Exploring the 'sugar rush' phenomenon in music

Dec 8, 2011

There is a lot of disagreement about whether a “sugar rush” exists, but these studies have  obviously been conducted by scientists who don't have young children.

Nevertheless, there is agreement that anything this good must be bad for you. And it’s clear that sugar consumption is a factor in obesity, diabetes and dentists’s BMWs ...

One of our favorite sweet songs has to be Julie Andrews cleverly manipulating her young charges from Mary Poppins:

Nancy Sinatra changed into some white thigh-high boots for this mildly hallucinogenic late 60’s hit. (Is this a drug reference?)

There is at least as much sugar in a serving of Kellogg's Honey Smacks (50% by weight) as there is in a glazed doughnut from Dunkin' Donuts. Yum.

Some public radio listeners may find this next video objectionable. It is, after all, Def Leppard.

Every week on “Record bin Roulette,” KPLU’s John Kessler and John Maynard put an insightful and fun spin on a century's worth of discarded vinyl. The feature is published here and airs on KPLU 88.5 every Thursday during Morning Edition, All Things Considered and on Weekend Saturday Edition.