Electric Boogaloo


What does Electric Boogaloo mean?

Electric Boogaloo refers to a phrase, that became widely associated with crappy movie sequels.

The expression comes from the street dance crew, The Electric Boogaloos whose signature style was called poppin and “electric boogaloo”.


What's the origin of Electric Boogaloo?

The Electric Boogaloos were founded in California in 1977, getting famous for their unique dance style.

The popularity of the phrase was increased when the poorly executed sequel of Breakin’; Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo was premiered in 1984.

The movie received diminishing reviews, and the phrase “electric boogaloo” became associated with badly executed sequels as early as 2001.

Spread & Usage

How did Electric Boogaloo spread?

“Electric boogaloo” became widely endorsed in titles in the 2000’s, both in musical works as well as online websites, blogposts and articles.

The expression was first defined on Urban Dictionary in 2008, with numerous other entries to follow.

It would grow a common occurrence on sites like Reddit or YouTube as well.

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