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Groovy Friday Also-rans

I know groovy when I see it.

The clock keeps ticking as we count down to the final Groovy Friday post on December 29th.  This week I’m featuring a slew of clips that didn’t quite make the Groovy Friday cut.  Almost, but not quite.  Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades, as the saying goes.

Or perhaps, “Groovy, but no cigar.”

My criteria for Groovy Friday clips are completely subjective.  The clips should be from the sixties, though not necessarily.  I have an affinity for foreign clips, and dancers in go-go boots are always welcome.  Basically, my thoughts on “groovy” are the same as Justice Potter Stewart’s thoughts on “pornography.”  I know it when I see it.

These are not it.

Here’s a Bollywood clip featuring Groovy Friday alumnus Helen.  It misses on two fronts; not enough dancers and too 1970s.  But it’s worth a look.

This is really close.  I could have used it as a stand-alone post, but the focus is mostly on the band (The Swingin’ Blue Jeans with their hit “You’re No Good”) and not the dancers, and that won’t do.

This is Australian girl group Marcie and the Cookies.  Mildly groovy, but no more.

European “Ye-Ye Girls” have been a staple here.  You’d think any clip with the word “Ye-Ye” in the title would be groovy, but not so.  By the time everyone here gets their butts in gear, it turns into the “Dance of the Zombies.”

Chinese cha-cha.  So close.

People often send me clips they feel might fit the Groovy Friday format.  This is by far the most common suggestion.  You may have seen it yourself as it went semi-viral a few years ago.  But it’s all wrong.  It would never be a Groovy Friday post.

Until now, I guess.

Have a groovy weekend!

André Dupuy

Andre Dupuy is the youngest of five children, a fourth-generation Californian and he knows how to drive a Model-T Ford.

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