let’s all hully gully with pussycat a go-go!

SCOPITONE IS A TYPE OF JUKEBOX fea­turing a mu­sical and vi­sual per­for­mance on 16-millimeter film. The first Sco­pi­tone films were made in France by Cameca, among them was Serge Gains­bourg’s Le Poinçon­neur Des Lilas filmed in 1958. Sco­pi­tones spread to West Ger­many, and went on to ap­pear in bars in Eng­land, where the Tor­nados’ Tel­star was a fa­vorite, vying with such local huts as Pussycat A Go-Go! for cus­tomer’s change

By 1966, re­port­edly 800 ma­chines were in­stalled in bars and night­clubs in the United States. But the biggest mu­sical stars of the 1960s were never re­leased on Sco­pi­tone, al­though sev­eral well-known pop acts did ap­pear. Such as the Ex­citers’ Tell Him and Neil Sedaka’s Cal­endar Girl. In one recording from 1966, Nancy Sinatra and a troupe of go-go girls shimmy to These Boots Are Made For Walkin’.

I have little real in­terest in Sco­pi­tone ex­cept for the few rock-related video that they pro­duced. I came upon them while re­searching some­thing else and found that I vaguely re­member them from my teen years in the ‘60s. I jut thought that I would share a couple that I found in­ter­esting:


The first is Le Hully Gully by French singer and ac­tress Line Re­naud (pro­nounced leen roh-noh). And no, it is not the same song as (Baby) Hully Gully made fa­mous by the Olympics (1959) and the Beach Boys (1965).

I couldn’t re­sist its sheer silli­ness! Now you know and I know that Ms. Re­naud knows her boys ain’t into girls, but she sure doesn’t act like she knows. Ap­par­ently, this was a hit for her in 1959 but this video ap­pears to have been made in the mid-’60s.

The next one is cred­ited to Stacy Adams & The Rock­a­billy Boys and is ti­tled Pussycat A Go Go. I am as­suming that Ms. Adams is the dancer in the or­ange two-piece suit with the black bouf­fant. I have no idea who the Rock­a­billys are.

 


Sco­pi­tone’s Pussycat A Go Go

This number, a soul­less re­hash, er, medley of early ’60s dance hits, looks like a run-through by stand-ins for a number that was left out of one of Elvis’ movies. I could see the Colonel trying to in­sert this into Spinout in 1966. I’m guessing this was also made in the mid ’60s.

By the end of the 1960s, the pop­u­larity of the Sco­pi­tone had faded, and the last film was made at the end of 1978. Many Sco­pi­tone films have been re­leased on DVD or made avail­able on the in­ternet.

Alas, there are no 45s or LPs to ac­com­pany these mar­vels of the past. Oth­er­wise, I could have dragged this on for sev­eral more para­graphs. So let’s just forget that and in­stead let’s all hully gully with pussycat a go-go!


Pussycat a go-go: photo of the top half of a Scopitone video machine.

FEATURED IMAGE: The photo at the top of this page is of a sec­tion of a Sco­pi­tone ma­chine, showing its jukebox-like se­lec­tion panel. The photo here is the top half of the ma­chine, showing the video screen at the top.



 

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