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. Thomas's version featured the sound of the electric sitar, and reached number five in 1969 on the Billboard Hot 100. It has been recorded by many other artists, including Blue Swede, whose version reached number one in the United States in 1974. Billboard ranked the Blue Swede version as the No. 20 song for 1974.
B.J. Thomas released his recording of "Hooked on a Feeling" in 1968. The personnel on the original recording included members of the American Sound Studio band (Tommy Cogbill and Reggie Young on guitar, Mike Leech on bass, and Buddy Emmons on drums. Reggie Young played the electric sitar. In 2013, 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.
In 1971, English musician Jonathan King recorded a cover of the song, 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. The Blue Swede version of the song tweaked the lyrics to avoid what may have been construed as a drug reference.
|Original Lyrics||Blue Swede 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…"
|"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…"
The band The Offspring sample the Blue Swede's "hooga chaka" refrain in their song "Special Delivery", from the album, Conspiracy of One (2000). It was also covered by "Captain Hook" for the Shrek 2 Party CD.
It has been revived from time to time as a cultural touchstone of the 1970s: e.g., on the Reservoir Dogs soundtrack in 1992, and as the "dancing baby" song in the Ally McBeal TV show. The 2014 film Guardians of the Galaxy, which featured the brass fanfare and title lyrics of the Blue Swede cover version prominently in its trailers and theatrical release, resulted in a significant spike in sales for the recording; the film's soundtrack reached the top of the Billboard 200 chart in August 2014.
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