Build Me Up Buttercup

Album: Build Me Up Buttercup (1968)
Charted: 2 3


  • This was written by Mike D'Abo and Tony Macaulay. D'Abo was lead singer of Manfred Mann, and Macaulay was a successful songwriter who also wrote The Foundations hit "Baby Now That I've Found You" as well as songs by The Hollies, Andy Williams and The New Seekers.
  • David Essex, who was unknown at the time but went on to success with "Rock On," was offered this song, but he turned it down as he didn't like the title.
  • This was featured in the 1998 film There's Something About Mary. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England for all above
  • This was featured in the 2001 pilot episode of the spy drama Alias, "Truth Be Told," when Sydney Bristow's (Jennifer Garner) ill-fated boyfriend sings it on the campus lawn before he proposes to her.

Comments: 23

  • Agressoca from CanadaAn australian group called the Valentines with some guy named Bon Scott covered it as well.
  • Babbling Babette from Tulsa OkThanks to Barry (Sauquoit,NY) for the info. Love it. Today (01-16-15) I heard this song on the radio again. And I swear that I too notice a wavering in the lead singer's voice on this song. I agree with Bubblesk (Memphis TN) on that. What caused it??? I'm not going batty am I?? No. Love this song. It is in my Dad' s record collection of 50s and 60s singles & that's where I heard it from when I grew up in the late 90s. I got the song on a later 60s hits compilation CD & the vocalist's wavering voice is still on there! Guess I'm not crazy after all. But then....... I also love their other big one, "Baby Now That I Found You". I wonder if any of The Foundations are still alive? The Sixties were way way way back there!
  • Howard from St. Louis Park, MnBuild Me Up, Buttercup is also played at Angels Stadium during the seventh inning stretch. The fans sing along on the part that goes "Hey hey hey!"
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn February 16th 1969, "Build Me Up Buttercup" by the Foundations peaked at #3 (for 3 weeks) on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; it had entered the chart on December 29th, 1968 at position #84 and spent 15 weeks on the Top 100 (and for 8 of those 15 weeks it was on the Top 10)...
    And on February 24th, 1969 it reached #1 (for 1 week) on the Canadian RPM Top Singles chart...
    After spending three weeks at #3 on the Top 100, it then fell to #4 and remained there for two weeks...
    Their next biggest hit, "Baby, Now That I've Found You", just missed making the Top 10, it peaked at #11, and stayed there for three weeks before falling to #12.
  • Cyberpope from Richmond, CanadaTo the singer: seriously, dude, dump the b--ch!
  • Jan from Villas, NjIt was recently made into a musical by Tony Macauly. Great show, saw the premier in Cocoa Florida. Look for it.
  • Bubblesk from Memphis, TnWhat a fab song from 1968! Loved it when I saw the movie "There's Something About Mary" too cause it brought back a lot of memories. Someone said the lead singer on the record sounds like his voice is shakey. So I listened to it on a CD compilation of Golden Oldies & it actually does sound strange. A kind of wavering in his voice. Or could it be just poor recording production? Guess we'll never know for sure. Does anyone out there know??? Anyway, I remember seeing photos & an article about The Foundations in Song Hits magazine back in 1968 and wondered if they were from England since their teeth looked so poorly. But I still love the song!
  • Elmer from Westville, OkOWWW! Love the Foundations & love this song from 1968! Is it just me or does the lead singer sound like he has a shakey voice or slight tremble to his vocalizations? Or could it be the production quality? Anyway, it's a terrific song & brings back a lot of good memories. It's just that question I still have all these years about the lead singer & that trembling vocalization.
  • Jim from Morgantown, WvGo to YouTube and do a search for Julia Nunes. She does a version of this on ukulele that I just absolutely love.
  • Rhett from North Bend, Walove this has also become attached with bpd (borderline personality disorder) vampires...
  • Rod from Gainesville, FlInteresting that the other memorable song, Baby Now that I've Found You was written by Mccauley who wrote this. They are both very catchy and have more meaning than the typical pop tune. In each the singer wants and needs the person sung about more than she needs him. Very cute the way they did a video of the whole cast, singing in various vignettes, this song at the end of There's Something About Mary. I especially like the cops! And the teenaged, blue-tuxedoed Ben Stiller!
  • Katy from Lyndon, VtThis song was also in Shallow Hal.
  • Wayne from Salem, VaI am 48 years old. My older sister bought this 45 single when it was first released in 1968-69'. It was on UNI records. I like it alot,a real bouncy tune. Every time I hear it. It takes me back to the first time I heard it. It is one of those timeless songs. They play it alot on your oldies stations. Is a bit sad that you only here this and "Baby Now That I've Found You" on the radio. They were a multi-racial UK group (The Foundations). The above column about David Essex (Rock On). Says he did "Easier Said Than Done" is wrong. That was done by a group called The Essex. Who were american. That is from the early 60's.
  • Mavis from Suva, FijiI love this song, every time i hear it it gives me this picture of that T.V series little house on the pr airy.
  • Mark from Augusta, GaTry this - listen to Build Me Up Buttercup, then listen to Lit's Addicted. It's the same song written in a completely different tone.
  • Charles from Portland, InI got a bet going, did William Shatner ever sing this song?
  • Alex from Austin, TxThis song was covered by The Goops. The Cover was used in the movie Mallrats. A music video for the cover was made which featured Jay and Silent Bob.
  • Cyberpope from Richmond, CanadaThere was a scene in a Red Dwarf episode, that this song was played for a musical montage type flashback -- it's been stuck in my head ever since!
  • Meredith from Wauwatosa, WiI agree with Pete from Australia. I also love seeing the cast of There's Something About Mary singin this song! I especially love seeing BRETT FAVRE OF THE GREEN BAY PACKERS sing along!!!!! Who knew he was a movie star too? (Ha ha!)
  • Sarah from Kennewick, WaI love this song, I love 1968 tunes!!
  • Eric from Milwaukee, WiDuring the 4th quarter of Badger games at the University of Wisconsin's Camp Randall Stadium, they play this song. The student sections sing along, and the sound system always cuts the song off a few lines before the end, at which point the students all finish off the lyrics a cappella, usually in perfect unison. It's a trip to hear!
  • Pete from Nowra, Australiai love it too, loved it when the cast of Something about Mary , sang it at the end
  • Caitlin from Upper Township, NjI just love this song. It's so cute!
see more comments

Editor's Picks

Butch Vig

Butch VigSongwriter Interviews

The Garbage drummer/songwriter produced the Nirvana album Nevermind, and Smashing Pumpkins' Gish and Siamese Dream.

Mike Scott of The Waterboys - "Fisherman's Blues"

Mike Scott of The Waterboys - "Fisherman's Blues"They're Playing My Song

Armed with a childhood spent devouring books, Mike Scott's heart was stolen by the punk rock scene of 1977. Not surprisingly, he would go on to become the most literate of rockers.

Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers

Bill Medley of The Righteous BrothersSongwriter Interviews

Medley looks back on "Unchained Melody" and "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" - his huge hits from the '60s that were later revived in movies.

Chris Fehn of Slipknot

Chris Fehn of SlipknotSongwriter Interviews

A drummer for one of the most successful metal bands of the last decade, Chris talks about what it's like writing and performing with Slipknot. Metal-neck is a factor.


PrinceFact or Fiction

Prince is shrouded in mystery, making him an excellent candidate for Fact or Fiction. Is he really a Scientologist? Does he own an exotic animal?

Lip-Synch Rebels

Lip-Synch RebelsSong Writing

What happens when Kurt Cobain, Iron Maiden and Johnny Lydon are told to lip-synch? Some hilarious "performances."