Robert Webb hosts a countdown of the hippest, sexiest and quirkiest dance crazes of the last 40 years. What turns a simple bit of choreography into a worldwide phenomenon?
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Dancing is super fun. It's a form of expression and it's cool.
Oh, I know this song. Let's do the routine to it. It brings everyone together. It's great.
Having a dance craze gives us that chance to do something all together
and all feel like we are one animal.
There's been so many great dance crazes
and I've partaken in most of them.
It's fun, it's something that everyone can do.
Oh, it's camp as Christmas.
The moment any of these songs start, you're damned if you do and you're damned if you don't.
Better to slap on a smile and get stuck in, I reckon.
Hello, I'm TV's Robert Webb,
and I'm here to welcome you back to Pop's Greatest Dance Crazes.
This is part two of our countdown of the hippest, the sexiest,
the quirkiest and, let's be honest...
..the gayest dance crazes from the last 40 years.
So, get ready to groove as we continue our odyssey into the songs
that have got you bopping like idiots at office parties,
wedding discos, or alone in your front room, drunk.
At number 30, it's Bucks Fizz with their Eurovision winning song Making Your Mind Up.
In a bid to win the votes of the more backward European nations,
the song featured a routine that managed to be both childish and sexist.
It culminated in the male members of the band yanking off the skirts of the ladies. Like this...
Oh, your one doesn't do it.
Making Your Mind Up.
# You gotta speed it up And then you gotta slow it down... #
# And if you believe that a love can hit the top
# You gotta play your round... #
I used to remember doing that in the playground. That was my era.
# ..Making your mind up! #
# Making your mind up! # Is that it?
We were put together specifically to wear
bright colours, to all be blonde,
and to all do a happy little routine that would catch the judges' eyes.
# Don't let your indecision take you from behind... # Hands on bum.
# Take you from behind... #
# Trust your intuition Don't let others change your mind! #
Don't let others change your mind. See, they had a message.
They had a positive message.
I'd leap onto Mike, legs akimbo, run back to our mic stands.
The most memorable part of the song.
# But if you want to see some more... #
There was a point where they whipped the girls' skirts off to show off their knees.
The skirts came off and that was it. History was made.
We saw Cheryl Baker's knees!
I'm sure that we won Eurovision because of the skirts. We only won by four points.
I'm sure that those four points were from people who were glad the skirts came off.
# But soon you will find that there comes a time
# For making your mind up. #
At 29, it's a Python-esque take on an original '60s skank dance, by which I mean this.
MUSIC: "One Step Beyond" By Madness
God, it's knackering. Yes, it's Madness with One Step Beyond.
The tune was originally written by Jamaican ska singer Prince Buster, and it wasn't...
Oh, sod it. Watch the VT.
Hey you! Don't watch that. Watch this!
One step beyond!
I'm a massive Madness fan,
so you got to do all that, and you got to do the sort of running on the spot. It's just like drunken...raaah!
If you say the words One Step Beyond to me,
the first thing that comes into my head
is an overweight man jogging on the spot ferociously
and occasionally flailing out his arms and striking bystanders.
One step beyond!
It's one for the football supporters, isn't it, Madness? Whooa!
You know, they're called Madness, so everything that they do
can be as frenetic and insane and crazy as you like.
Their Jamaican ska inspired moves and high energy songs
made blokes everywhere want to climb on the nutty train.
The idea of dancing
had kind of fizzled out a little bit,
certainly amongst white working class,
middle class boys.
One step beyond!
And in fact, my hand has been shaken on a number of occasions by people
who've thanked me, in part, for making blokes dance again.
When they were in the pop charts, I would have been six, seven, eight, so all those family dos,
it was just lashed up blokes like my dad going, "Right, House Of Fun, you're bloody right it is."
It did make you want to dance. Your feet would go with the drums and your hips with the bass
and the elbows with the high hat.
I would imagine they could bring out Madness the DVD as a workout DVD
because it is really energetic.
I think it burns about 4,000 calories every time you do it, so...
This is Jai Ho, a song many of you know from the film Slumdog Millionaire.
For those of you who haven't seen it, it's about a destitute child who witnesses the murder of his mother,
is lured into a life of slavery, then scrapes a meagre existence
through the rest of his childhood before being beaten by the police.
And on that happy note, some dancing!
