From child abuse and the blues, we spin 180 degrees on Kids Week and discover the unintentional comedy of the down right perky Happy Song by Baby's Gang and Boney M.
Boney M was a vocal group created by producer Frank Farian and scored many hits in Europe in the '70s and '80s with dance/disco sound that even reached America when Rivers of Babylon became a Top 40 hit in 1978. In 1983, Fabian created Baby's Gang, which was a collection of kid singers from Rhein Main U.S. Air Force Base in Frankfurt, Germany and teamed them up with the Boney M for the single Happy Song that was smash in the motherland.
The video for Happy Song is everything you would want from a ridiculous '80s video and a simple song about dancing and eating ice cream. Things perk up in a kid's classroom when Boney M singer/dancers Bobby Farrell (big 'fro and dressed for the Octogan) and Reggie Tsiboe (think Don Cheadle in Boogie Nights) appear to rescue the kids from class boredom. Extra credit video points are awarded for school kids without rhythm, Farrell's passionate rap at the 2:15 mark and a crossing of Abbey Road. The cherry on the top is the fashions of the Baby's Gang kids at the ice cream parlor with a young man sporting an oversized red leather jacket and our lip-synching rapping young lady kicking it with a sweater, pop up collar and matching red headband.
If Baby's Gang and Boney M seem a little contrived, don't worry as Farian was only getting warmed up. He would save for his '80s crowning achievement for later in the decade as the mastermind behind Milli Vanilli who went from Best New Artist Grammy to lip-synching frauds within a matter of years.