Welcome to The Song-inator! This series will examine every song from hit Disney television show “Phineas and Ferb.” Co-created by Dan Povermine and Jeff “Swampy Marsh” Phineas and Ferb is about two brothers who seek to have the best summer ever. Their days often include building incredible inventions while their sister, Candace, unsuccessfully, rats them out to their parents. The family has a pet platypus who moonlights as a secret agent and often fights against the tri-state area’s local scientist/mastermind Doctor Heinz Doofensmirtz. It is all quite fun.
The song-inator (a broken invention of Doofensmirtz) has chosen “Gitchee Gitchee Goo” by PFT (Phineas and The Ferb-Tones) to take a closer look at.
Before officially singing, Ferb tells Candace that “lyrics are meaningless.” Perhaps this is how Ferb operates as a songwriter. Rather than pour their heart and soul into a song they simply write whatever is the most catching to the listener. PFT does not care about depth or finding a song’s emotional core, they just want humans to dance. Mustard believes that quote is a commentary on mainstream pop music which often has energetic beats but underdeveloped lyrics.
That is why PFT have decided to call this song “Gitchee Gitchee Goo” as the lyrics do not mean anything. Like other mainstream pop music, “Gitchee Gitchee Goo” is a love song. Human’s enjoy love songs as they can sing them to their significant others and bring new life into their world. On the surface “Gitchee Gitchee Goo” is basic but in a purposeful way. As the song goes on Candace states “my heart starts pumping.” Why was Candace’s heart not pumping before? Does Candace potentially have a medical emergency not addressed by the writers? Or is it a matter of the high energy of the song increasing Candace’s heart rate? Mustard wonders.
PFT had one big hit and it was this. Mustard believes it was because society understood that this song had served its purpose: bring fun and joy to the listeners. “Gitchee Gitchee Goo” though did not provide them with anything substantial. It is a shame as PFT could explore their sound more and further develop. Despite it being a one-hit wonder we are still talking about it. It has made an impact. Humans can play it at their school dances and various other public and private functions.
If PFT were on TikTok they would be considered an industry plant. Their lack of authenticity is transparent which is a shame.
“Gitchee Gitchee Goo” is a basic-level pop song that lacks substance but allows humans to dance the night away.