# This beat is heavy, so heavy You gonna feel it
# Jai ho You are the reason that I breathe
# You are the reason that I still believe
# You are my destiny
# Jai ho... #
Jai ho was really the dance that white people went, "I know a bit of Bollywood dancing."
# Jai ho! #
The general Bollywood/bhangra move is literally screw in a light bulb.
That's what you're doing. You're screwing a light bulb.
Maybe two light bulbs.
Look at that, eh? Danny Boyle, I'm ready for Slumdog 2!
# Never gonna let go... #
There was, like, some of these and da-da-da-da-da-da-boom.
And da-da-da-da-da-da-boom and, and then they got the scarves out.
It was great. Great, pure Bollywood fun.
Somewhat of a mixture of traditional dances with what's current.
You're like, "Oh, it's funky!"
It's all in the arms, isn't it?
Reaching out and looking and then reaching over,
"Oh, no, it's over there, everyone.
"No, it's over there!"
# ..So come and dance with me Jai ho...! #
What you need to do is this on the dance floor for three minutes
and then put your hand out.
I love Jai Ho.
# ..Never gonna let go... #
At one point you just see this flood of dancers doing exactly the same choreography. It was so good.
It's such a great dance and it's so beautiful to see, like, rows of people doing it.
Basically, any dance move looks amazing when you get loads of people to do it the same way.
It could be anything.
You could just be just... That as a dance move.
You get 100 people to do that it would be an absolute craze.
# ..So come and dance with me... #
The Pussycat Dolls in saris
with a man who has written some of the biggest soundtracks to Bollywood movies in the world,
put them together over a bit of Danny Boyle telling everybody that,
"You know, sometimes it's just about what's inside", and you've got a recipe for greatness.
At number 27, it's Shakira and Wyclef Jean
with their likable pop ditty Hips Don't Lie,
which, if you think about it, is absolutely true.
They don't say very much at all. Good point.
# She make a man wanna speak Spanish... #
Shakira. Like Rihanna, except with talent.
Take it away, Shake-o.
# Oh, baby when you talk like that
# You make a woman go mad
# So be wise and keep on... #
The song just made her show off.
She was basically saying, "Look at me. Belly dance for four minutes.
"Belly dance to the left. I'm going to belly dance to the right.
"I'm going to belly dance with my shoulder. I'm going to belly dance with my boobs.
"I'm going to belly dance with my head." She's a belly dance explosion.
# Oh, baby when you talk like that You make a woman go mad
# So be wise and keep on Reading the signs of my body... #
Shakira's dancing style is hypnotic, it really is.
I mean, even as a choreographer, a dancer,
when I watch her, you just kind of zone right into that belly button
and you go, "How is she doing that?"
It kind of has a life of its own.
# Oh, the attraction The tension
# Don't you see, baby... #
She used to do belly-dancing in the convent that she went to school in
and apparently the nuns were very supportive. Who knew?
Obviously nuns in Colombia are quite different to the nuns that we know.
# Never really knew that she could dance like this... #
Note that Wyclef is adhering to the Golden Rule -
do not attempt the Shakira
unless you are a fully-trained professional.
Her hips go like this.
You think of a snake, right? I will attempt it now.
So it kind of goes up and back down.
That was really bad.
They kind of... I can't do it. They go up like this and back down.
And when your arms are doing all of this sort of stuff, you know,
at the same time in opposition to your hips, it's tough.
# I'm on tonight But my hips don't lie
# And I'm starting to feel you, boy... #
I work at Pineapple Studios
and I remember when Shakira came out with that video,
that belly dancing class that we had in Pineapple,
like, I had 100 students plus. It was...
crazy how many people wanted to move like Shakira.
MIDDLE EASTERN-STYLE MUSIC PLAYS
Belly dancing classes have long been popular with ladies of a certain age.
How erotic is it? Does it drive men wild?
I wouldn't say it drives men wild.
Speaking on behalf of mankind, I have to say I disagree.
Are you turned on?
Come on, that's pretty good.
It's very seductive, very sensuous.
I've attempted it with varying degrees of success.
The main component of doing belly dancing
is forget any concept of personal dignity.
That is the absolute bedrock.
And once you've got beyond that, then it's remarkably simple.
Wise words, Katie. I'm off now to clean the fluff from my belly button.
Now back to a more innocent time
when teenage pop stars could dress provocatively in sexy school uniforms
and invite the listener to physically hit them.
Yes, at number 26 it's Britney Spears
and Hit Me Baby One More Time.
