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Hard News: Friday Music: Dancing Fool

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  • Joe Wylie, in reply to JacksonP,

    Some Scritti.

    Thanks for the memory jog, delightful. Here's my fave, from around a year earlier.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4593 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Darlington,

    One of my favs from Scuba about 18 months ago. Proper deep.

    Wil Maddams from about a year ago

    ...and if you got the Garage nostalgia. Hackney Parrot from earlier this year.

    Nelson • Since Nov 2006 • 949 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Simon Bennett,

    My dance phobia wasn’t helped by two years at drama school where I endured classes in tap, jazz, ballroom, renaissance, free movement (creative writhing) and super-aerobics with Michael Parmenter every morning for a year. The horror.

    I sooo sympathise, Simon.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2933 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia, in reply to Simon Bennett,

    My dance phobia wasn’t helped by two years at drama school where I endured classes in tap, jazz, ballroom, renaissance, free movement (creative writhing) and super-aerobics with Michael Parmenter every morning for a year. The horror.

    Hah... so it's not just me. I was a hideously unco child, so I ended up doing tap and jazz classes, and even if I say so myself I wasn't half bad but can't even think about dancing socially without fixating on what my hands are doing. Now, I can't dance unless I'm in my bathrobe, alone in the house and desperately trying to avoid productive activity by busting out my pole dancer playlist. It really does reveal I'm an uncool homosexual of a certain age...

    Some automotive sexual innuendo with Miss Grace Jones...

    Getting in touch with your interior Beyonce...

    Scritti Politti, 'The Word Girl' (Yeah, there's a specific memory attached to this.)

    And I have been known to jiggle awkwardly to Pat Wilson's 'Bop Girl'. (Yes, that is Nicole Kidman.)

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Richard Stewart,

    This Elvis remix always gets me movin'

    Pt Chev • Since Feb 2012 • 71 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP,

    Of course when I started dancing, it was to this.

    Just found the whole Dance Craze movie on YouTube. Sweet, albeit low-ish quality.

    And these guys.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2450 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs,

    and to start up any Saturday morning - a pinch of Bootzilla

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2700 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    I do like to dance, but it's all a bit wild and moves all over the place. My inspiration, little sis:

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10653 posts Report Reply

  • Bevan,

    Back when they were Philly soul in the mid-70s, before the disco explosion, Sister Sledge did tunes like this:
    Circle Of Love

    Also, I once worked as a dancing polar bear at a nightclub in Austria ...

    Wellington • Since Sep 2013 • 17 posts Report Reply

  • Matthew Littlewood, in reply to Emma Hart,

    I love dancing. If the choice is, "We could go home and have sex, or stay here and keep dancing,"... I'm going to trying really hard not to answer that question.

    Assuming the person in question has some form of music-playing device at their abode, then surely the answer to that question is "we can go home, keep dancing and then have sex." Everyone wins!

    Anyway, I know the tack below is painfully obvious, especially considering some of the cooler tracks on display on this thread, but Underworld's "Born Slippy", especially when they played it live, is one of those tracks that really captures the sense of a hedonistic, hazy and wracked state of mind released and exaggerated dancing. I love how Hyde's vocals sound almost terrified at being caught up in at all. And of course, it signed off one of the great films of the 1990s.

    "Let you feelings slip, but never your mask, boy..."

    Today, Tomorrow, Timaru • Since Jan 2007 • 449 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP,

    How about some Mantronix? The problem is, which mix? I went for quality.

