JUKEBOX: Ticky, Real Ticky

As far as East Germany's real cool cats were concerned, those Communist cubes over at the Ministry of Culture must have flipped. The music for the Lipsi, the German Democratic Republic's newly authorized, ideologically correct song-and-dance craze, sounded like a South American nightmare with a boogie beat. It was nothing but a hopped-up minuet in 6/4 time —bogue*, man, real bogue.-The dance steps themselves looked like a mixed-up rumba, laced with old-fashioned open steps that led to a kind of shimmying amble—ticky, man, real ticky.†

Bogue or ticky, or just plain goofy, the Lipsi (a contraction of Lipsia, Latin for...

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