The Foundations: Build Me Up Buttercup (1968)

The Foundations burst onto the music scene in the late 1960s with a fantastic soul sound that was straight out of Motown.

Except it wasn’t.

Despite sounding like they were products of the Detroit music machine, The Foundations were actually formed in London, and consisted of members from the West Indies, Britain, and even Sri Lanka.

They first found success in 1967 with the song “Baby Now That I’ve Found You,” which went to number one on the UK Singles Chart, as well as reached the top 10 in the US. Interestingly, less than a year after that, lead singer Clem Curtis left the band, suggesting that some of the band’s members weren’t putting in as much effort now that they had a hit.

After auditioning 200 singers, the group settled on vocalist Colin Young, then promptly turned around and, in 1968, released what is arguably their most well-known hit, and the one featured here — “Build Me Up Buttercup.”

After scoring one more hit in 1969 — “In The Bad Bad Old Days (Before You Loved Me)” — the band parted with their management at the beginning of 1970, then broke up completely near the end of the year.

While the band went their own ways and faded into the mists of history, the music remains — and sounds just as good as it always has. – AJW

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