The Bees – Sunshine Hit Me (2002)
Before I get to The Bees, a quick question: best supporting TV character of all time?
I’ll resist making a bee pun (self-restraint is tough when words like bee, hive, buzz, honey, sting & to a considerably lesser extent, apiary, lend themselves so nicely to wordplay) but G.O.B. has got to be in the running:
Alas, I don’t think G.O.B.’s less-than-brilliantly-executed bee business ever brought in much honey. Sadder still, the brilliant show (Arrested Development) from whence it came was never the hit it likely deserved to be either.
I guess it’s hard to predict what’s going to take off in the entertainment business.
Considering the year delay between 2002 UK & 2003 US release dates for Sunshine Hit Me, I don’t think UK executives anticipated that this album would create the buzz that it eventually did (and there goes my self-restraint).
It’s a curious album, not undeserving of being a hit, but one whose commercial success was likely surprising. There’s a great recurring gag on Arrested Development where different characters ask “her?” and I picture label execs having the same puzzled response when Sunshine Hit Me sales figures starting climbing, “Bees?”
An American band named Bees (“Bees?”) must have already been going strong in the early 21st Century as this group performs under the name “A Band of Bees” when in the States.
At the risk of revealing comically-high levels of ignorance, I didn’t know either Bee group prior to this week. I recognized the tune A Minha Menina but chances are my familiarity with it stems from a commercial or movie soundtrack.
The eleven tracks here make for a diverse set, none of which are particularly memorable individually, but they work well as a whole.
I enjoy surprise hit stories & I enjoyed Sunshine Hit Me.
Though I wouldn’t be surprised if this is one of those albums that ends up being enjoyably forgettable.
I can’t say for sure and as entertainment businesspeople will confirm, crystal balls are in short supply. But I’m afraid when I’m asked about this group at some point down the road, I’ll probably end quoting Arrested Development without meaning to do so.