It was a debut video that had American mums up in arms
and American dads pretending to be up in arms while being secretly very pleased indeed.
# Oh, baby, baby
# Oh, baby, baby... #
Britney Spears with Hit Me Baby.
It was... It was every man's dream.
# Oh, baby, baby... #
She came in as this little schoolgirl,
but had this very innocent vibe,
but had her shirt rolled up and had her little short skirt on
and it was like, "Britney, you're not foolin' us."
# You go... #
When you're making a video, you try and take a real-life situation
and then just sort of caricature it a little bit.
And Britney's idea was quite simply that she wanted to be in a school and be thinking of boys.
# My loneliness... #
And then Britney said, "Why don't I dress up in a school girl's outfit?"
And I'm sitting there thinking, "That sounds a bit racy to me," but you know, we went with it.
There's something quite wrong about it, isn't there?
You're watching it going, "No.
"She's dressed as a schoolgirl."
# Hit me baby one more time... #
I loved when Britney first came out. It was just dance, you know.
Ba, boom, she was going for it.
She did, like, double pirouettes in that video.
Well, Britney is all about the imaginary whip, OK?
So she's very...
Flick. She is all about that. All slashy, slashy, slashy.
I didn't say slutty.
The dance was a jazz-inspired dance.
It was just a lot of arms and just what pop became.
Britney was the face of pop at that point.
# ..killing me. And I... #
I think when you hear that song,
you just want to strut around and have a dance.
# Still believe When I'm not with you... #
She owned it, you know?
# Hit me baby one more time. #
It was hot.
# Hit me baby one more time. #
Hit Me Baby One More Time sold over nine million copies worldwide,
propelling Britney to pop superstardom and her devoted fans
eagerly embraced her sexy St Trinian's look.
Britney's fans copied everything about her, from what she wore, how she danced.
I think she created her own cult following.
All the girls used to have the knee-high socks
and a little skirt rolled up and shirt and tie.
You felt really cool cos Britney did it.
# Show me how you want it to be... #
We thought it was wicked.
We all wanted fluffy pens and over-knee socks.
We used to have talent shows at school and a lot of people would
enter as Britney and know all the dance moves.
We'd go along every lunchtime, pay our 50p and hope for the best!
# Give me a sign Hit me baby one more time. #
Since this routine, Britney's glittering career has pirouetted out
of control several times, but with each comeback
she demonstrates why she's still queen of the dance floor.
# Hit me baby one more time. #
Hello again. We're now exactly halfway through our rundown of the best ever dance crazes,
and I'm Robert Webb dressed as Adam Ant dressed as Prince Charming.
Confused? Then wait until I do this.
Don't worry. I'm not off my nut on Meow Meow,
I'm performing one of the most popular dances of the early 1980s.
If you were a coal miner, the '80s were at best so-so,
but if you were a fan of dressing up like a dandy,
it really was the decade to be alive.
Stand and deliver!
I loved Adam Ant. I loved the way he made his face up
and his movements, and I loved him because he was individual.
# I'm the dandy highwayman you're too scared to mention... #
I have a confession to make - I was absolutely obsessed with Adam Ant,
and I desperately, desperately wanted to be him.
Absolutely adore the look. I think that was an era to be proud of.
# Stand and deliver
# Your money or your life. #
He was making his songs
into a fabulous piece of theatre.
He understood something essential which is, "I'm here to entertain you."
But it was Adam's magical transformation from punk pretender
to the Prince of Panto Pop that cemented his place in our top 50.
# Don't you ever
# Don't you ever... #
Prince Charming was just a sort of dance craze that I tried to start,
by dressing up and looking a bit wild.
# Don't you ever don't you ever... #
There's been so many great dance crazes,
but being a child of the '80s,
I've got to say my favourite is Adam Ant, Prince Charming.
The dance is made up of four key simple moves,
and each move represents Adam.
So this move represents courage.
The second move was about pride.
The third move is humour. And the final message is flair.
Which Adam had tonnes of.
Prince Charming, hey! Prince Charming, hey!
1, 2, 3, 4...
We had probably about 40 or 50 dancers, a huge set,
it looked like we were walking into a Hollywood movie set,
it was fantastic, and we had the wonderful, most beautiful Diana Dors.
1, 2, 3, 4.
The dance was a little bit tricky, and if you watch the video closely,
I wouldn't say she exactly gets the moves, but we decided in the spirit of things that that would be OK.
