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Little Green Bag


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Names are the theme that haunt this song. It was supposed to be called "Little Greenback," like in money, but the seven-inch single debut was misprinted by publisher label Negram. Wouldn't you know it, it became their top hit, and so became known by the wrong name. Worse yet, they had to change the name of the album to reflect that. If you listen to the words, "greenback" is actually the word sung.
George Baker, meanwhile, was actually born Johannes Bouwens. He's from the Netherlands, you see, and so "Little Green Bag" first made the top-40 on the Dutch charts, then Belgium, and finally internationally.
Have you ever heard such a unique construction? It starts out with jazzy bass and tambourine, with a bouncy bass line and drum. Then the vocals slide in with an almost whisper, and then suddenly the song opens up and it's a Spanish romance ballad.
Yes, Quentin Tarantino fans, this song was of course your very first introduction to the QT universe. It's the opening credits to Tarantino's debut Reservoir Dogs, with the suits and shades ambling down the street. This pushed it back to international success yet again in 1992, causing it to pop up in weird places like Japanese whiskey commercials.
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Comments (5):

Oooo! I just heard this song on a Motorola phone commercial. So cool. Didn't know it came out so long ago (1970). I gots ta check out the lyrics now. Too bad the band didn't have any more hits. Never heard of them. What a lost treasure this little song is. Wild & funky!
- Raunchy, Tulsa, OK
Hmmm. Didn't know the song was supposed to be "Little Greenback!" Interesting. Anyway, I first heard it while in the Army doing time in the Vietnam War. The song was aired by AFVN radio over there. It's a funky weird little song, but I still love it. It's being used in a current [Nov. 2013] TV commercial for something I can't remember! Hemorrhoid ointment perhaps?! Haaaaa
- Elmer H, westville, OK
No wonder, Tom.. Weed is always green :D
- Budoshi, Sandnessj
Everyone in America thought the song was about marijuana.
- Tom , West Newton, MA
This song was recently used at the beginning and end of the ITV comedy play "The Security Men" starring Bobby Ball and Brendan O' Carrol.
- David, Nottingham, United Kingdom
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