Chubby Checker - The Fly

Chubby Checker

The Fly


Release Date: April 26th, 1961

Words by: Whaley Big Jesus
March 11th, 1962

As the oldest saying in the world goes: Lightning doesn't strike in the same place twice.

Despite it's best efforts, 'The Fly' is definitely not 'The Twist'. Instead, it simply comes off sounding like a half baked attempt by Checker – or perhaps more likely his management – to mimic the success of his biggest hit.

This time they're asking the kids to shake their hands instead of their hips. Genius.

I'm a big Chubby fan, he's an amazing vocalist and his energy is always through the roof. However, not even that can save him on this one. It just wreaks of a clumsy marketing team trying to cash in on the easy teenage market.

Chubby puts as much as he can into the skin-deep lyrics, and his backing band put on a fine show instrumentally. But there's just no escaping the clunky dependence on novelty value with 'The Fly', and surely worthwhile music needs to be about something more than just that.

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