Back in the day, when an artist had a hit record, conventional wisdom was that his or her label tried to follow it up with another record that was very similar in sound and concept.
So something like this…
…was followed by something like this.
Perhaps we can agree that, as delightful as “My Boy Lollipop” is, “Sugar Dandy” is a bit too close for comfort.
Can you think of a follow-up that was this close to its original? Can you think of a case where the follow-up was better than the original?
[Thanks to Simon Reynolds’ blissblog for pointing me to these video clips.]