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Mohamad Khan
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posted 23 May 2003 05:24 PM      Profile for Mohamad Khan   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Michelle and i went to see Bend It Like Beckham again a couple of days ago. when Jasminder's sister is getting married and Jas is out playing soccer, there's a bhangra tune playing, and i could not keep my feet still when i heard them hit that dhol.

a dhol would be this thing:

this is the best test for discovering whether or not someone is Punjabi: bang a dhol within earshot, and very soon one of their legs will start shivering, then both shoulders will begin to twitch up and down.

turns out the song is an old skool UK bhangra tune by B21, called "Darshan." it goes "nii tere hoye sawere darshan, ajj din wadiyaa languu gaa," which means roughly "i saw your face this morning, now this day's gonna go alright." i downloaded it and surreptitiously let out my unsatisfied dhol desires in my room.

so what kind of dance music can your body not resist?


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ronb
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posted 23 May 2003 05:36 PM      Profile for ronb     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Bonzo's Montreux.

This would be Bonzo.

Pretty much anything he plays on makes me squirm about in my seat, I just have to tune out that annoying shreiking singer that they sometimes put over top of his drumming.

Jim Keltner makes me twitch and move around real funny too, makes my wife laugh out loud sometimes...


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Dr. Mr. Ben
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posted 24 May 2003 10:32 AM      Profile for Dr. Mr. Ben   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Bootsy Collins.
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Tommy_Paine
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posted 24 May 2003 02:03 PM      Profile for Tommy_Paine     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I'd say I don't dance, but if I said that, being a wasp, I'd be making a stereotype of myself, so I won't.

For the record, I'm fixated on being on time, too.

But, I'm not a stereotype.

So, for the sake on non arguments, let's say I dance.

I've always been more attracted to the percussion part of music, So the big kettle drums in something like Beethoven's 5th, or 9th make me want to move my body.

As does the wonderful pounding's of John Bonham from "Led Zepplin".

I used to think highly of the unconventional fills of Kieth Moon, until I heard Pete Townsend say "Kieth only had one real move you know. Fump fump, fump fump, fuddy fuddy dump dump." Damn, and you know ol' Pete was right. What Townsend went on to say was that Moon brough other talents to the band.

I don't like the sound, but I like the technique of Ginger Baker.

I'm most impressed with Stuart Chatwood of "The Tea Party" whose percussion moves me a lot.

I think it's because it's kind of a mix of Bonham's force, only a bit more intricate. Many tunes also show an influence of middle eastern percussion and rythms, both in style and instrumentation which I would find irresistable, if I, you know, danced.

[ 24 May 2003: Message edited by: Tommy_Paine ]


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glennB
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posted 24 May 2003 02:17 PM      Profile for glennB     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
That late '80s early 90s hip-hop. Before it all went Gansta rap. But it's less dancing and more making those funny hip hop hand signals. Like forming your hand in the shape of a gun and making back and forth semi-circle loops in the air. It's the only way to dance to that music.

Sometimes, sometimes I'll do a running man. But the drapes have to be drawn.


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posted 24 May 2003 02:53 PM      Profile for WingNut   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 

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posted 24 May 2003 05:06 PM      Profile for audra trower williams   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Smells Like Bootylicious. A truly addictive mix of Smells Like Teen Spirit and Bootylicious.
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Rebecca West
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posted 26 May 2003 12:02 PM      Profile for Rebecca West     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
That's a long list:

Moby's dance tunes, and anything where he's sampled gospel or roots music. Infinitely danceable. Also, some Chemical Bros., and Underworld. Hip hop from Michael Franti, Jello Biafra et al, and maybe mc solaar. Some of Miriam Makebe's stuff, pretty much all Zydeco and Cajun music (File's a fave).

Oh, and there's a track on this Nine Inch Nails EP I have ... can't remember the name of it, but it's really angry and primitive, and goes right to the heart of...well...things. Very sexuallly driving.


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posted 27 May 2003 05:04 AM      Profile for beluga2     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I don't quite know why, but I was grooving my ass off today to "You Can All Join In" by Traffic. Y'know, off their 1968 self-titled album?

Before that, the Beta Band's "B+A" had me bouncing & wiggling in my car as I drove along. (Is it legal to groove & drive at the same time?)

(By the way, I used to do a mean moonwalk back in the day...)


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posted 27 May 2003 11:48 AM      Profile for sophrosyne     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Zakk Wylde. Lately, that is.
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Rebecca West
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posted 27 May 2003 12:51 PM      Profile for Rebecca West     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Oh, flashback to my best dance moment - a Stranglers concert back in 1980 (or '81 maybe). I remember the floor of the Masonic Temple vibrating to the rhythm of gyrating, flailing, pogoing bodies, and that rhythm, like an electric current, running up from the soles of my boots through my whole body.

Hell yes there were drugs involved, but it was a Great Dance Moment(tm) all the same.


