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Name That Trauma :: Reader Melissa on Monsterous Musical Numbers

November 1st, 2008 by aunt john · 6 Comments

I don’t think this is technically considered a trauma ’cause I kinda liked it, but here goes…

When I was 10-ish and growing up in lovely upstate NY, I used to wake up before everyone else and sneak downstairs to watch a very, very early morning T.V. show. It was probably around 1982 or 1983, and it featured (I think) a Dracula, a werewolf, and a Frankenstein in strangely comedic situations. Every once in a while there would be a musical montage of these goofy monsters dancing to stuff like The Archies “Sugar Sugar” or The Stones “Jumping Jack Flash.”

I have often wondered if this show actually existed, or if it was just a psychedelic fever dream.

Either way, please help!

UNK SEZ: Melissa you are talking about THE GROOVIE GOOLIES. I loved that show as a kid. In fact I still love it. It premiered in 1970 and it was a spinoff of THE ARCHIES cartoon. Sabrina the Teenage Witch (who I also love) being the connecting factor!!!! Find out more HERE!

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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 JonNo Gravatar // Nov 1, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    I’d forgotten all about this cartoon, but now I remember liking it as a kid, too. Thanks for posting the video! There’s also a really terrific band called The Groovie Ghoulies that I listen to every Halloween. They sound a little bit like the Ramones, but they sing about classic Hollywood monsters.

  • 2 melissaNo Gravatar // Nov 2, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    Wow, no wonder I’m damaged. Thanks Kindertrauma!

  • 3 BQueenNo Gravatar // Nov 5, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    Loved this cartoon.
    Can I add a question since it sort of ties in?  There was a cartoon I loved as a kid that people always say is this one but I don’t think it is.  There were three kids that changed into the three monsters (wolf, vamp, Frank) they weren’t them all the time.  The intro showed a three way split screen with their transformations.  Anyone know what I’m talking about?

  • 4 DavidFullamNo Gravatar // Nov 7, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    OH Hell yes! Groovie Goolies was the greatest!!!

  • 5 JennyMNo Gravatar // Nov 10, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    My 4 year old son loves this cartoon.  He spotted it in the library and I had to track it down so he could have his own set.

  • 6 bigDinNCNo Gravatar // Jan 22, 2009 at 7:32 am

    When I read your post, I was excited… then disappointed! It sounded like a show I watched and wondered about, but it wasn’t a cartoon. Well, I have good news… I FOUND IT!!! The Hilarious House of Frightenstein  with Billy Van & Vincent Price. Check it out. http://www.frightenstein.com/index.html

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