    And some Herbie live. Spin on your head. Or something.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2450 posts Report Reply

  • Ethan Tucker,

    Thanks for posting the California Soul remix - I'd not heard that track before. The 1969 original by Marlena Shaw is pretty snappy in its own right too:

    Wellington • Since Apr 2008 • 119 posts Report Reply

  • Barnaby Nicholls,

    How the hang do you embed clips in a post? I'm new, and I really hope this works, because the Pet Shop Boys have started pumping out honest-to-god bangers

    <iframe width="420" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/qNR8gQAoYCs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

    Wellington • Since Apr 2013 • 19 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    Barnaby,
    Just copy
    and paste the YouTube or Vimeo url
    Like this (but with no gap after the http:
    - introduced to fool the machine!)
    http: //www.youtube.com/embed/qNR8gQAoYCs

    results in:
    http://www.youtube.com/embed/qNR8gQAoYCs

    hmmm, links but doesn’t drop in
    - that must have come from an embedded clip somewhere maybe?
    if you copy from You Tube direct – look for the watch or embed in the url:
    here it is with a gap again
    http: //www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNR8gQAoYCs
    voila:

    hope it sort of helps
    this is why I’ve not pursued teaching hitherto, methinks

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7944 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    Audi oh! culture?
    I finally had a look at that Audi / Land of Plenty ad appropriation...
    I note the Audi ad also copies many of the key shots in the Pauly Fuemana clip - it would appear (implicit by their own admission) that the brief from the outset, was to emulate, reference and trigger resonant connections to 'Land of Plenty' - a cynical and parsimonious compliment at best...
    Cultural plundering at worst!
    it just reinforces my feeling that Audi truly is a four ring circus, one I won't be attending (not that I could afford one anyway)...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7944 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle, in reply to Lilith __,

    I don’t think a danceable thread is complete without some Prince.

    My favourite Prince song to dance to is "Alphabet St". But only the long version, because it is key to yell out "shake your body like a horny pony would!" at the appropriate moment.

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3828 posts Report Reply

  • Barnaby Nicholls, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Glorious, thank you. Seems to be just like posting on Facebook, which I doubted was the case.

    Wellington • Since Apr 2013 • 19 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Not a copy claims Audi, with backing of Graeme Downes. Cheeky pricks.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19719 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to Danielle,

    it is key to yell out “shake your body like a horny pony would!” at the appropriate moment.

    <3

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3891 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Barnaby Nicholls,

    because the Pet Shop Boys have started pumping out honest-to-god bangers

    Yay! I'd totally dance to that!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22834 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    What I was kneading my pizza dough this afternoon, Dub Syndicate's 'Mafia' was playing. It seemed to offer the perfect rhythm for the job:

    The pizza came out bloody wonderfully. Coincidence? I think not.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22834 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    Chorus Echo...

    Not a copy claims Audi,
    with backing of Graeme Downes

    Well, he would, wouldn't he....


    Verlaine, Verlaine, Verlaine


    Lorraine, Lorraine, Lorraine

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7944 posts Report Reply

  • Jason Kemp,

    What a wonderful thread. I believe there is a famous quote somewhere like this "Talking / writing about music is like dancing about architecture" sometimes credited to Elvis Costello but you get the idea.

    Thanks for all the great music clips in here. One of my fave ever dance scenes on film is from Hal Hartley's "Simple Men" movie and features a Sonic Youth song.

    Hal Hartley Simple Men Dance

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 368 posts Report Reply

  • Venetia King,

    So late to this, but felt the need to respond after all the 'yes, that!' moments I had about the clips people posted.

    I'm pretty self conscious about dancing but last week a friend persuaded me to try a local No Lights No Lycra night - an hour of dancing in the near-dark in comfy clothes with a bunch of strangers. It was great, I reckon I'll be back. If I get around to making playlist suggestions, there are a few on here that would be perfect!

    This was my top Scritti Politti song - a friend recorded the video off RTR and we used to play it repeatedly till her mum recorded over it by accident (Cupid & Psyche 85 was one of my first records):

    And my fave Young MC song - love the end of the story:

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 117 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Venetia King,

    I’m pretty self conscious about dancing but last week a friend persuaded me to try a local No Lights No Lycra night – an hour of dancing in the near-dark in comfy clothes with a bunch of strangers. It was great, I reckon I’ll be back. If I get around to making playlist suggestions, there are a few on here that would be perfect!

    Fascinating! What's the music like? Is there somewhere nice to sit down and take a break? (I see they're a bit stern about talking on the dancefloor.)

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22834 posts Report Reply

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