Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Shondell Darwinism

OPC is traveling this week, so posting is likely to be sporadic. In the meantime, enjoy these videos form the great Sixties band Tommy James and the Shondells. In the first, the boys do their first big hit, "Hanky Panky," in what appears to be a homemade video. It seems to be influenced by nothing so much as silent film. The Shondells were evidently instructed not to move off their spots lest they slip the camera frame, and Tommy James dances like he's a freshman at a frat party at 1:30 a.m., wondering how much longer it's going to go on.

Now flash-foward a couple of years, and the Shondells have been fully psychedelicized in this clip for "Mony Mony." Tommy has let his sideburns grow - although you can barely see them under his helmet of hair - and the band is ensconced on a Kramer-like series of levels. Groove on:

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