Another key moment for Rodgers was an argument he had with his jazz guitar teacher about the compositional merit of the Archies’ late-60s hit Sugar Sugar, which Rodgers ridiculed and resented having to play in a boogaloo covers band.
“Any song that sells and gets to the top 40 or top 10, any song is a great composition,” Rodgers recalled.
Sure, it’s manufactured schlock. And this is truly dreadful lip syncing.
It’s also artfully constructed and a rather good pop song.
Proper bubblegum music.