The Honeycombs

By EW Staff
Updated October 24, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT
Credit: The Honeycombs: Keystone/Getty Images

Chart Flashback: How does ”Have I the Right?” hold up today?

This is one peppy little number — so peppy, in fact, that I am willing to overlook its slightly nonsensical lyrics and just clap along. Won’t you join me? I mean, gosh, how can you not like this band? First of all, chick drummer! (Whose name is Honey!) (And whose drumming inspired Karen Carpenter!) (Could there be a less flattering photo of her than this one?) Secondly: This song bumped ”A Hard Day’s Night” out of the No. 1 spot on the British charts back in August of 1964, and that makes them a scrappy little underdog who made it big (just like me)! Love the beat, love the chirpy vocals, love the aa-ooos in the background… but now, seriously, let’s take a look at these lyrics:

”Have I the right to hold you?” (Well, that’s sweet; he’s asking permission. No date rape here!)
”You know I’ve always told you / That we must never, ever part.” (Goodness, that certainly got creepy.)
”Have I the right to kiss you?” (Very gentlemanly once again…)
”You know I’ll always miss you” (Wait. Where has she gone? I thought they weren’t allowed to part?)
”I’ve loved you from the very start” (Aw.)
”Grrr” — (Um.)
”Come right back / I just can’t bear it / I’ve got some love and I want to share it / Come right back / I’ll show my love is strong, oh yeah…” (So clearly, she has gone away, this woman he loves… and if I were her, I’d stay gone. That ”we must never, ever part” bit has really taken a nasty turn for the stalkeriffic, hasn’t it? Still: toe-tapping!) B+