Build Me Up Buttercup

Build Me Up Buttercup

"Build Me Up Buttercup"
B-side "New Direction"
Released 1968
Format Vinyl record (7")
Genre Soul
Length 3:00
Label Pye, Uni
Writer(s) Mike d'Abo, Tony Macaulay
The Foundations singles chronology

"Any Old Time (You're Lonely and Sad)"
"Build Me Up Buttercup"
"In the Bad Bad Old Days (Before You Loved Me)"

"Build Me Up Buttercup" is the name of a pop song written by Mike d'Abo and Tony Macaulay, and released by The Foundations with Colin Young singing the lead vocals in 1968. This was the third major hit for The Foundations. Colin Young replaced Clem Curtis in 1968 and this was the first Foundations hit on which he sang. It reached number 2 on the UK charts and number 3 in the US on the Billboard Hot 100 in February 1969, where it stayed for 11 weeks.

It was re-recorded in or around the late 1980s when original Foundations members Clem Curtis and Alan Warner teamed up to recut this as well as other hits of The Foundations.[1]

In 2003, Colin Young recorded an updated version of the song backed by a choir of policemen from the Surrey police force. The proceeds from the sale of the CD go to Milly's Fund. The fund is a trust set up in memory of murdered school girl Amanda Dowler. Apparently the song was a favourite of hers.[2]

The song was used in the 1983 film Luggage of the Gods!, and featured again in movies twice in the 1990s and once in 2007. It was covered by rock band The Goops in 1995 for the soundtrack of Mallrats, with the music video featuring View Askewniverse characters Jay and Silent Bob. Three years later, it was included (as its original version) in the 1998 film There's Something about Mary. The actors of the film also made a video for the song, with all the main actors miming to the words in character. It was also covered by The Frantic in 2007 as a bonus track on their album Audio & Murder. This version is popularly thought to have been done by both NOFX and The Donnas.

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim play this song during the seventh-inning stretch, after Take Me Out to the Ballgame; fans most often sing along with it, much like Sweet Caroline and the Boston Red Sox, as well as "New York, New York" and the New York Yankees. The song is also sung by fans and especially students during Wisconsin Badgers football and Boston College Eagles football games.

In 1997, the song was used in the Philippine TV program on GMA Network Growing Up starring Angelu de Leon and Bobby Andrews, as well as T.G.I.S. primetime on Philippine television history.

Single releases

  • The Foundations: "Build Me Up Buttercup"/"New Direction"; PYE 7N 17636 — 1968 (7")
  • Dominic: "Build Me Up Buttercup"/"To Be Too Much in Love"; CNR(NL)142.010 — 1982
  • Shirley Scott: "Build Me Up Buttercup"/"Buttercup Jam"; Music Works BMC 3545 — 1982
  • Torch: 1. "Build Me Up Buttercup" (Club mix), 2. (Instrumental)/1. (Radio edit), 2. (Underground mix); Pacific Records SAT-1XX — 1983 (12" single)
  • Colin Young & The Offbeats — 'For Milly's Fund': "Build Me Up Buttercup"/"Buttercup Too"/"No Man is an Island"; Ripe Music RIPEMCD1 — 2003 (CD single)


Further reading

  • CRITICAL BEATDOWN by Steven Shaviro

External links

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