Forgotten Pop

Forgotten Pop! – This Week – Ebeneezer Goode

There are so many songs that are out there everywhere then all of a sudden they disappear and you only hear from them very rarely that they can create a sense of nostalgic for you, the listener. So roll up and welcome to Forgotten Songs where we celebrate these forgotten wonders.

Ebeneezer Goode – The Shamen

Today we are heading to the early nineties to look at a song that was a hit and was also classed as one of the most controversial UK Number one hits due to the fact it endorsed recreational drugs. 

Ebeneezer Goode was an electronic rave based track that was released by the Scottish group The Shamen on the 24th August 1992. It was written by Colin Angus and Richard West and was 3:53 in length. 

The song caused commotion because of the lyric ‘Eezer Goode’ which when sung sound identical to ‘Es are good’ the slang word for Ecstasy. The track was initially banned from being played at the BBC because of this. When they did perform on Top Of The Pops they changed the lyrics to tone it down. 

The track went to number 1 in the United Kingdom in both the singles and dance chart, Israel and Ireland. The song went into the top 10 in Norway (2), Denmark (9), Finland (8) and the Europe charts (7). It became certified silver in the United Kingdom and sold over 200,000 units. 

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