Synchronising the Tranky Doo

One of the classic Tranky Doo clips that we have is the Spirit Moves one, and most of the routine – as we dance it today – is derived from this version. Ironically, this version is almost certainly the reason it’s usually danced to Dipsy Doodle – I say ironically, because it’s pretty unlikely that Dipsy Doodle is what they were dancing to in the clip – and in true Spirit Moves fashion, then music was added as an afterthought, and in no way matches the dancing.

So I thought it might be fun to see how the Spirit Moves version would look if I actually sync’d it properly to work with the Dipsy Doodle. There is a version out there by Charles Herold, where he’s done a fantastic job combining the Spirit Moves one with another Al and Leon performance, to proved the whole routine, sync’ed to Tuxedo, but I’ve not come across one that synchronises properly with Dipsy Doodle – so clearly that job needed doing.

And here it is. Enjoy!

The Tranky Doo, danced by Al Minns, Pepsi Bethel and Leon James

For a more in-depth look at the Tranky Doo, you should definitely head across to SwungOver, to read the fascinating and beautifully-researched article: The Mysterious History of the Tranky Doo

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