Category Archives: Fashion in song

Fashion in Song – Mr. Zoot Suit (1999)

This 1940s style song was written and performed by the Flying Neutrinos for the 1999 film Blast From the Past: He’s got great big feet, he’s jumping to the beat He’s been dancing in the street He’s dressed so fine, … Continue reading

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Fashion in Song – Harajuku Girls (2004)

Apparently the ‘Harajuku’ trend (the colourful artsy way of dressing that grew out of the Japanese take on Goth in the 1990s and was named after a fashionable part of Tokyo) is beginning to fade in Japan. When the trend was … Continue reading

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Fashion in Song – Black Slacks (1957) Penny Loafers and Bobby Socks (1957)

Black Slacks by Joe Bennett and The Sparkletones. The group formed in 1956 and this was their biggest hit before they disbanded in 1961. When I go places I just don’t care You’d know why if you’d see what I … Continue reading

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Fashion in Song – Baubles, Bangles, Beads (1953)

From the 1953 musical Kismet, this video with Peggy Lee dates from 1959 Baubles, bangles, Hear how they jing, jing-a-ling-a, Baubles, bangles, Bright, shiny beads. Sparkles, spangles, My heart will sing, sing-a-ling-a, Wearing baubles, bangles and beads. I’ll glitter and gleam … Continue reading

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Fashion in Song – Mr. Poppleton’s Moustache – c. 1860

I can’t find a publication date for this c. 1860 comic song, but it was composed by English song writer and lyricist Henry Walker and published in London.                     They say … Continue reading

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Fashion in Song – Too Funky (1992)

Although the lyrics for ‘Too Funky’ are not about fashion, the concept for the video was inspired by a Thierry Mugler benefit fashion show. The costumes for ‘Too Funky’ were created by Thierry Mugler and George Michael donated the song, and all its … Continue reading

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Fashion in Dance: Pop Gear – Suits – Gold Pants (1965)

Cashing in on the Pop movement of the mid 60s is a film released in 1965 called ‘Pop Gear’ in the UK, and ‘Go-Go Mania’ in the U.S. The film featured various bands (including the Beatles) and fashions of the year … Continue reading

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Fashion in Song – The Tattooed Lady, 1959

Sung by Paddy Roberts, this 1959 comic song may have been more comical  when it was recorded and tattooed women were only seen in circuses… Oh, I was a bit of a lad, I admit: My past was a trifle … Continue reading

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Fashion in Song – Back When My Hair Was Short (1972)

I include grooming with fashion… By Gunhill Road – Back When My Hair Was Short Lyrics: Back when my hair was short I was a wiser sport Wore pointed shoes and pegged pants Drank ‘til my eyes were red Hid … Continue reading

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Straw Hat Songs – 1938 and 1949

There are two songs about straw hats. An Old Straw Hat was first performed by Shirley Temple in Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm in 1938: An Old Straw Hat – 1938 – Lyrics/Music Mack Gordon and Harry Revel What is all this dizzy … Continue reading

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