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audra trower williams
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posted 27 May 2003 01:31 PM      Profile for audra trower williams   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I used to coreograph dances to the Flashdance soundtrack, dressed like this:


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candle
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posted 13 June 2003 02:02 AM      Profile for candle     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Well if Tainted Love by Soft Cell is playing you can count on me getting my ass on the dance floor.
The B-52's also.

Other than that stuff like Fugazi, At the Drive-In (Sparta & Mars Volta), Shotmaker. Basically hardcore with interesting rhythms. Superchunk is a great band to pogo too (just watch Laura Ballance on stage)


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meades
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posted 13 June 2003 02:14 AM      Profile for meades     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
All Ska. I'm serious. If I hear a tune, I just have to skank it up. The first time I ever really danced was to ska, because I simply could not sit still, even if I did make an ass of myself (which I did not). But if the mood strikes me, I can dance to anything.

Mohammad, I downloaded Darshan, and am quite enjoying it!


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al-Qa'bong
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posted 13 June 2003 04:04 AM      Profile for al-Qa'bong   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Ska is impossible not to dance to, which is why, at my advanced age, and with my concern over cardiac malfunction, I hesitate to listen to much ska these days.

I think the last time I actually danced in public was in 1994 at a Selecter gig. I dug out my old Mr. Two-Tone badge (this guy) and dusted off my black suit jacket and went finally to hear Pauline Black live. Since I had always lived in the sticks, I had never had the opportunity to see a live ska band before, even though I had records by the English Beat, Specials and Madness since 1980.

Pauline Black is a bit older than me, but the 20 year olds at the gig thought it was amusing to see this old feller doing the skank. One young guy I knew said to me, "I bet you were around for the first wave." True, and I haven't, as I said, danced in public since.


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quote:
Originally posted by al-Qa'bong:
I think the last time I actually danced in public was in 1994 at a Selecter gig.

Was that the show at the Warehouse with Special Beat, The Toasters and The Skatelites? If so, I was there.

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posted 15 June 2003 02:48 AM      Profile for AdvoCat     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Ya Mon ... I totally car-jive down the highway to Bob Marley.
"We taking it slow, taking it easy
Got to take it slow, so take it easy
Easy skanking, easy skanking
Oh take it easy, easy skanking"

I have a heavy foot.


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Michelle
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posted 15 June 2003 07:53 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Tommy_Paine:
I've always been more attracted to the percussion part of music, So the big kettle drums in something like Beethoven's 5th, or 9th make me want to move my body.

I wouldn't have thought of this right away, but it's true - when I listen to particularly gripping classical music (particularly from the Romantic era) it makes me want to move, too, although not dance - makes me want to air-conduct. But only when I'm alone, of course.

Hey, that reminds me of something hilarious that my father and I saw when I was a teenager and still taking piano lessons (which I've been meaning to start doing again someday). Dad drove me over to my piano teacher's home, We pulled up by the curb in front of the house, and in the driveway was their car, and her husband, who owned a piano store in town, was sitting inside the car, conducting his life out, obviously listening to classical music on the radio or tape player. He was a bit of an odd man to begin with, and Dad and I looked at each other and cracked right up.

And yet, how many times, while I'm alone, have I been a world-famous conductor? I blush to recall.


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posted 16 June 2003 06:27 PM      Profile for audra trower williams   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I currently can not get enough of the FannyPack song Cameltoe. Live it! Live it!
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natas
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posted 19 June 2003 07:15 PM      Profile for natas   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Funky Four Plus One, Television, Ramones, Arto Lindsay, Tom Ze, Public Enemy, Orchestra Super Mazembe, George Jones.

I like listening to them too, but tell me: how do people move their bodies to Pink Floyd? I picture myself moving to "Shine on you Crazy Diamond" and it's worse than Springsteen. ("Lucifer Sam" is another story, but really)


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Michelle
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posted 19 June 2003 09:09 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
When I picture people moving to Pink Floyd, I imagine that head thing - you know, where you do the overbite and thrust your chin back and forth in rhythm to the music? Anyhow, I picture that in time to "We Don't Need No Education", or whatever that song's called.
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LittleDoucheCoupe
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I love listening to early Naz....er German electronic music. Kraftwerk always does it for me, and Tangerine Dream is something to put on when I'm feeling ethereal. Then again, my favourite song has to be a song by Squeeze from their Frank album. A little ditty called "She Doesn't Have To Shave". Excellent!
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quote:
Arto Lindsay

Now here's a cat I've just never been able to get. Why is he popular? I saw him once with DJ Spooky and the Anti-pop consortium some months back and he was frankly embarrassing. The rest of the band would have a nice groove going, then Arto would pick up his guitar, pause for dramatic effect, then "sqwank, sqronk, schreech!". Sounded worse than my high school punk rock band, and that's saying something!!

And yet the crowd seemed to dig it...


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