There was a whole feeling, a whole era, a whole time where I don't think that could ever happen again.
It's just very, very special.
# Don't you ever lower yourself... #
And our next dance comes from eccentric New Yorker, Lady Gaga.
In tribute to her infamous meat dress, I've wrapped my hand in some rashers of streaky bacon. See?
It's what I call my pork glove, and very comfortable it is, too.
I'm also wearing chicken underpants, but probably best not show you them now. Here's Gaga.
# Caught in a bad romance... #
Oh my God, I'm a huge fan of Lady Gaga.
I'm a huge Lady Gaga fan.
-# Caught in a bad romance... #
if you do it, do it big and make a spectacle of it.
She don't care.
She's doing what she wants to do and I'm so into that.
# I want your loving I want your revenge
# You and me could write a bad romance... #
I just love the choreography. And it's now.
It's sort of taking Madonna and twisting it all around.
Gaga has this little claw thing and she calls people monsters,
and I went to the concert
and everyone's literally doing this claw.
When I came up with the claw in Bad Romance
it was because she played the record for me,
and it felt painful
and the first thing my hand did was tense up,
because when you want to love somebody and you can't have them, it feels like that.
-# I want your lovin'... #
"Ooh, ra, la-la-la," what's happening to me?
Then I was obsessed with the twist and Chubby Checker,
so I then I did everything.
She's not the best dancer, but she has
a very specific way of moving,
so a choreographer captures those awkward moments and makes them into dance sequences.
She wasn't a dancer, but she, like millions of young girls, took dance class.
You know, you learn a few things very early, a pas de bourree, a kick-ball-change, a hitchy koo.
So I put these classic dance steps in her choreography
and I said, "Well, I know that I'll make you a dancer."
# Can't read my, can't read my, no, he can't read my poker face... #
With Poker Face, it was about the club and the house, and there was just something
that came to me when I was like, "My-my-my poker face," you know.
# P-p-p-poker face... #
She does this sort of stuff a lot, doesn't she?
A bit of that.
It's pretty owlish and cool, isn't it?
And if in doubt, just take some more clothes off.
It works for me.
# Can't read my, can't ready my... #
It's just like mad things, they're actually simple, but great fun,
exuberant, camp, out there, in-your-face dance routines.
# RedOne... #
Lady Gaga's look is as famous as her music, and her piece de resistance was her scandalous meat dress.
# I've had a little bit too much... #
I think she has amazing fashion sense, and I love that it's so crazy
and so different that it really makes you stop and think.
Whether Gaga is living art or just a frustrated butcher,
she's inspired fans around the world to copy her style and moves.
It's just a shame she stinks of carrion.
Everyone wants to be Gaga, don't they?
And they all want to be able to dance like Gaga.
You look on the internet and there's so many sites, "We'll teach you the Gaga steps."
It has been a phenomenon. I mean, when I saw
a seven-year-old do the Bad Romance dance, absolutely was I affected.
I'm like, "my choreography is being done all around the world."
That just inspired me to know how powerful we are as choreographers.
# Just, ju-ju-just dance. #
Often, the best dances have the instructions built into the lyrics.
One thinks of Whip My Hair, by Willow Smith, and Sit Down, by James.
Our next track is much the same.
At number 23 we have DJ Casper and his Cha-cha Slide.
Clap, clap-clap, clap your hands.
All right now, we're going to do the basic step.
To the left. Take it back now, y'all.
One hop this time...
So you go, slide to the right, slide to the left.
One hop this time.
Two hops this time.
And this, cha-cha.
To the left.
Take it back now, y'all.
It's just slide to the right, it's just really basic moves.
One hop this time.
Two hops this time. Now cha-cha. I don't even know it that great,
but I know if you put that on in a club
now tonight, I would be able to do it, because it says it.
To the left. Take it back now, y'all.
Let's go to work.
Let's go to work. Let's go to work.
-But it depends where you work.
Most people that go to work aren't happy.
It's like, slide to the left.
I'm happy. Slide to the right.
-Let's to go to work.
Oh, so boring.
I'm outta here, y'all. Peace.
We're going to dance and have some fun.
The 1980s were a time of division and strife.
Geoffrey Howe's 1981 austerity budget led to mass unemployment
and the destruction of Britain's manufacturing sector.
To counterbalance this, Black Lace released a single that had everyone in Britain doing this.
