Looky, Looky, My Cookie’s Gone – The Raspberry Pirates (Atco Records, 1968)

raspberrypiratesThe Raspberry Pirates were robbed.

It took exactly one listen to this for me to recognize the distinctive opening passage of this song, as it is almost identical to “Yummy, Yummy, Yummy,” recorded by the Ohio Express, also in 1968. This similarity is more than coincidental– both musically and syllabolically. Give these two tracks a listen:

Looky, Looky, My Cookie’s Gone – The Raspberry Pirates (download)

“Yummy, Yummy, Yummy” was released by Buddah Records in 1968, and went to #4 on the US pop charts. Interestingly, it has been noted that this song was ripped off as well. The same distictive opening adopted a third time by the Beatles, for their sang “Back in the USSR,” recorded three months after the release of “Yummy Yummy Yummy.”

Karma’s a bitch!

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One response to “Looky, Looky, My Cookie’s Gone – The Raspberry Pirates (Atco Records, 1968)

  1. When I interviewed in Seattle back in Feburary some station called The Mountain was kicking off a “100 Worst Ripoffs of All-Time” countdown. Ironically, there was some serious hatin’ on the Rolling Stones.

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