Hooked on a Feeling
|"Hooked on a Feeling"|
|Single by B. J. Thomas|
|from the album On My Way|
|"Hooked on a Feeling"|
|Single by Blue Swede|
|from the album Hooked on a Feeling|
|B-side||"Gotta Have Your Love"|
|Blue Swede singles chronology|
"Hooked on a Feeling" is a 1968 pop song written by Mark James and originally performed by B. J. Thomas. Featuring the sound of the electric sitar, the song reached number five in 1969 on the Billboard Hot 100. Cover versions by other artists have also been significant chart successes, including a chart-topping single by Blue Swede in 1974.
The session musicians on Thomas' 1968 recording were members of the American Sound Studio's House Band in Memphis (Tommy Cogbill and Reggie Young on guitar, Mike Leach on bass, Bobby Woods on Piano and Bobby Emmons on drums). Reggie Young also provided the song's famous electric sitar.
In 1971, English musician Jonathan King produced his own version, adding hooga chaka jungle chants that some consider similar to those on Johnny Preston's "Running Bear". King described it as "a reggae rhythm by male voices". His version reached number 23 on the UK Singles Chart in 1972.
In 1974, the Swedish pop group Blue Swede, with Björn Skifs as lead singer, did a cover, which included their own version of King's "hooga chaka" introduction. Their version reached number one in the United States. It has been revived from time to time as a cultural touchstone of the 1970s: on the Reservoir Dogs soundtrack in 1992, as the "Dancing Baby" song in the Ally McBeal TV show, and the 2014 film Guardians of the Galaxy, which featured the song in its advance advertising, resulting in a significant spike in sales for the recording.
The popular Blue Swede version of the song changed the lyrics. The original B.J. Thomas recording had the lyrics:
"I got it bad for you, babe, but I don't need a cure. I'll just stay addicted and hope I can endure all the good love..."
The Blue Swede recording changed those lyrics to the less lucid:
"Got a bug from you, girl, but I don't need no cure. I just stay a victim, if I can for sure All the good love..."
It's possible that the lyrics were changed to avoid the mild, metaphorical drug reference in the original lyrics, since the U.K.'s BBC was known to ban songs that contained lyrics they suspected of being drug-related.
In 2013, B. J. Thomas included "Hooked on a Feeling" in duet with Sara Niemietz, on The Living Room Sessions. The album includes new interpretations of many of Thomas' greatest hits, with production and instrumental arrangements by Kyle Lehning, and was released on the Wrinkled Records label.
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