So the '80s basically evened out, then.
After a hard day's work, here I am at the Batley Frontier Club, and
we're going to ask a few people now why they've come to see Black Lace.
-Just pure, simple fun, good, clean fun.
-The party atmosphere, yes.
-What's your favourite song of theirs?
-Can you sing a bit more for us, perhaps?
-I only know the title of it, I don't know the rest of it.
# Ag-a-doo-doo-doo, push pineapple, shake the tree... #
pretty much the song that, if you are 30 or thereabouts,
defined every childhood party you ever went to.
Doo-doo, push pineapple...
Shake the tree...
Push pineapple, grind coffee...
To the left, to the right...
Jump up and down and to the knees...
Come and dance every night to the hula melodies.
# Hula melodies... #
Aga-doo-doo-doo was another don't, don't, don't for me, darling.
# I met a hula mistress somewhere in Waikiki.
# She was selling pineapple playing ukulele... #
Black Lace were two blokes from deepest Yorkshire, and Agadoo was their biggest UK hit.
But the cheesy chart-meisters have always divided opinion.
I mean, as a dancer, you know, any...
Well, hold on. I was going to say I embrace anything that gets people on the floor, but there is a limit.
Black Lace had mullet haircuts, they were a bit naff, they were like
DJs you would find in a Warrington disco club.
It's easy to mock, really very easy in this case, but these lads have paid their showbiz dues.
You know, they'd done the camps, they'd done the resorts, they knew their audience.
The wrinkles on those men's faces are not merely a sign of age, they're battle scars.
They know, when they walk into that room full of nanas and babies,
that somebody's got to get this party started.
# Agadoo-doo-doo, push pineapple, shake the tree... #
Agadoo has been voted the worst song of all time, but it sold
over a million copies worldwide, helped by the easy to perform dance.
But where exactly did the moves come from?
Agadoo the song actually
is French, it originates from France.
But the dance moves originate from a Derby nightclub.
The rumour is, Black Lace turned up to perform, and the bar staff
had come out with some kind of dance, and then it took off from there.
So, if you want to blame anybody for Agadoo, blame the French and Derby.
Consider it done, my friend.
First, when there's nothing but a slow-glowing dream,
that your fear seems to hide, deep inside your mind.
All alone I've cried silent tears full of pride
in a world made of steel, made of stone.
Or, to put it another way...
# What a feeling
# Being's believing... #
My God, I was good.
# I can have it all, now I'm dancing for my life... #
I think Robert Webb doing Flashdance for Comic Relief
is one of the funniest moments on British television.
-It was incredible, because it was almost like, is he being serious?
-'Yes, I was, actually.'
I was initially watching it from a distance, I thought, "Phwoah, ooh, who's that?"
-'Calm down, I'm a married man.'
-Robert's performance was outrageously funny.
I mean, the guy came out and played the part
and completely took command of the dance floor.
Took command? I owned that dance floor, baby!
He is pretty scary, and a pretty scarily good looking woman.
-Legs, great legs.
-Thank you, Melanie.
# What a feeling. #
At 21, and let's not kid ourselves that it would even be in the top 50 if it weren't for my performance,
for which they didn't even give me so much as a Bafta,
it's Flashdance by Irene Cara.
# Well, I hear the music
# Close my eyes, feel the rhythm...
It was about a young girl who aspires to be
a legitimate dancer, and she right now is a welder
during the day, and at night she does this incredible,
music video-type dancing.
It was based
on some girls in Pittsburgh who were
working in strip clubs, or whatever, but they were trying to do something that represented themselves.
It was called flashdancing.
Wow, I'm such a huge fan of Flashdance,
especially the scene where she pulls the chain
and all the water goes over her.
And the water, pow.
That was my favourite.
I would have kicked myself round a steelworks if I could look like that in the end.
I think it was a movie that was just one great music video.
The film made everyone want to dance, and even people who had
never been near a dance studio wore leg warmers and Lycra.
Everyone knows the Flashdance look, with the cut-off shoulder and the leg warmers, the whole '80s feel.
# She's a maniac maniac on the floor... #
It was very, very Pineapple, what with the off the shoulder sweat
and the high-cut knickers and the crop in cotton Lycra.
To fulfil her dream, Alex needed a scholarship to the dance academy,
and we were all rooting for her on the day of the big audition.
