Back

  1. I remember the Chiffons version more.
    The Terminator is my favourite Sci fi film and the theme is one I can play though I tend to blend in the theme from We were Soldiers which works pretty well IMO.

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