Happiness by Goldfrapp is one of my favourite music videos.
Taken from their fourth studio album, Seventh Tree, Happiness echoed the warm and generally positive vibe of the album. The music video is equally uplifting and one I don’t get tired of watching again and again.
The seemingly unique video features a man (George Foster), dressed in a white suit hopping around Addington Square in Camberwell, South London spreading happiness wherever he goes. The video is unlike anything I had seen before… until I did some digging.
The inspiration for the dancing man comes straight from a 1953 musical ‘Small Town Girl’. There is a poster for the movie hidden on a post within the Goldfrapp video but you will struggle to see it!
In the musical, dancer Bobby Van, dressed in white suit, ‘hops’ from his house, across town, jumping on a hedge, clashing bin lids together and is joined by a hopping dog. Sound familiar?