When that music kicks in and she's doing that audition,
I could be 100 and I'd be dancing,
because it's the adrenalin, "You will do it, do it, do it, do it."
# First, when there's nothing... #
That scene, where she's just like living What A Feeling is just what dance is about in that era.
# In a world made of steel... #
I think people were caught up in the idea of somebody
wanting something enough and having their dream come true.
# What a feeling!
# Being's believing! #
She goes along the panel pointing you, you, you, and the kicks, everything.
Take your passion, make it happen.
It speaks to people's motivation, their faith in themselves.
Those are themes that are very human, very universal.
She's doing all these leaps and somersaults.
She turns on her back,
which is a very hardcore, hip hop move, then it was like, "Whoa."
Now, we don't want to break the spell but we do feel obliged
to point out that I'm not the only bloke to have danced that audition scene.
Is it an urban myth, that it was really a man that all the acrobatics and stuff?
I've watched that over and over again, and it's definitely not her doing that backspin!
Being asked to wear a leotard, tights and a wig
and being asked to shave my legs and my under arms...
I wasn't groomed to be an actor or anything like that,
where they would be like, "Oh, yeah, cool, all right, so you need me to shave my legs?
"I'll shave my ass, too, just in case."
I was like, "Yeah, you'd better give me some money for this."
Note to viewers - I didn't shave my ass when I did Flashdance.
If you like a man whose surname is a number, you'll love our next entry.
It's Hey Ya!, sung by Outkast's Andre 3000.
I'm actually toying with the idea of changing my name from Robert Webb to Bobby Millions.
I won't really do it, of course. It just sounds ace when I'm chatting up women on the street.
Anyway, the great thing about this video
is that Mr 3000 plays the roles of all the band members himself.
It had to be filmed in one day, too, so the less energetic the dance, the later it was in the shoot.
And unusually for something coming out of my mouth, that's actually true. Here is your number 20.
Oh, guys, get some vitamin C.
# Hey, ya, hey ya... #
The Outkast dance was that.
# Hey, ya... #
It's pretty much that, isn't it?
# Doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo, doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo
# Shake it, shake it, shake it, shake it, shake it...
Shake it like a Polaroid picture. I can only guess that it means shake your booty like a Polaroid picture.
# ..like a Polaroid picture... #
Shake it, shake it, shake, shake it... At one moment there's a slow motion.
I fell in love with that girl when that music video came out.
God, she's so hot.
Polaroid used the popularity of this song to try and revive sales of their cameras.
However, shaking a Polaroid
doesn't actually help to develop the picture, as the image is behind a protective film.
Indeed, vigorous shaking risks distorting the image and can actually cause the ink to separate.
I'm so sorry, that was incredibly boring, wasn't it?
And everyone did this to make them develop quicker, didn't they?
I don't know why. Photographers used to do this.
It was the heat I think that did it. But everyone used to shake them.
-I never had any Polaroid pictures of me.
-It's digital now, really. It's been pretty much modernised.
-That's a good point, actually.
-It's completely redundant.
-Get over it, Outkast.
At number 19 on our list of pop's greatest dance crazes
we have the 1989 dance floor sensation the Lambada.
It's a sensual piece of music
that evokes romantic evenings by the beach,
eyes meeting over cocktails and a moustachioed busker in a sombrero going "Ayayayayeee!"
as he plays a guitar two feet from your table,
his phlegm drenching your deep fried calamari. Idiot.
We've brought in an expert to teach us the steps,
but first here's a reminder of the video that started the craze.
# Chorando se foi quem um dia so me fez chorar. #
The video featured two Brazilian kids, Chico and Roberta.
I was about the same age as the little boy.
My mum used to say, "Bradley, that looks like you."
But the girl that he dances with, my gosh I used to fancy her so bad.
This sort of slightly uncomfortable Lolita-ish girl
and her tiny dance partner sort of,
you never, wiggling around like doing this really quite full-on dance.
I'd feel uncomfortable if that came on telly when my parents were in the room.
Embarrassing, maybe, but that's what the Lambada was designed to do - to make us get up close and personal.
You need the energy of your partner that's holding your hand and he's like pulling you, hips, hips, hips.
The intimacy of the Lambada is quite aggressive for the Brits, because
everyone is a little bit more reserved here.
And of course, we know it's a Brazilian carnival type-dance.
-You need a partner. "Where is my partner? Partner?"
-I think the Latino culture is really fiery.
