Manic Monday: Kicks!

Sandi over at Flip Flops Every Day has invited me to join in her practically new blog hop, Manic Monday.

Each Monday, I’ll present a new song title, and you come up with a post using it. Due to time differences, I’ll often release on Sunday. Ping back to this post, so others can read! (if not wordpress user, provide link to your post in comments) It can be fiction/non-fiction, poetry, subject can be dark, serious or humorous – however many characters you want- just have fun with it! It doesn’t have to pertain to the song, whatsoever. (click here for past song titles)

The rules are…there are no Rules! (except using the title of the song part)

The first couple of songs were The Bangles’ “Manic Monday” and John Lennon’s “Imagine,” and this week it’s Paul Revere & The Raiders’ “Kicks,” from 1966. This is one of the first songs I learned on the guitar, a couple of years after it was released, when a friend of mine who was also taking guitar lessons asked our teacher if he could learn it. Here’s the song itself, because that’s just the kind of guy I am.

Sandi has the version that includes the go-go dancers; I thought this one was a little more bizarre, with the young ladies on horses and all that.

For all you music theory fans out there, the guitar part at the beginning, that gets repeated all through the song, is a riff based on the A minor pentatonic scale. The notes of the minor pentatonic scale are A-C-D-E-G, and the riff is A-C-A-D-C-A-C-A-G-E-G. If you move the A from the beginning of the scale to the end, i.e. C-D-E-G-A, you have the C major pentatonic scale. The beginning of The Temptations’ “My Girl” features the C pentatonic scale…

Thus ends your music theory lesson for today.

There’s a radio station in Atlanta, WKHX-FM, that bills itself as “Kicks 101.5.” They play country, as you might imagine.

Spell “Kicks” differently and you get Kix, a breakfast cereal. Here’s Dr. Frances Horwich on Ding Dong School from the early Fifties advertising Kix.

General Mills, who created Kix, decided to add raspberry, lemon, and orange flavors to Kix and the result was Trix. The spokescartoon for them was the Trix rabbit, who did all that he could to try and eat a bowl of Trix, only to be informed rather rudely that “Silly rabbit, Trix are for kids!”

And Big G wasn’t done yet: it added chocolate flavor to Kix and created Cocoa Puffs. This time the spokescartoon was Sonny, a cuckoo bird who would goo “Koo-koo for Cocoa Puffs!”

Sonny was obviously a good spokescartoon for Manic Monday.

None of this actually changed the fact that these cereals were basically Kix, and Kix was pretty awful, though you may like it.

In my IT days, “kicks” was the way we pronounced CICS, IBM’s Customer Information Control System. CICS was how you did online in the days before the Internet. It’s still around and people still use it, though I think most new development is geared toward getting the same results from a system that runs in a web browser and uses something like PHP, Ruby, or Java to update relational databases. You really don’t want me to get into it.

So, that’s my first contribution to Manic Monday. Hope y’all enjoyed it…

16 thoughts on “Manic Monday: Kicks!

  1. John,

    This hop looks like a lot of fun. However, I’m certain I won’t have a chance to get in on the action until after Labor Day. I will add Sandi’s Manic Monday button to my “Daily Blog Hop” page for others to discover. I enjoyed your take on the song title, “Kicks” by using a popular kids’ cereal Kix which wasn’t one of my favorites. Of course, now that I’ve seen this post the power of persuasion is calling me to buy some the next time I’m at the store. Will I resist? We’ll see! Thanks for making me coo-coo!


  2. Great selection of music and I always liked Paul Revere and the Raiders. I’m boring when it comes to cereal – Cheerios only.


  3. I didn’t get it when you didn’t get into it, phew! Kix was a staple in my house growing up. I preferred them as dry snack food 🙂


      1. The last bit. You said not to let you get started or whatever, and I was grateful, as I didn’t understand the overview.


  4. Slightly off topic but… Manic Monday is a classic Mondegreen song for me. For years I sang “just another man in Monday” grin. Didn’t understand what they were talking about! Big “ahah” moment when I was told the actual lyrics =)


    1. Never heard that term “Mondegreen” before. It’s a good one. Kind of like “I can see clearly now, the rain is gone, I can see all Popsicles in my way.”


      1. Lol, I like that one. I enjoy mondegreens because they usually make me laugh (and knowing there are other people out there messing up lyrics like I do is reassuring grin)

        Your post inspired me to write one of my own on mondegreens (for next week) – thank you =)


  5. I’ve had them all, and out of Kix Trix, Cocoa Puffs and CICS, I’ll go with Cocoa Puffs. I ate a lot of them in college, often soaked in chocolate milk. They didn’t have as good a cocoa ratio as Cocoa Krispies, but they didn’t as soggy as fast.


  6. I’m old enough to have watched “Ding Dong School,” and I thought Miss Frances was the biggest ding dong in the school. And yes, Kix and Trix (silly rabbit), although I never ate them, nor was I ever koo-koo for Cocoa Puffs.


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