Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep – Eric McCredie

Final Taxi LogoEveryone gets a song stuck in their head every once and a while. For some reason I tend to get Prince’s You Got The Look playing in mine and the most inopportune time.

The Society for Consumer Psychology says that 98% of people have had songs stuck in their head. It reports that songs with lyrics are reported as most frequently stuck (74%), followed by commercial jingles (15%) and instrumental tunes without words (11%). Stuck song syndrome annoyed, frustrated, and irritated women significantly more than men.

Currently some of the top songs to get stuck are:
Chili’s “Baby Back Ribs” jingle.
Who Let the Dogs Out
We Will Rock You
Kit-Kat candy-bar jingle (Gimme a Break …)
Mission Impossible theme
Whoomp, There It Is
The Lion Sleeps Tonight
It’s a Small World After All

One song that got stuck in many people’s heads in 70’s was the 1971 chart-topper,
Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep by the band Middle Of The Road. The Scottish folk-pop group took the song that had been recorded twice before without making any headway and made it a hit first in Spain and Belgium and then, with support from a DJ on BBC Radio 1, it soared up the UK charts and went to number one in June 1971.

The person who sang on that song and played bass with Middle Of The Road was Eric McCredie. McCredie has taken his Final Taxi at age 62.

McCredie and his brother, Ian, came from Partick, Glasgow, where Eric started out as a salesman and Ian a trainee surveyor. They played beat music in local dance halls as
part of the Electrons, but by 1967, they had teamed up with the vocalist Sally Carr and drummer Ken Andrew to become Part Four. That band eventually became the group Middle Of The Road.

While touring McCredie and the band ended up in Italy, abandoned by their managers, where in the best showbiz fairy-tale tradition they were spotted by an A&R man from RCA. When they heard the original version of their breakthrough song, Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep, the three guys in the band fell about laughing, but they stormed the charts with it.

After Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep the group’s follow-up, Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dum, went to number two after it was used in a cinema ad for Fiat cars. Other hits included the Spanish song Soley Soley (which went to number five), Sacramento (number 23) and Samson and Delilah (number 26), before disbanding in 1976.

Middle of the Road reformed with the original line-up in 1991, but Eric McCredie dropped out due to ill-health.

So what song is stuck in your head right now?


2 Responses

  1. ah, this explains the silly title of an episode of the Irish sitcom Father Ted: “Chirpy Burpy Cheap Sheep” 😉

  2. Love that show- Excellent episode. Ted and Dougle spoiling the sheep so he can do well in the contest.

    But my favorite line is ” No that cow is small and that one is f-a-r away– Small- Far away”

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