Its hard to believe this was released in ’76 when you had so much disco and funk being pumped out. However, this is classic Detroit Spinners territory. Catchy riffy, hooks and fantastic vocal lick that will just have you singing along in seconds. It specifically reminds me of leafing through my old man’s collection of 7″ records and digging this up because I liked the name. Oh what an introduction to the Spinners it was.
“The Rubberband Man” is a song recorded by the American vocal group The Spinners (known as “Detroit Spinners” in the UK).
The song, written by producer Thom Bell and Linda Creed, was about Bell’s son, who was being teased by his classmates for being overweight. Intended to make his son feel better about his self-image, the song eventually evolved from being about “The Fat Man” to “The Rubberband Man”. The last major hit by the Spinners to feature Philippé Wynne on lead vocals, “The Rubberband Man” spent three weeks at number two on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, and topped the U.S. R&B chart at the end of 1976. It was also a top-twenty hit in the UK Singles Chart.