There's no gap between the partner. It's really important to have that physical contact and eye contact.
You do it together and it's
almost like having a lot more fun than just dancing.
A lot of women just like wanted to put on a mini skirt and twirl and maybe show their panties,
-a glimpse of their panties.
-I couldn't cope with it.
It was so beyond my experience of life, I didn't know what to do.
It was a very, very naughty, sexy dance.
That's what dancing is meant to be.
It's meant to be sexy and skilful and poised.
I agree, Rufus, but unfortunately not everyone is quite as skilful and sexy as Lorraine Kelly.
One, two, three, four.
Right, next up it's YMCA by the Village People. Not really!
It is of course the Bangles with their lie about how Egyptians walk.
But first, a Bangles fact - when they were recording the song Eternal Flame,
producer Davitt Sigerson convinced them to sing naked.
There's only one thing I have to say about that.
If you've got a great song with a title like Walk Like An Egyptian,
what do you reckon you're going to do?
# All the old paintings on the tomb they do the sun dance don't you know... #
How did people move to Walk Like An Egyptian?
Everybody knows it's like that.
It did it for you, didn't it?
Easy. A bit of this.
Thing is, we had an Egyptian kid in our school and we used to just walk past him all the time going...
He had a terrible time.
# Walk like an Egyptian... #
The Bangles were a trailblazing, all-girl power pop combo from LA
who hit number three with this track in 1986.
But the moves weren't exactly groundbreaking.
The Egyptian dance was a dance that had been done like years ago, and then they brought it back.
The sand dances were performed in the music halls by very, very thin men in nappies.
The joke basically was, "Look at this very, very thin man skidding around on some sand."
You just wouldn't make a song now picking a country and saying, "They all look like that!"
You just wouldn't nowadays.
But, oh, back in the '80s you didn't think of such things.
Even the writer of the song admits the inspiration -
and he wasn't in Arabia and saw people doing that, it wasn't some documentary he saw people
doing that - the inspiration is when he saw people struggling on a ferry.
He saw people struggling to stand up on a ferry, doing that. "Oh, that looks Egyptian."
I think Walk Like People Struggling On A Ferry probably hasn't got the ring to it.
But I think what the Bangles fundamentally misunderstood
was that the pictorial hieroglyphic representation of Egyptian history was just that.
I'm not an Egyptologist,
but I don't think the Egyptians were walking around like that
and therefore I think the Bangles have done history a great disservice.
# Walk like an Egyptian. #
Hello there. I'm just rowing a small boat across a lake.
Hang on a minute, no I'm not. I'm actually sat on a dancefloor with a piece of broken glass in my bottom.
Which can only mean one thing - I'm hammered and the DJ's put on Oops Upside Your Head.
I could have stopped doing this ages ago, couldn't I?
# Oops upside your head
# Say oops upside your head
Oops Upside Your Head is a song played exclusively at family get-togethers.
It's basically a group sat up on the dance floor as if they were in canoes, a pint of lager either side.
It's the ultimate inclusive dance craze.
Assuming all the kids in your family drink lager.
In the '80s, Oops Upside Your Head used to come on all the time.
We used to sit on the floor and bash the floor.
Say Oops upside your head. And more.
Oops upside your head
Say oops upside your head.
It's basically line dancing for lazy people.
You can sit down and not worry about a thing.
It's a classic and it's one that gets everyone going.
-This is the biggest dance record at the moment. What do you do to this?
-A sort of rowing motion.
-Sort of like at Henley.
-# Don't believe that I wanna dance... #
-The first time we went
to perform the song scared me half to death.
Everybody started sitting down. I was freaking out! I was like, "Come on, everybody come on, oops, up..."
And they was all getting on the floor and I was like, "What's going on?"
I turned around to my brothers and I was like, "This don't look good."
Then I turned back around and everybody was rowing and I was like, "Whoa, what's this?"
After I figured out they was doing a dance I was like a happy camper.
The origins of the dance are shrouded in mystery,
but it seems like it was us Brits who first came up with the moves.
Pat the floor, slight double pat, oops upside your head, with a shimmy to the front.
Once you get the hang of it, it's actually quite easy.
And then someone is normally sick down the back of your shoulder.
# Oops upside your head... #
I said, "So what's this called?" And he was like, "The Row Dance," and I was like, "The Row Dance?
OK!" And I was like, "Everybody row, come on."
There's something strange about seeing people sitting on a dancefloor.
