Little Green Bag ~ The George Baker Selection

George Baker is a Dutch singer and songwriter best known for his global hit Paloma Blanca. He was the lead singer of the pop musical ensemble, George Baker Selection. He is now a solo artist.

In 1967, Bouwens joined the band Soul Invention, which later changed its name to “George Baker Selection.”

In 1978 the George Baker Selection split up because “the pressure had become too much.” The band has sold over 20 million records worldwide. George Baker formed a new George Baker Selection in 1985, which stayed together until 1989. The band has released twelve albums and several compilation albums.

The band experienced a brief return to the international charts in 1992, when the song “Little Green Bag” was used in the title sequence of the film Reservoir Dogs, and a Chilean soap opera.

Little Green Bag

“Little Green Bag” is a 1969 song written by Dutch musicians, Jan Visser and George Baker (credited as Hans Bouwens), and recorded by the George Baker Selection at the band’s own expense. The 7″ single debut of the George Baker Selection was released by the label Negram.

It was supposed to be called “Little Greenback,” like in money, but the seven-inch single debut was misprinted by publisher label Negram. It became their top hit, and so became known by the wrong name. Worse yet, they had to change the name of the album to reflect that. If you listen to the words, “greenback” is actually the word sung.

It has always been associated with marijuana (looking for the little green bag for happiness) and is probably the reason for its use in movies like Reservoir Dogs.

The song reached the number 9 position in the Dutch Top 40, and the number 3 position in Belgium. In the summer of 1970, it reached the number 16 position on the Cash Box magazine chart and 21 in the Billboard Top 100 in the U.S.. In 1992, when the song was used in the film Reservoir Dogs, it became an international cult classic. Also in 1992, the song reached the number 1 position in Japan, after it was used in a Japanese whiskey commercial.

Yeah
Lookin’ back on the track for a little greenback
Got to find just a kind or losin’ my mind
Outside in the night, outside in the day

Lookin’ back on the track gonna do it my way
Outside in the night, outside in the day
Lookin’ back on the track gonna do it my way
Lookin’ back

Lookin’ for some happiness
But there is so a loneliness to find
Turn to the left turn to the right
Lookin’ upstairs lookin’ behind

Lookin’ for some happiness
But there is so a loneliness to find
Turn to the left turn to the right
Lookin’ upstairs lookin’ behind

Lookin’ back on the track for a little greenback
Got to find just a kind or losin’ my mind
Outside in the night, outside in the day
Lookin’ back on the track gonna do it my way

Lookin’ back on the track for a little little greenback
Got to find just a kind or losin’ my mind
Lookin’ for some happiness
But there is so a loneliness to find

Turn to the left turn to the right
Lookin’ upstairs lookin’ behind
Lookin’ for some happiness
But there is so a loneliness to find

Turn to the left turn to the right
Lookin’ upstairs lookin’ behind

  • Audio from the 1970 album, Little Green Bag:
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About DJ Allyn

DJ Allyn is a burned out radio guy who went on to become a burned out sound engineer for a few Seattle area grunge bands in the 1980s and 1990s. Left the madness of worldwide tours with bands, cleaned up my act and went into the relative sanity of sound engineering for television series. Currently working as the Director of Sound for a television series being filmed in North Vancouver, British Columbia. I am always on the lookout for interesting videos, old music, and fun.

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