Riverdale has finally premiered, and the show has hit the ground running. While the familiar characters from the Archie comic books are still familiar, the story is a new and exciting one. Sure, Archie is still a red-haired football player, Betty and Veronica are still best-friends and cheerleaders who both like Archie, and Jughead is still eating cheeseburgers. But the Riverdale seen on TV is not the wholesome town of the comics. It has a dark and seedy underbelly. One that even the children cannot seem to escape from.
Among the main characters, the one shown the least in the first episode was Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray), lead singer of The Pussycats. She and her bandmates Melody (Asha Bromfield) and Valerie (Hayley Law) were only in two scenes. One where Archie (K.J. Apa) interrupted their rehearsal to ask for help, and later when they played for the school’s semi-formal dance.
For those who loved Josie and the Pussycats’ sound, you will not have to wait long before hearing them again. As seen above, The CW has released a clip of the three of them singing a remix of Sugar, Sugar. The song choice is an Easter egg, the song was originally sung by The Archies, a fictional band on The Archie Show — a Saturday morning cartoon from the late 60s based on the comics. Even though Josie and the Pussycats are from the comics, they did not originally sing Sugar, Sugar, The Archies were made up of Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead, and Reggie Mantle. In reality, the song was written by Jeff Barry and Andy Kim, and the lead vocals sung by Ron Dante.
In spite of the Easter egg, it’s still a bit of an odd choice for Josie to sing. Both her scenes emphasized how important it was for the Pussycats to sing original music. When Archie first asked her for help with his songwriting, she assumed he wanted to write for The Pussycats and ride their coattails, and immediately shut him down. Later, when Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine Petsch) introduced the band at the school dance, she referenced how they nearly always sing original music. Sugar, Sugar is a very popular and known song, its had numerous remixes in the past and used to play during cereal commercials. Perhaps there will be more original music coming from the Pussycats soon.
During the song, which is played during what appears to be halftime at a school football game, the cheerleading squad dances. Betty (Lili Reinhart) looks happier than she did at any point in the pilot, as one of the Vixens. And Veronica (Camila Mendes) appears to be the squad’s newest star, getting a featured solo all to herself. It would seem strange that Cheryl would give up the spotlight to Veronica, but the reason soon becomes clear as she leaves the other Vixens behind and joins Josie onstage to finish the song. Whether they have a true friendship or not remains to be seen, Cheryl did not seem the type to have many real friends and Josie’s focus is on her music. But perhaps they both get something from the other.
Riverdale episode 2, ‘Chapter Two: A Touch of Evil’, airs February 2 on The CW at 9pm