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"I Want Candy"
I want candy the strangeloves vinyl side a label.jpg
Side-A label of the American vinyl single
Single by the Strangeloves
from the album I Want Candy
B-side"It's About My Baby"
Released1965
GenreRock and roll[1]
Length2:59
LabelBang
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)The Strangeloves
The Strangeloves singles chronology
"Love, Love"
(1964)
"I Want Candy"
(1965)
"Out in the Sun"
(1965)

"I Want Candy" is a song written and originally recorded by the Strangeloves in 1965 that reached No. 11 in the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.[2] It is a famous example of a song that uses the Bo Diddley beat.[2]

Original version

"I Want Candy" was written by Bert Berns, Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein and Richard Gottehrer in 1965. Some reports suggest that the song was written after the producers saw dancer Candy Johnson performing at the 1964 World's Fair.[3]

As writer/producers, Feldman, Goldstein and Gottehrer had already scored big hits for other artists, including "My Boyfriend's Back" by the Angels. For this song, the trio took on the moniker of the Strangeloves, and recorded the tune themselves, augmented by studio musicians (co-writer Berns was not involved in the studio recording). The female vocalist heard half-screaming, half-singing "Baby!" in the middle of the track was an unknown session singer.

Although Feldman, Goldstein and Gottehrer used their real names in the writing and production credits of this single, they claimed the Strangeloves were actually three Australian brothers (and ex-sheep farmers) named Giles, Miles and Niles Strange. Feldman, Goldstein and Gottehrer dressed up in shaggy wigs and exotic clothing for publicity photos as the Strangeloves.

"I Want Candy", the Strangeloves' second single, became a top 10 hit in Canada and hit No. 11 in the US.[2] The record failed to chart in the UK—or in the Strangeloves' so-called "native" country, Australia.

Cover versions

Bow Wow Wow version

"I Want Candy"
Bow wow wow candy standard international edition.jpg
Standard cover art for UK and international vinyl editions
Single by Bow Wow Wow
from the album The Last of the Mohicans
B-side"King Kong"
Released1982
StudioCriteria (Miami)
GenreNew wave
Length2:46
LabelRCA
Songwriter(s)
  • Bert Berns
  • Bob Feldman
  • Jerry Goldstein
  • Richard Gottehrer
Producer(s)Kenny Laguna
Bow Wow Wow singles chronology
"Go Wild in the Country"
(1982)
"I Want Candy"
(1982)
"Fools Rush In"
(1982)
Music video
"I Want Candy" on YouTube

English new wave group Bow Wow Wow released their version as the first and only single from their EP The Last of the Mohicans. For many in America, "I Want Candy" was their first introduction to young lead singer Annabella Lwin and the band, who partnered with producer Kenny Laguna to record the song at Criteria Studios in Miami, Florida.[4] The song barely scraped the Top 50, but became an enduring new wave classic.[5]

To capitalize on the success of the "I Want Candy" music video, RCA compiled an album called I Want Candy for their newfound American audience. The album peaked at No. 123 on the Billboard 200.[6]

The Bow Wow Wow recording appeared on two VH1 countdowns:

  • No. 86 on VH1's "100 Greatest Songs of the '80s"[7]
  • No. 8 on VH1's "100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the '80s"[8]

Charts

Chart (1982) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[9] 39
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[10] 30
Ireland (IRMA)[11] 7
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[12] 26
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[13] 23
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[14] 30
UK Singles (OCC)[15] 9
US Billboard Hot 100[16] 62
US Hot Dance Club Play (Billboard)[16] 36
US Top Tracks (Billboard)[16] 22
US Cash Box Top 100[17] 61

Candy Girls featuring Valerie Malcolm version

"I Want Candy"
I Want Candy.jpg
Single by Candy Girls featuring Valerie Malcolm
B-side"Four other remixes"
Released1996 (UK)
Label
  • Feverpitch
  • EMI Records
Songwriter(s)
  • Bert Berns
  • Bob Feldman
  • Jerry Goldstein
  • Richard Gottehrer
Candy Girls featuring Valerie Malcolm singles chronology
"Wham Bam"
(1995)
"I Want Candy"
(1996)

British duo Candy Girls, consisting of Rachel Auburn and Paul Masterson, released a cover of "I Want Candy" featuring singer Valerie Malcolm. It became their third hit single in 1996, peaking at No. 30 on the UK Singles Chart and No. 12 on the UK Dance Singles Chart. But it hit number-one on Music Week's UK on a Pop Tip Club Chart. The single was their last as the duo split after the release. Masterson went on to have hits as Amen! UK, Clergy, Yomanda, Dorothy and Hi-Gate. A music video was also produced to promote the single.

