Anna Leah, Love Bug [Single] (1973)
Anna Leah arrived in NZ from the UK – she ended up over in Australia, where her career dwindled, then ended. But in the early 70s she surprised a few Kiwis with a small handful of hit singles. There was that one about the Wahine – bummer. And the two songs on this single. Love Bug – a hit, a surprise. And 1-2-3-4-5, its b-side. The songs ended up almost as children’s music but that wasn’t the initial aim. They ended up in my collection – or should I say this single ended up in my collection – as a result of a thrift-store find; the good old Family Store. In fact I spied this the other day and didn’t want to eftpos the $1 price-tag. So I stashed it. Returning later to find it was still there (of course it was, but you know…a sense of drama…) Discogs tells me it’s worth about $20. I doubt that. But then, hey, I didn’t buy it to sell it. I genuinely like these songs. Especially Love Bug. Cute-cute-sick-sick, sure. But that’s how it goes sometimes with good guilty-pleasure pop. (There is a good article about Anna Leah here at Audioculture).
Sample Track 1: (Side A): Love Bug
Sample Track 2: (Side B): 1-2-3-4-5
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