Being a teenager in the 60’s was really groovy!
Groovy was a way cooler word than “cool” or any other word meant to describe the best of the best. Evolving from the word “grooves” in vinyl records, we even had groovy songs like: “We’ve Got a Groovy Kind of Love” by The Mindbenders in 1965, “We’ve Got a Groovy Thing Goin’” by Simon and Garfunkel in 1965, and “Groovin’” by The Young Rascals in ’67.
Groovy may have been the best word, but here’s a walk down memory lane for all of us 60’s teens.
- We told our friends to be there or be square. We got bummed out if things didn’t go our way. We claimed dibs on things we wanted.
- We dreamed about having our own pad and bread, didn’t like anyone who was a spaz, a dip-stick, a square, a candy-ass or a fink.
- We knew some greasers with their slicked-back hair, and knew that there were some girls who were fast and might even go all the way.
- We weren’t above a little making out and swapping spit at the drive-in Passion Pit, however, and even got to cop a feel once in a while if we were going steady. An occasional hickey was kind of funky too.
- We would talk on the horn for hours with the twisted cord pulled taut around doors for privacy, especially about hunks or skirts or the skuzzy kids or ditzes we didn’t like.
- We tooled around town and then peeled out of parking lots in our cars and sometimes did a Chinese fire drill at a red light just for fun.
- We told our little brothers, who were a pain in the wazoo, to flake off and quit bugging us. We told our Old Lady and Old Man not to be so uptight or go ape or freak out.
- Some of us were hippies and flower children, or at least wanted to be. We were laid back and snuck a toke once in a while. And sometimes we even got blitzed.
- If we were girls, we wore thongs on our feet and covered our zits with make-up.
- If we were guys, we wore our shades while checking out the choicest girls to hit on.
- Everything was cool or neat. Awesome things were bad. Incredible things were far out. Disgusting things were raunchy. Strange things were kooky. And anything we didn’t like was lame.
- We spun our vinyls to listen to I’m a Believer, I Want to Hold Your Hand, Big Girls Don’t Cry and Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In. Outta Sight, man!
- We watched Bonanza, Perry Mason, The Twilight Zone, Gunsmoke and What’s My Line on the boob tube, and were lucky enough to see the Fab Four on the Ed Sullivan Show.
- We didn’t take criticism well. Tough toenails if you didn’t like what we were doing. Go ahead and call the fuzz!
- We greeted everyone with “what’s happenin” and waved “later” when we beat feet.
- We bummed a smoke and told our friends to lay it on us when we wanted to hear the scoop.
- We had a blast, we hung loose, we mellowed out, we complained about living in Nowheresville, we booked it when it was time to leave, we pigged out on fast food and we flipped the bird when we got insulted. It was a gas!
Yes, some of these great words and expressions snuck into the 60’s from the 50’s and even earlier, and some have carried on through later generations.
But in my humble 1960’s teenager opinion, we had the coolest and grooviest and hippest slang of all time.
If you agree, say Right On!
If you don’t, shut your face!
P.S. I used over 70 words/phrases in this blog. What’s really neato is that I could have used even more. What a generation of creative wordsmiths we were! Groovy, huh?