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Wig-Wam Bam

by

Sweet



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This is a rocked up version of Henry Longfellow's Hiawatha story. Written by Glam Rock architects Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman, the song was described in Bomp magazine as "a monument to ultracommercial rock & roll triviality."
This was the Sweet's sixth consecutive hit in the UK and the first on which the entire band was permitted to perform. Session musicians were used for their previous five.
On various TV shows and promotional appearances, Sweet would perform this song wearing ridiculous Indian costumes.
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Comments (6):

I thought this was a song about the portrayal of Indians in Westerns (movies) until recently when I learned they were singing 'Till she took him to the silver stream' and not 'the silver screen'.
- Stella, London, United Kingdom
This was the first single by the band whereby the Management "allowed" them to actually play their instruments, even though they were all perfectly capable.
- Zabadak, London, England
The first verse is about Hiawatha and Minnehaha (not Mini or Minnie - it means waterfall or Laughing Waters in Dakota), fictional characters from The Song of Hiawatha by Longfellow. The second verse is about Running Bear and Little White Dove from the song "Running Bear" written by the Big Bopper.
- Sarah, St. Paul , MN
Although the first verse relates to Hiawatha, the second is about Running Bear and Mini Haha.
- Mark, London, England
The band would play (or mime) on TV dressed in full Native American gear.
- Mark, London, England
The guitar riff for this song was taken from the Peter Gunn theme.
- Mark, London, England
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