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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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Jon
Jon
11 years ago

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.

melissa
melissa
11 years ago

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

BQueen
BQueen
11 years ago

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?

DavidFullam
11 years ago

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

JennyM
JennyM
11 years ago

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.

bigDinNC
bigDinNC
11 years ago

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