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Song of the Day: Rilo Kiley, "The Frug"

Song of the Day: Rilo Kiley, "The Frug"

Ok, Rilo Kiley fans, are you ready for a serious geek-out? If any of you saw child-actress-turned-frontwoman Jenny Lewis in her star-making role in Troop Beverly Hills, then you may remember the scene in which troop leader Shelley Long teaches the girls a bunch of 1960s dances, such as "The Freddy." In fact, my memory is hazy, but I think there was a scene at a nursing home, with dancing elderly folks, set to the tune of "Do the Freddy." (Does anyone remember this? Help me out here.)

Anyway, given Lewis's personal history with such dances, I've always thought it utterly charming that the singer penned a track called "The Frug" that name-checks many of those same dance moves. The hard-to-find 1998 song appeared on the soundtrack for a movie called Desert Blue, which is infinitely more obscure than Troop Beverly Hills (but check out that cast!). Thankfully, The Music Slut graciously unearthed it this week. To listen and tell me what you think — and, now, watch the adorable video — just


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angelcakesugar angelcakesugar 9 years
Troop Beverly Hills is such a great movie and this video is so hysterical. I have the movie on DVD and will have to double check it but wasn't it Jenny Lewis, Carla Gugino, Kelly Martin and the girl who played Margo on Punky Brewster in it? I don't recognize any of the other kids though. Let's hope this one stays off the remake list. Preserve some 80s fun cheesiness.
terryt18 terryt18 9 years
Wow. I didn't realize the troop beverly hills chick was in the band. i only know the band from internet chatter but that song was cute. she has a nice voice. i've never seen that movie but dang a lotta folks were in it.
DCStar DCStar 9 years
Haven't listened to this in a while! But yeah, gotta love it :)
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 9 years
I love Troop Beverly Hills. They do The Freddy during the nursing home scene and some lady in a wheelchair starts rolling down a hill (while still doing The Freddy) and Shelly Long has to go after her. LOL
allthingsgrow allthingsgrow 9 years
One of my favorite Rilo Kiley songs. =]
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
laneylaney — you're so right! Thank goodness for YouTube! I just added it to the post. Thank you.
sumbum sumbum 9 years
The Freddy! hilarious!! I love that scene when Shelly Long was teaching all the girls different dances.
Liss1 Liss1 9 years
Thats a catchy song!
Noodles-and-Waffles Noodles-and-Waffles 9 years
Do you remember how the women in the wheel-chair loses control while doing the Freddy and starts rolling downhill? Shelley Long runs after her and continues dancing. Classic.
Cadet Cadet 9 years
This is my favorite era Rilo Kiley. Innocent. Untainted.
caryatid caryatid 9 years
love love love jenny lewis and anything rilo kiley related!
laneylaney laneylaney 9 years
there is a really cute video you can find easily. jenny dances and looks cute as ever!
laneylaney laneylaney 9 years
i always loved this song.
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