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Hard News: Friday Music: Dancing Fool

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  • nzlemming,

    I loved dancing as a teenager, but was probably the most uncoordinated lad ever. Theatre parties were great for letting it all hang out. I had to learn to waltz etc. for the stage, but that wasn't dancing to me, it was choreography. As I got older, and the M.E. set in I had less and less energy to spare. If I danced, I wouldn't be driving home. These days, I just like to listen, which is also good, but if someone invented a cure I'd be a dancing fool again! ;-)

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2930 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle, in reply to Simon Grigg,

    OMG, I forgot about “I Come Off”! I liked that one, back in the day. OK, a several-hit-wonder then. :)

    (Didn’t he also write both of Tone Loc’s hit songs? “Funky Cold Medina” and… the other one. I know, I know, Google is my friend.)

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

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Greg Wood,

    Their mummy usually takes this as a signal to go out for a run.

    Or, more concisely, to run.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22756 posts Report Reply

  • Alan Perrott,

    Tyrion on Sesame Street - with a pastoral, sitar rock groove

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 438 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg, in reply to Danielle,

    (Didn't he also write both of Tone Loc's hit songs? "Funky Cold Medina" and... the other one.)

    Wild Thing. Yeah, he was quite the hit maker for a while. And the producers of all those did Paul's Boutique too. They had a genius way with samples that was unfortunately killed stone dead around 1992 by the courts.

    And the remixer of I Come Off was CJ "Pump Up The Volume" Macintosh.

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3283 posts Report Reply

  • samuel walker,

    At the risk of offending professional dancers... my credo is to dance to feel good, never look good. Never understood people who laugh at the funny dancers, they are probably having a better time than you!

    On the other hand Leatherman in Thank God It's Friday has an approach that's hard to dismiss:

    "You ain't gonna be happy until you're free. And the only way you're going to be free is to get loose. And the only way you're going to get loose is to dance!"

    I can not comment on whether the dancing across car rooftops was re-created outside Box on high St in the early nineties, or whether a moving car was utilised to bridge the gap Vulcan lane created...

    Since Nov 2006 • 203 posts Report Reply

  • Farmer Green,

    Maybe this time-

    Lower North Island • Since Nov 2012 • 776 posts Report Reply

  • samuel walker, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I have been known to dance to the sound of a coffee-grinder.

    Sometimes all it takes is a phone ringing or a kettle boiling...

    Since Nov 2006 • 203 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Other guaranteed party-starters.

    Stereo MCs, ‘Connected’. Just has the best bass drop in the intro:

    Gwen Guthrie’s ‘Ain’t Nothing Goin’ On But the Rent’:

    The 1989 Dancin’ Danny D remix of Chaka Khan’s ‘’I’m Every Woman’:

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22756 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Beard, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Stereo MCs, ‘Connected’.

    THIS.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1040 posts Report Reply

  • Julian Melville,

    One of my favourite things about working at a stand-up desk most of the time is that I can dance around a bit more when the music is up loud. For the safety of others, I only do it in my home office...

    Auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 199 posts Report Reply

  • Bevan Shortridge,

    As Russell quoted Joss Whedon on dancing:

    "I can't do the foxtrot or the running man. But there's something about movement that feels better than anything that isn't writing."

    Here he combined both, as Numfar, in the series Angel:

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 122 posts Report Reply

  • davesparks,

    If we're talking classics, and CJ Mackintosh:

    That Stereo MCs, good times. : )

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 45 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart,

    I recently told the story of my crappest date on Twitter, when we all went clubbing and my boyfriend spent the whole evening comforting his crying ex-girlfriend. With whom he was "secretly" still sleeping.

    I felt kind of guilty about it, because actually I had a pretty great time that night. Dan's friend Martin turned out to be a fantastic dancer, so we just left them to it. At one point in the evening, people actually cleared space around us and stood and watched.

    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.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4650 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to davesparks,

    If we’re talking classics, and CJ Mackintosh:

    Massive flashback on that remix. Haven't heard it in years!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22756 posts Report Reply

  • thegirlstefan, in reply to samuel walker,

    nice-I was just about to post this, or the one at the traffic lights

    Aotearoa • Since Oct 2011 • 42 posts Report Reply

  • Kebabette,

    oh man man I love you guys. Young MC, Neneh Cherry ... amen. I am a dancer. I remember getting kicked out of Form 1 art class because I HAD to dance to Antmusic. I do love a good krump. was twerking while Miley was at kindy.

    Christchurch • Since Feb 2007 • 221 posts Report Reply

  • andin,

    Hope you guys have your 'puter connected to yer "stereo"


    And theres always Micheal, pity he was was a pedophile

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1882 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Other guaranteed party-starters.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19688 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Love dancing

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19688 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP,

    Could hardly not join in on this. And Danielle, so great to have you and a few others here dancing in our garage. We should do that again.

    Fatback Band - Spread Love.

    I probably came to prefer this to Blue Monday for dancing.

    Some Scritti.

    And last, but not least, Propaganda.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2448 posts Report Reply

  • Hugh Good,

    This has probably been around for a bit, but it's been making me nod my head for the last few days. Haven't heard it in a club, but the bass line would make it a banger. It's got a kind of 90s video game chord intro to it

    Jai Paul - Jasmine

    UK • Since Apr 2009 • 4 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Bennett,

    Adore music, but sadly have always hated dancing with an intensity bordering on neurosis. Way too physically self-conscious I guess. Sad, because I love watching dance, and envy people who can just commit to the music and move.

    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.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 170 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __,

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

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3887 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to Hugh Good,

    Jai Paul – Jasmine

    I like that a lot.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3887 posts Report Reply

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