Build Me Up Buttercup
|"Build Me Up Buttercup"|
album cover related to the song
|Single by The Foundations|
|from the album Build Me Up Buttercup (U.S.)
The Foundations (U.K.)
|Format||Vinyl record (7")|
|Writer(s)||Mike d'Abo, Tony Macaulay|
|The Foundations singles chronology|
"Build Me Up Buttercup" is the name of a classic Pop/R&B 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 during 1968 and this was the first Foundations hit on which he sang.
It hit #1 on the Cash Box singles chart and #3 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in early 1969. It was also a #2 hit in the United Kingdom. It was quickly certified Gold by the RIAA for sales of over a million US copies.
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.
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. English musician Frank Turner recorded a slightly darker cover for the 1969: Key to Change album. The song later appeared on his compilation album The Second Three Years.
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 and Pitt Panthers, 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.
Single releases of various versions
- 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)
- Dopson, Roger. Baby Now That I've Found You, Sequel Records NEECD 300 (1st ed.). UK: Sequel REcords.
- http://www.platform-end.co.uk The Manfred man and is bands of gold…. By David Barnett – Bradford Telegraph & Argus Sat 23 August 2003