Slim and Slam: The Flat Foot Floogie

In the 1930s, jive talk acquired artful connotations. No longer patter, it was now patois. Its preeminent practitioner, Slim Gaillard, devised a dialect called "vout" that suffixed "orooney" and "oreeney" to any unsuspecting word that happened by. In 1938, "The Flat Foot Floogie" happened by, and the nation was hooked-orooney. As a lexicologist, Slim was elastic, indecisively singing "Flat Feet Floogee," "Fat Feet Floogee" and "Fat Fleet Foogee," all within seconds of one another. This doesn't pretend to be great music, but Slim & Slam's genial whimsy provides a snapshot of America's cloudless innocence 19 months before World War II.

October 28, 2007 · 0 comments


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