“Well, it’s got a good beat and it’s easy to dance to...”
That phrase can only mean one thing -- it’s time put on your dancing shoes because
We're goin' hoppin'
We're goin' hoppin' today
Where things are poppin'
The Philadelphia way
We're gonna drop in
On all the music they play
On the Bandstand (Bandstand)
American Bandstand. The original national dance party. And the closer to the Saturday morning TV viewing experience.
How I lived for that noon hour, when my TV screen would feature
The eternally youthful and charmingly earnest Dick Clark...
Stylish and effortlessly cool dancers, all slightly older than me and therefore totally crush-worthy...
Lip-synching musical guests...
Rate A Record, where a random boy-girl pair would give pithy opinions on hot new music tracks...
And the dancing. Lots and lots of dancing. Plus camera mugging. Followed by more dancing.
It was a sneak-peak into the teenage world for us yearning-to-be-precocious tweens. And I loved it. Used to have to fight for telly control with my brother, as it aired at approximately the same time as Fat Albert. Guess who usually won. The prerogative of older sisters everywhere, dontcha know.
We're goin' swingin'
We're gonna swing in the crowd
And we'll be clingin'
And floatin' high as a cloud
The phones are ringin'
My mom and dad are so proud
I'm on Bandstand (Bandstand)
Here are some clips to send you shaking your own groove thing down memory lane:
The 1987 opening -- I was long past my watching days when this came out, but it’s a fun piece of epherma anyway:
The Spinners, circa sometime in the ‘70s, with “Rubberband Man.”
Dig those bell bottoms, y’all.
Ice cool Debbie Harry and Blondie perform “Heart of Glass.”
“Rate a Record” with a most unlikely song...
Dancing on Bandstand
Just for kicks, check out this list of acts who appeared on the show. It will blow your mind -- a veritable who’s who of music. Totally shows the impact this program had on popular culture... amazing.
By the way, Prince and I totally had the same haircut back in the day. Not sure if that's something to be proud or embarrassed about...
I rather miss this show -- even now. Now where are my dancing shoes...
And I'll jump, and hey,
I may even show 'em my handstand
Because I'm on, because I'm on
The American Bandstand
When we dance real slow
I'll show all the guys in the grandstand
What a swinger I am, I am
On American Bandstand