Swedish Meatballs

Please to help me vith my muzaksack, Mr. Beeks?

Please to help me vith my muzaksack, Mr. Beeks?

Not that Monday means anything to someone with an odd workweek anyway, but when it falls in the middle of a nice stretch of vacation time, the day really loses any and all negative associations with it!  Well…. almost all of them, since it’s still the day I reveal yet another eclectic song from The Nest’s Top 30 Covers Songs of All Time countdown.  DJ Scratchy and her fly sponkies are literally on pins and needles ready to fire up another track that sounded so much better the second time around…. at least to one person in this world that is….


#20. “Hooked On A Feeling” – Blue Swede

B.J. Thomas was a singer whose talents made him successful in many, many musical genres that most people don’t bother to listen to… but of course, we best know him for the few years raindrops weren’t a fallin’ on his head in the pop world.  Thomas had a string of hits in the late 60’s and early 70’s that could often be heard on the AM radio that was shrouded by a thick band of funny smelling smoke.  One of those was “Hooked on a Feeling,” which was a #5 hit on the pop charts and was one of the rare pop hits that totally rocked the sitar.

The sitar that solved a thousand crossword puzzles.

The sitar that solved a thousand crossword puzzles.

But have you ever said to yourself…… “You know, I like that song, but I bet it’d sound even better if it was backed by a bunch of tribal jungle chanting?”  Björn Skifs thought the same thing, so he got his band Blue Swede to cover the BJ Thomas hit with more of a rock edge… as well as adding the sounds of deepest Africa.  And it’s the only thing anyone even remembers the band for 40 years later.

Say it with me, now!!!

Ooga chaka!  Ooga ooga ooga chaka!!!  Ooga ooga ooga chaka!!!

Ooga chaka! Ooga ooga ooga chaka!!! Ooga chaka!!!  Ooga chaka!!!

As totally awesome as the chanting is that the song begins with, and reprises following the intermezzo… the song’s just a ton better than the original all around.  And as we all learned from Christopher Walken, everything sounds better with more cowbell…

IIIIIIII'm hooked on a clopping...

IIIIIIII’m hooked on a clopping…

It’s no surprise that Blue Swede topped BJ’s mark and took their version of the song all the way up to #1 in 1974.  And given the dearth of cover songs in my countdown that debuted before I was born, they should be thrilled to have earned a spot in my Top 20!  This song is the second best thing to appear on my blog that originated from Sweden

red squirrel statue sweden

They love their squirrels in Stockholm!

Come back next week for the #19 entry in my cover song countdown that promises to be as nasty as it wants to be….


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19 Responses to Swedish Meatballs

  1. it’s a song for a super good day… I will save it when I have one, it deserved no grumpy face :o)

  2. Can we go back and talk about “Trading Places?” It’s one of my top 10 comedies and the last half hour of that movie is both hilarious and very satisfying (in a Karmic way).

    • It is one of my absolute favorite movies ever (Not that my cinematic viewing catalog is that big to begin with). The scene on the train is classic and my favorite part of the movie…

  3. fanrosa says:

    As I recall, you stated last week that you doubted there would be any more songs that were even in my yay column. I’ll have you know that I as a small child I was ooga-chackaing all over the place while you were still peeing your didies….

    So is it Sweed or Swayed? Back in the day of BG (before Gore) we could only rely upon the radio dj to actually hear pronunciations. And, although we knew how it was spelled (cause we had the .45…natch) Swede, it everyone always pronounced it Suede.

    • In fairness, I said I wasn’t sure how many more songs in the countdown were going to be on your YAY list. This would have been one I was reasonably sure of. I see a few maybes (one a strong maybe) and a whole lot of hell nos in the remaining 19 spots…

      Since the group is from Sweden, I can’t see how it could be said any way other than “sweed”. I think someone must have stepped on Mr. DJ’s blue swede shoes…

  4. pishnguyen says:

    Love it! But you haven’t lived until you’ve watched the music video of David Hasselhoff covering this song. It’s an adventure … hooked on a feeling. 😛

    • Oh wow…. I can’t even….. imagine what that must look like!

      • pishnguyen says:

        There were dachshunds, little kids dressed like angels, and a safari outfit. And that’s just for starters. It’s just something you can’t ever unsee. And yet, I have to admit I found it kind of fun and entertaining. I still watch it, sometimes, if I’m in a super bad mood. (Not today, though. Monday defeated even this. *sigh*)

  5. gentlestitches says:

    HaHaHa! One would indeed have to try very hard to be unhappy whist chanting ooga chaka.
    i was reckless and clicked on David Hasselhoffs rendition! My eyes! My eyes! 😦

  6. Trisha says:

    Hooked on a feeling always reminds me of my school days nemesis. She used to play it during warm-ups in band. Funny, I still feel kind of infuriated when I hear it!

    • Funny how songs can become so associated with other people that we subconsciously let our feelings about the person affect how we view the song. There are countless other songs that I feel the same way about…

  7. Thom says:

    and Blue Swede’s version was a cover of a cover, as the ooga-chaka’s were taken from a 1971 version by Jonathan King, record exec/producer/artist known for signing 10cc and discovering Genesis, and his sole U.S. hit as an artist, Everyone’s Gone To The Moon. Swede’s arrangement takes its cue from King, not Thomas. It was a pretty polarizing song as I recall, but it was a huge hit.

    • I saw that the ooga chakas had been borrowed as well, but since I’d never heard of the intermediate cover (and it didn’t seem to become widely known itself), I omitted it from my brief writeup. Funny how I let my perspective on things drive this series… I left out a number of great covers I like simply because I am so unfamiliar with the originals, or learned of their existence so late, that for all intents and purposes I don’t consider them covers. “Cum on Feel the Noize” is a good example… I still have never heard Slade’s version before…

  8. markbialczak says:

    Ooga-Chaka. Blue Swede by a landslide, and I don’t care if it’s a cover of a cover of a cover of a blanket. In 1974 it was better than B.J. Thomas.

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