Three Small Words by Josie & The Pussycats. When I was a wee child I worshipped Josie & The Pussycats. I thought they were the pinnacle of cool – Josie was hot, Val was hot and smart, and Melody was … well, blonde. While other pre-teen boys were debating the relative merits of Betty and Veronica, I was jonesing for the Pussycats. Sabrina too, but that is a topic for a different post. So I reserved myself more than a small amount of trepidation when the news came out that they were making a live-action movie a few years ago – a boy does not want his childhood fantasies fucked with.
Luckily, the movie turned out to be pretty good. And the music rocked large – I was seriously worried about them cranking out some Britney-esque vomit, but someone with some actual vision and taste kept the thing on a worthwhile aural path. They only thing that they could have done to make it better was to get in a version of Every Beat Of My Heart … it was the signature tune for the original group, and which – like a lot of Motown-style R&B – would have been awesome in a punk-pop reissue. That’s a small quibble though – for the most part this thing is musically bang on, and Three Small Words certainly stands as a signature piece.
CODA 1: Sadly, you can’t easily buy this in any sort of downloadable format, because Sony Music is apparently run by assholes. If you decide to strike out on your own and download it for free, make sure you find the version that is 2:53 long – that is the real album version, and not the “promo” mix from the video above. You get to avoid the movie dialogue dub-ins and the Casey Kasem wannabe at the end there.
CODA 2: Sometimes you see this with “Letters To Cleo” as the artist. This is not entirely (or even mostly) accurate – while Kay Hanley did do the vocals here, the rest of the band is not involved in this project, something that should be immediately apparent by the obvious stylistic differences. Some people are musical feebs, however, and can’t seem figure this out.