semina culture

by Art Chantry (

teri and toni were two of the biggest most popular go-go dancers in the cool los angeles scene of the mid-sixties. i think they introduced the fringe miniskirt to go-go dancing. toni was part of the circle around artist wallace berman referred to the ‘semina culture’. early beatniks. included a lot of amazing famous folks, too.

Read More: ---Bleak and brilliant stuff from a 23 year old gal who could move like a cat on the dance floor and was quite a looker as well! "Breakaway" can be found on a few Northern Soul CD compilations, "I'm 28" cropped up on the wonderful 4 CD Rhino box set "One Kiss Can Lead to Another: Girl Group Sounds Lost & Found". A promo film was made for "Breakaway" by film maker Bruce Conner, a black and white affair that featured Toni frugging and eventually taking off all of her clothes. It's often on YouTube but the good Mr. Connor bitches and it's taken down immediately, which is a pity as it should be seen if you're a straight male 60's anorak.---

and the short dark-haired dancer is toni basil….


“I’m 28″ comes from the pen of our hero Graham Gouldman . The track had previously appeared in the U.K. in January 1966 as “Getting Nowhere” by Friday Browne (Parlophone R 5396), produced by George Martin. Toni turns it into a dirge, but what a wonderful dirge it is, in fact I like a lot, more than the A-side even. The lyrics concern getting older:

“I’m 28, it’s getting late
What have I got to do?
My time is going, my fears are growing
My chances now are few
Dress revealing, sex appealing
Fur and feather, suede and leather,
Naughty, haughty, sure to glamorize…
It’s all been advertised
But… it’s getting me nowhere”

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