Popcorn (instrumental)

"Popcorn" (originally spelled "Pop Corn") is the fifth track of the album Music to Moog By, composed by Gershon Kingsley in 1969. It was recorded at the Audio Fidelity Records label in New York City. The title is generally written as one word, although some single sleeves (such as the one illustrated) present it as two words, "Pop Corn".

"Popcorn"
Gershon Kingsley - Popcorn (cover).jpg
Song
from the album Music to Moog By
Released1969
GenreSynth-pop[1][2]
Length2:24
Label
Songwriter(s)Gershon Kingsley
Producer(s)Herman D. Gimbel

First Moog Quartet versionEdit

In 1971 the track was rerecorded by Gershon Kingsley's band First Moog Quartet. He later released a version under the name of The Popcorn Makers and this was the version that hit most successfully on the charts.

Hot Butter versionEdit

"Popcorn"
 
Single by Hot Butter
from the album Hot Butter
B-side"At the Movies"
Released1972
GenreSynth-pop[3]
Length2:30
Label
  • Interfusion (AUS)
  • Musicor (US and Canada)
Songwriter(s)Gershon Kingsley[4]
Producer(s)
  • Bill Jerome
  • Steve Jerome
Hot Butter singles chronology
"Popcorn"
(1972)
"Skokiaan"
(1973)
Audio sample

In 1972, Stan Free, a fellow member of the First Moog Quartet, rerecorded "Popcorn" with his band Hot Butter, from the album Hot Butter. This version of "Popcorn" became the second primarily electronic-based piece of music to reach the American popular music charts, three years after "The Minotaur" by Dick Hyman & His Electric Eclectics. It peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 4 on the Easy Listening chart, and had even greater success in Australia, topping the charts for 8 weeks. It proved equally as popular in mainland Europe, spending several weeks at No. 1 in numerous European countries, including France (4 weeks at the top) and Switzerland (10 weeks), ultimately becoming the biggest-selling single of 1972 in both countries. (In the former, this version of "Popcorn" is the 131st best-selling single of all time, with sales of approximately 900,000 copies).[5] "Popcorn" was also a No. 1 hit in Germany (3 weeks), the Netherlands (7 weeks) and Norway (9 weeks).

ChartsEdit

The Boomtang Boys versionEdit

In 1999, the Canadian band The Boomtang Boys covered "Popcorn," their version peaked at number 26 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs during 9 weeks[31] and at number 10 on the Canadian dance chart.[32]

Track listingsEdit

Germany

  1. "Popcorn (Microwave Mix)" – 5:22
  2. "Popcorn (Likebutta Mix)" – 5:25

Canada

  1. "Popcorn (Likebutta Mix)" – 5:25
  2. "Popcorn (Microwave Mix)" – 5:22
  3. "Time After Time" – 4:13
  4. "Time After Time (Instrumental)" – 4:13

ChartsEdit

Chart (1999) Peak
position
Canada Dance/Urban (RPM)[32] 10
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[31] 26

Crazy Frog versionEdit

"Popcorn"
 
Single by Crazy Frog
from the album Crazy Frog Presents Crazy Hits
B-side"Who Let the Frog Out?"
Released22 August 2005
GenreEurodance[33]
Length
  • 3:12 (album version)
  • 2:46 (radio edit)
LabelMinistry of Sound
Songwriter(s)Gershon Kingsley[4]
Producer(s)Erik Wernquist
Crazy Frog singles chronology
"Axel F"
(2005)
"Popcorn"
(2005)
"Jingle Bells/U Can't Touch This"
(2005)

Crazy Frog released a cover of "Popcorn" in 2005. Jamba! once again arranged the remix, and also marketed it as a ringtone. The song differs from the debut release "Axel F", as it does not contain the trademark "Crazy Frog sound" by Daniel Malmedahl.

The single was a hit in various countries, particularly in France, where it enjoyed its greatest success. Replacing Crazy Frog's own song "Axel F" at No. 1 on 24 September 2005, the track remained at the top spot for seven weeks, with its best weekly sales of 71,777 copies in its second week.[34] Certified Diamond status just three months after its release by the SNEP, as of August 2014, this version of "Popcorn" is the 40th best-selling single of the 21st century in France, with 458,000 copies sold.[35] The track also topped the charts in Belgium, New Zealand and Spain.[citation needed]

The music video, CGI-animated, was produced by Kaktus Film and Erik Wernquist of TurboForce3D, and features Crazy Frog causing chaos at the undersea labs of the drones.

Track listingsEdit

7" single

  1. "Popcorn" – 2:30
  2. "At the Movies" – 2:31

UK

  1. "Popcorn" (radio mix)
  2. "Popcorn" (radio mix instrumental)
  3. "Popcorn" (potatoheadz mix)
  4. "Popcorn" (radikal mix)
  5. "Popcorn" (resource mix)
  6. "Popcorn" (video)

Australia

  1. "Popcorn" (radio mix)
  2. "Popcorn" (potatoheadz mix)
  3. "Popcorn" (resource mix)
  4. "Who Let the Frog Out?"

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[36] Gold 35,000^
France (SNEP)[38] Diamond 471,816[37]

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

ChartsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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