When Filmation Studios landed a hit of the late 60s with the Saturday morning cartoon TV show The Archies, it didn't take long before they started looking for more "sugar" with a similarly musically accentuated successor. Inspired by the success of shows such as The Munsters and The Addams Family, written for Laugh-In by a number of writers and featuring the voice of Larry Storch of F-Troop, Groovie Goolies first aired in September 1970 with the Archies offshoot Sabrina, the teenage witch.
Although it only lasted 16 episodes, the Groovie Goolies cult continues to this day (and even inspired the name of the S.F. punk band The Groovie Ghoulies). Why? One guess - the music! Just like The Archies with Andy Kim, Ron Dante and Jeff Barry, Groovie Goolies A-talents have led them to compose and perform two songs for each episode, including Dick Monda and, for this album, Sherry Gayden and Janet Martin alias Richard Delvy and Ed Fournier of surf rock band The Challengers (that's Fournier dressed as Wolfie on the back of the cover). And playing in the band: legendary guitarist Larry Carlton and Elvis Presley drummer Ron Tutt! The whole record has a very archaic vibe with some very groovy, uh, groovy touches, like the fuzztone guitar on "Save Your Good Lovin' for Me", the wah-wah-wah on "Frankie" and even some sitar.
No wonder that the original copies of this record from 1970 are traded for a lot of money ... our very first vinyl re-release of the Groovie Goolies is limited to 500 copies, and our very first CD release includes liner notes by Bill Kopp with an interview with Dick Monda! Happy 50th anniversary, Groovie Goolies!