Framing Hanley recorded a rock version of this song in 2008, which changed the band's fortunes. They had released their first album in 2007, and a year later were playing a show in their hometown of Nashville when they decided on a lark to cover "Lollipop" (this was their first show with guitarist Ryan Belcher as an official member).
When we asked Framing Hanley lead signer Kenneth Nixon
what led them to cover the song, he replied, "A bunch of alcohol on a boring day at rehearsal!"
The band's record label saw the performance on YouTube and had them record a studio version of the song and make a proper video. The Skratch 'N Sniff radio show started playing it, the video went viral, and the band had a sudden hit on their hands. They were in the midst of recording their second album at the time, but decided to tour in support of the single while it was hot. This kept them on the road for over a year, delaying the album (A Promise to Burn
) until 2010.
"It was a double-edged sword," Nixon told us. "People know about your band, but they know you for a cover. But I think now as we're a little older we come to realize, 'Hey, that opened the door for a lot of people to find out about Framing Hanley and a good number of those people are sticking around.' So it was a blessing."