Well, well, well…the time has come to discuss one of the greatest contradictions ever (AND A FANTASTIC ONE IT IS) that is this song. In a way it is considered to be one of the feminine anthems by excellence but the video probably fails all those feminine values and makes the complete opposite statement.
Stylish, innovative, sazzy, unique and just a fabulous song, I am going to talk about probably my favorite jam (and video) by the always wonderful Nancy Sinatra.
Nancy Sinatra – These Boots Are Made for Walkin’
The song was written by Lee Hazlewood (American songwriter and record producer who collaborated all through out the 60´s with Sinatra and other artist). I don’t know how his life was, if he loved and was loved in return, if he was happy, fun, successful and financially stable, if he was healthy…I don´t know anything about him, but I need to take this opportunity to digest on his perfect writing, in fact, we should all have a moment of silence (he died in 2007) to honor him for creating this verse:
You keep lying, when you oughta be truthin’
and you keep losin’ when you oughta not bet.
You keep samin’ when you oughta be changin’.
Now what’s right is right, but you ain’t been right yet.
The song was released on February 22, 1966 and was number one on American and British charts.
I have to take this opportunity to also talk a little bit about Nancy Sinatra. First because she is AMAZING and second because she follows everyone back on twitter…that makes her a person with ZERO DIVA pose and only for that I like her already. She was born in 1940 (happy to report she is alive and kicking). She is the daughter of Frank Sinatra Sr. (oh!!!! I love her duet with her father “Somethin´Stupid“). She also used to look like this:
Today past 70 she is still pretty hot.
She is also forever embedded in the collective consciousness as the image for Go- go boots.
According to wikipedia:
“The term go-go is derived from the French expression à gogo, meaning “in abundance, galore”, which is in turn derived from the ancient French word la gogue for “joy, happiness”. The term “go-go” has also been explained as a 1964 back-formation of the 1962 slang term “go”, meaning something that was “all the rage”; the term “go-go dancer” first appeared in print in 1965. The first Whisky à Go-Go opened in Paris in 1947. In 1958, the first Whisky a Go Go in North America opened in Chicago, Illinois, on the corner of Rush Street and Chestnut Street. It has been called the first real American discothèque.”
The video is a feast of red, green, orange and warm colors. A parade of black boots. Legs galore! She and…all, all of the dancers look stupendous… the guitar is classic and immediately identifiable and coolness of the song stands up against any other as a dignified contender. The dancing is CONTAGIOUS and I think well paced…not too fast, not to slow, not to bouncy…just the right amount of shaking. I know I want to dance like that, have her legs and wear that black outfit!
The song also has french horn, trumpet, tenor sax and I think it is one of the most recognizable songs from the 60s. It embodies the happy energy around the decade, the hair, the “feel” or an era. I think along with Cher, Diana Ross and Janis Joplin, she is probably one of the most beloved female singers of that period. I also love her version of “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot me Down)” and in general, have tremendous respect for her as a woman and for this song. I think this is the best female video of that decade. What do you think?