I’ve decided to refocus on what these Awful/Awesome Battles are supposed to be… battles between things that are awful or awesome or both.
In this case, it’s Little Boppers vs. Pocket Rockers. Which was the better musical toy of the 80’s?
I would declare portable music the winner because it’s functional (and fashionable), but then you have to take into account these were the bands available, things kind of change:
What I find (or declare) interesting is the background music in each of the commercials is twenty years older than the product they’re selling. For the Little Boppers, the song is from 1965:
- The Gentrys – Keep on Dancing
As for the Pocket Rockers, the song is from 1969, and it couldn’t have any more of a different sound:
- Creedence Clearwater Revival – Down on the Corner
Based upon the theme songs alone, I would have chosen CCR and therefore, Pocket Rockers, the winner. But the ad company behind them changed the lyrics, whereas those mad men behind Little Boppers did not fuss with The Gentrys.
So after careful deliberation, I still declare Pocket Rockers the champ. What can I say, I love songs with changed lyrics! Except, of course, in this case: