Re: Next Week: The Hokey Pokey

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And then I found five dollars on the way home.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 08- 9-09 8:26 PM
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It's not nice to make fun of neb, Stanley, as he can't help himself.


Posted by: ari | Link to this comment | 08- 9-09 8:43 PM
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Like all of these dances designed for group participation in this degenerate age, the Cupid Shuffle is, essentially, the Hustle---which I'm sure was something before disco, but I lose track of the ancestry at that point.

Maybe the disco era did have something sort of new to it, in that big groups of people were getting together to dance by themselves, as individuals. (Yes, obviously Rock n' Roll started some of this trend. Shut up.) Anyway, the old contradances, which are obvious precursors, still featured sets and partnering. Conviviality, rather than virtuosic individual dancing. Partnering, rather than mass movement.

There is something rather wonderful about following along the steps in a mass dance, though. The moves are necessarily simple, so some people might sneer at them as pedestrian and silly. Unison feels quite different to participate in, though, and I can only applaud musicians catchy enough to make a dance take off and ballsy enough to try for one.


Posted by: Jackmormon | Link to this comment | 08- 9-09 8:46 PM
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2: Fuck that guy.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 08- 9-09 9:22 PM
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Stanley, the "Cupid Shuffle" has two things going for it: it's really, really simple, and it feeds into a growing trend of New Orleans-style hip-hop line dancing (growing since soon after Katrina, interestingly enough, when people from New Orleans spread around the country). And line dancing, in one form or another, has been popular for, well, recorded history, so it must have something going for it. Probably something about dancing en masse, like Jack said. Plus, in clubs, it means you don't have to find a partner, which takes a lot of pressure off.

By the way, if there's a New Orleans-style hip hop club in your town, I definitely recommend visiting it, for "investigative" purposes, of course.


Posted by: Chris | Link to this comment | 08- 9-09 11:42 PM
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I heard this song at a wedding this summer and was amazed that a line dance could make the electric slide seem complex.


Posted by: Blume | Link to this comment | 08-10-09 1:21 AM
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I was never able to figure out the Electric Sldie. Sure, these things are all simple to people with 20 years of dance training.


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 08-10-09 1:26 AM
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You should go to better dance clubs, Stanley.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 08-10-09 1:30 AM
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7: thanks, Ned. You've made me feel better.


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 08-10-09 7:16 AM
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8: I suspect I shouldn't go at all.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 08-10-09 7:27 AM
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Going to one where the cupid shuffle is played probably isn't a good way to develop that heuristic, though.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 08-10-09 7:30 AM
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11: It was played twice in two hours; perhaps the DJ was funnin' everyone.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 08-10-09 7:32 AM
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Didn't I post The Cupid Shuffle a while ago? I love this song.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 08-10-09 7:34 AM
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I did! I did!


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 08-10-09 7:36 AM
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14: Oh, wow. You even mentioned the Hokey Pokey. The pwnage is 100%. Crap.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 08-10-09 7:39 AM
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This How To Do The Cupid Shuffle is priceless. For so many reasons, but especially that the camera doesn't even show his feet.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 08-10-09 7:53 AM
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Well, at the very least, I've managed to lock that song into my head for another day. Thanks, me.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 08-10-09 8:26 AM
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Also stupid!


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 08-10-09 9:17 AM
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