Critical reception

A reviewer from Music Week rated Candy Girls' version of "I Want Candy" three out of five, describing it as "a pumped-up version of Bow Wow Wow's hit complete with piano breaks for that hands in the air bit. The girls' debut could catapult them chartwards."[18] Daisy & Havoc from the magazine's RM Dance Update gave it four out of five, writing, "The next booming Candy Girls outing is probably their best yet. It's really amusing, with the so-suitable 'I want candy' vocal and the all-round Nineties pop meets Fifties kitsch feel, and it's positively rabble-rousing in its enormous piano breaks."[19]

Track listings

  • Disc 1
  1. "I Want Candy" (Radio Edit)
  2. "I Want Candy" (12" Mix)
  3. "I Want Candy" (Candy's Disco Dub)
  4. "I Want Candy" (Jon the Dentist's Mix)
  5. "I Want Candy" (Beat Barons Mix)
  • Disc 2
  1. "I Want Candy" (Radio Edit)
  2. "Wham Bam"
  3. "Fee Fi Fo Fum"

Charts

Chart (1996–1997) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[20] 57
Canada Dance/Urban (RPM)[21] 6
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[22] 63
Scotland (OCC)[23] 31
UK Singles (OCC)[24] 30
UK Dance (OCC)[25] 12
UK on a Pop Tip Club Chart (Music Week)[26] 1

Aaron Carter version

"I Want Candy"
Aaron Carter I Want Candy cover.jpg
Single by Aaron Carter
from the album Aaron's Party (Come Get It)
B-side"Jump, Jump"
Released2000
Length3:16
Label
Songwriter(s)
  • Bert Berns
  • Bob Feldman
  • Jerry Goldstein
  • Richard Gottehrer
Aaron Carter singles chronology
"Children of the World"
(1999)
"I Want Candy"
(2000)
"Aaron's Party (Come Get It)"
(2000)

Aaron Carter released a cover of "I Want Candy" as his seventh overall single, and the second single from his second album, Aaron's Party (Come Get It) (2000).

This version of "I Want Candy" begins with a phone conversation with a friend about a girl named Candy and features the participation of his brother Nick Carter from the Backstreet Boys. Carter promoted it by performing it on the show Lizzie McGuire. A music video was produced to promote the single, directed by Andrew MacNaughtan. Carter released a remix of the song in 2018, self-produced on his LøVë album.[27]

Track listings

Single

  1. "I Want Candy" (album version) – 3:13
  2. "I Want Candy" (instrumental) – 3:13

Maxi CD

  1. "I Want Candy" (album version) – 3:13
  2. "I Want Candy" (instrumental) – 3:13
  3. "Jump Jump" – 2:39

Charts

Chart (2000) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[28] 27
Australian Dance (ARIA)[29] 15
France (SNEP)[30] 46
Germany (Official German Charts)[31] 68
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[32] 27
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[33] 21
Scotland (OCC)[34] 35
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[35] 10
UK Singles (OCC)[36] 31
UK Indie (OCC)[37] 9

Year-end charts

Chart (2000) Position
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[38] 92

Melanie C version

"I Want Candy"
Melanie C - I Want Candy.jpg
Single by Melanie C
from the album This Time
B-side"Already Gone"
Released2007
Length3:23
LabelRed Girl
Songwriter(s)
  • Bert Berns
  • Bob Feldman
  • Jerry Goldstein
  • Richard Gottehrer
Producer(s)Stephen Hague
Melanie C singles chronology
"The Moment You Believe"
(2007)
"I Want Candy"
(2007)
"Carolyna"
(2007)
Music video
"I Want Candy" on YouTube

"I Want Candy" was the second single to be taken from Melanie C's fourth album This Time, in the UK, Denmark and Italy. The song was also the soundtrack to the movie of the same name, and the video featured Melanie dancing for the first time since the Spice Girls. Melanie split her time between the UK and Europe, where she was promoting "The Moment You Believe", and as a result, the single was not heavily promoted and reached No. 24 — although on the physical chart, the single reached No. 7. "I Want Candy" went on to sell 12,510 copies in the UK, but had better success in Italy (No. 9) and Denmark (No. 12).

Melanie premiered her version of the song during Al Murray's Happy Hour on ITV1 on 24 February 2007. The video was premiered on 2 March 2007 in the UK. The song was released as Italy's and Denmark's first single from the new album, where it reached No. 9 in both countries, while in other European countries, the ballad "The Moment You Believe" was chosen.

Music video

In the video for "I Want Candy", Melanie C is featured in a skin-tight catsuit, featuring a sexually suggestive dance routine with half-naked bodybuilders in crowd-controller uniforms. The video instantly grabbed the No. 1 spot on YouTube with 200,000 hits in its first day.[39]

Formats and track listings

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "I Want Candy" by Melanie C.

  • UK 7" vinyl single
  1. "I Want Candy"
  2. "Already Gone"
  • UK Maxi CD single
  1. "I Want Candy" (Single Version) – 3:23
  2. "I Want Candy" (Club Junkies Mix) – 6:37
  3. "I Want Candy" (So-Lo's Electric Vocal Mix) – 5:16
  4. "I Want Candy" (So-Lo's Filtered Disco Dub) – 7:33
  5. "I Want Candy" (Music Video) – 3:22
  • Italian Maxi CD single
  1. "I Want Candy" (Single Version) – 3:23
  2. "I Want Candy" (Club Junkies Mix) – 6:37
  3. "I Want Candy" (So-Lo's Electric Vocal Mix) – 5:16
  4. "I Want Candy" (So-Lo's Filtered Disco Dub) – 7:33
  5. "Already Gone" – 4:12
  6. "I Want Candy" (Music Video) – 3:22

Charts

Chart (2007) Peak
position
Denmark (Tracklisten)[40] 9
Italy (FIMI)[41] 9
Scotland (OCC)[42] 9
UK Singles (OCC)[43] 24

Other cover versions

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