The Rubberband Man

Album: Spinning Gold (1976)
Charted: 16 2
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  • Hand me down my walkin' cane
    Hand me down my hat
    Hurry now and don't be late
    'Cause we ain't got time to chat

    You and me were goin' out
    To catch the latest sound
    Guaranteed to blow your mind
    So high you won't come down

    Hey why'all prepare yourself for the rubberband man
    You've never heard a sound
    Like the rubberband man
    You're bound to lose control

    When the rubberband starts to jam
    Once I went to hear them play
    Publisher: Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
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Comments: 17

  • Brian from La Mesa, CaI never knew how appropriate "The Rubberband Man" was to John Candy's character in Stripes until I paid attention to the words of the song.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn September 11th 1976, the Spinners performed "Rubberband Man" on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
    One week earlier it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #84; and on November 28th, 1976 it peaked at #2 {for 3 weeks} and spent 21 weeks on the Top 100...
    And on October 17th, 1976 it reached #1 {for 1 week} on Billboard's R&B singles chart...
    Between 1961 and 1995 the Detroit quintet had twenty-nine records on the Top 100; six made the Top 10 with two reaching #2, their other #2 record was "Working My Way Back to You/Forgive Me, Girl" for 2 weeks in 1980...
    The three weeks it was at #2 on the Top 100; the #1 record for those 3 weeks was "Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright)" by Rod Stewart...
    Lead singer Philippé Wynne passed away on July 14th, 1984 at the young age 43...
    May he R.I.P.
  • Don from Sevierville, TnThe Swiss duo, Yello (who also sang "Oh Yeah", which appeared in Ferris Bueller's Day Off and The Secret of My Success) recorded a different song also titled "Rubberbandman", released in the summer of 1991. It's not too well known in the USA, but I saw the video on MTV Europe when I was living in Germany.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyStayed at #2 for three weeks. The Spinners charted three times with combination records, they were: 'Working My Way Back to You/Forgive Me, Girl' {Peaked at #2}, 'Cupid/I've Been loving You For A Long Time {Peaked at #4}, and 'Yesterdat Once More/No'ing Reminds the Same {Peaked at #52}
  • Paul from Kennewick, WaYeah,it was "Stripes" which featured RBM-great scene . The girls were pretty cute too!
  • Leah from Brooklyn, NyYou can hear the Spinners and see Eddie Steeples, who came to personify The Rubberband Man in the delightful Office Max commercials, here:
  • Leah from Brooklyn, NyActor Eddie Steeples played The Rubberband Man in the Office Max Commercials. Steeples went on to a long-running gig as character "Crab Man" (Darnell Turner) in the TV comedy series MY NAME IS EARL.
  • Mark from Los Angeles, CaI believe it was Linda Creed who wrote this song.
  • Gatle from Evergreen, IlWhich movie had the tune in it? Was it "Stripes"?
  • Gordon from Ft. Lauderdale, FlThe best tune the Spinners did was "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love"; one of its writers, I believe, is now a high school principal in SW Pennsylvania.
    Who where The Spinners anyway? Was one of the members John Livingston? If so, he was currently going through some ill-health as of 2004-2005.
  • Jon from Oakridge, OrI'm a fan of the office max commercials; I like the Rubberband Man. Funny.
  • Dc from Kansas City, MoGreat song. I'm gonna have to sync it to some film clips someday, and I'd still like a dvd of all those "Rubberband Man" commercials.
  • Robert from Austin, TxI need a copy of his song, anyone know where I can download an MP3 of it without registering.'
    I want to cover this song in my band.
  • Adam from Brooklyn, NyI once heard that "Rubberband Man" was written for/about Bootsy Collins. Bootsy had his Rubber Band, after all...
  • Mike from Cincinnati, is true, my girlfriend in HS was Kent Tukulve's niece. He pitched for the Reds and the Pirates, maybe even the Phillies...anyhoo, he was indeed the ruberband man and whe was indeed the rubberband woman. :(

  • Randy from Brainerd, MnThe Rubberband Man is indeed from OfficeMax. See:
  • Shell from Riverdale, GaIn the mid- and late '70s the Pittsburgh Pirates had a tall skinny righthanded relief pitcher named Kent Tekulve. He was given the nickname "Rubberband Man" because of his unorthodox sidearm delivery (he wasn't far from throwing underhanded) and a few bars of the song were played when he came into a game. I may be off on this but I think the Pirates and their "We Are Family" World Series Championship season in '79 started the "theme song for each player" bit that we are bombarded with at some major league parks.
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