I have nothing to say at the moment about bubblegum EduPunk, but if in the future I do, you can be assured of my authority, since I am almost certainly the only major educational technology blogger namechecked in Bubblegum Music Is the Naked Truth: The Dark History of Prepubescent Pop, from the Banana Splits to Britney Spears:
Vehicle Flips: "Diplomacy, Home and Abroad" (from the Harriet compilation The Long Secret 1995)
In its one minute and fifty seconds, "Diplomacy, Home and Abroad" makes and airtight case for this Pittsburgh quartet as the intellectual's Ohio Express. The exuberant lo-fi anthem is as addictive as anything on the Buddah roster, and Frank Boscoe is a vocal dead ringer for Joey Levine. (Although, to be sure, Levine never sang lines like "Maybe Madeline Albright could provide some insight / into your keen and nimble mind!") Still not convinced? Never fear, as Boscoe and company have the foresight to wed such potentially highfalutin' lyrics to a gloriously lowbrow two-chord guitar hook, which lurches relentlessly in perfect counterpoint to Tom Hoffman's caffeinated military backbeat. As Boscoe hollers "Woo-ooo!" and the buzz pedals kick in, the sugar rush is too blissful to ignore. If Cole Porter had written a song for the Kasenetz-Katz Empire, this is what it would have sounded like.