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The Flamin' Groovies were an American rock music band of the 1960s and '70s. They began in San Franciscomarker in 1965, founded by Ron Greco, Cyril Jordan and Roy Loney. They are perhaps best known for their song "Shake Some Action", which was later featured in the 1995 movie Clueless. The group have been called one of the forerunners to punk rock.

Their first album, 1969's Supersnazz, featured Jordan (guitar, vocals), Loney (guitar, vocals), George Alexander (bass, harmonica, vocals), Tim Lynch (guitar, harmonica, vocals) and Danny Mihm (drums). Some critics have pointed to its unsuitable production, and it contained both re-creations of 1950s rock and roll and more melodic songs that anticipated the power pop movement of the 1970s—a genre to which the Flamin' Groovies would eventually contribute significant work. Their second album, 1970's Flamingo, was considered by critics to be a stronger effort. Teenage Head was released in 1971 and is listed in the 2006 book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

In 1971, Loney left the band and was replaced by singer and guitarist Chris Wilson (born 10 September 1952, Waltham, Massachusettsmarker), who, along with Jordan, began to move the group in a more overtly power-pop direction. Between 1971 and 1976, very little was heard of the group except their 1972 anti-drug song "Slow Death" (co-written by Loney). In 1976, they teamed up with British producer Dave Edmunds, and recorded Shake Some Action.

After some re-recordings of their older material featuring only Jordan and Alexander from the original band, the Groovies disbanded in 1992.

According to a poster in the collection of the concert promoter Bill Graham,, The Flamin' Groovies headlined the Azkena outdoor rock festival in Mendizabala, Spain on September 11, 2004. In 2005, Jordan founded a new band, Magic Christian.



  • Sneakers was a 17:10 12" ep.
  • Flamingo was released in Germany as This Is the Flamin' Groovies.
  • Half of Still Shakin was reissued from Flamingo & Teenage Head.

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Other references

  1. Buckley 2003, p. 322, "The Flamin' Groovies really had more in common with the MC5, who deployed the same twin-guitar assault on white rock. Both would become regarded as forerunners of the punk rock movement,"
  3. The Music of Cyril Jordan
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  5. Billboard, Allmusic

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