It kind of, is it a dance or is it a protest?
I don't know where it came from. It was a UK thing only.
They didn't do it in the States. I thought it was the coolest thing.
Do they still do it? They still do it.
That's all right.
We've all watched the X Factor and marvelled at Dannii Minogue's ability to make either positive,
negative or neutral remarks about a contestant's performance.
But how many of us realise that Dannii has a sister?
Well, she does, and her name is Kylie.
Interestingly, both Minogue sisters are so diddy that they sometimes save money on travel costs
by taking a sleeping pill, jumping into a Jiffy bag and being posted to their destination.
# Everybody's doing a brand new dance now
# Come on, baby do the locomotion... #
Back in 1988, Kylie had a number two hit with The Locomotion, a cover of Little Eva's song
with a cute little dance that had us all pratting about with a chugga chugga motion.
But in 2001 Kylie got us grooving in a whole new and frankly much cooler style.
# ..do the locomotion with me... #
# La la la... #
Can't Get You Out Of My Head was a great dance track and a really iconic video.
I remember the white all-in-one with the hood and the robotic dance moves.
That was really cleverly choreographed, actually. It was simple but it was really effective.
# I just can't get you out of my head
# Boy, your lovin' is all I think about... #
Can't Get You Out Of My Head - choreographically, performance wise,
stylistic, clothing wise, it absolutely was a turning point for her.
Globally and internationally, she felt like a superstar.
# Every day... #
Loved that, that white suit Kylie wears in that video is so hot.
I love it. It's great. With a body like that, I mean phew.
# Won't you stay? #
Kylie asked me to come
into her dressing room and she showed me the dress
that she was going to be dancing in,
and... I said, "Where's the dress?"
The outfit she was wearing was completely covering her hair,
She wore that and just looked like a goddess.
Anything could pop out at any sort of time and she was just this swirling sort of sexy ghost.
What looks so scrummy on Miss Minogue was foolishly copied by clubbers.
But out in the real world, it just never seemed to look as good.
Especially on men. I only wore mine once before donating it to Dr Barnardo's,
unwashed and with one particularly unsightly stain.
There would have been a lot of toupee tape going on there
for those quick turns, just to, just so it doesn't come out.
There was some double stick tape going on. They were going to get the staple gun out,
but they just decided to go with the double stick.
Some of the iconic moves from the Can't Get You Out Of My Head video for Kylie Minogue - I had a pivot
where I had her step forward, sliding your feet against the floor.
And locking, these are called quarter pivots, slide, quarter, pivot.
Hands are kind of here, bent, really kind of cool.
Have the head kind of go with it, grooving and moving.
You've got a great tune there that allowed the choreographer to go, "Well, this is easy.
"Can't get you out of my head, hands on my head."
That's it, you know, and just animate that.
# La la la, la la la la la... #
Kylie doesn't even know this, but when I was making up the steps for her video
she put me up in a beautiful hotel and I had three feet from the bed to the wall and I literally
had to make up all the dance steps so I was doing everything like this
and keeping everything parallel, and all the dance moves that I did had to be in a three foot confined space.
Someone like her doesn't have to move much to make people catch on
to it because you're just kind of like hypnotically into it.
Everyone, when it came on, everyone was like going like they're a little bit demented.
That is the beauty of great choreography,
that every single person can pick it up and they can do it on a dancefloor
and feel like they're a star themselves.
# And ever... #
Kylie called me one day and she's like,
"Oh my God, Michael, everybody's doing these dance steps in the clubs in London!"
And I was, like, so thrilled because any time a dance move catches on and becomes iconic,
it's just amazing.
If there's one thing you can always say about the British public, it's that they know their music.
That's why in 1998 they bought over 1.5 million copies of a single by Steps.
But then again, Tragedy was originally a Bee Gees song but H and the rest of the guys
really made it their own by coming up with these nifty little moves.
Maestro, if you please.
-# Tragedy... #
-When the feeling's gone and you can't go on, it's tragedy!
-When you know...
# With no-one to love you You're going nowhere
# When the feeling's gone and you can't go on, it's tragedy... #
You can't not remember...Tragedy.
As soon as you hear Tragedy, I mean, even I can't help it.
If you played it now, I'd have to sit on my hands.
My hands automatically go up to my face.
Tragedy. Arms out.
And the head.
That's one of my favourites! They didn't even care.
They weren't cool, but it didn't matter
and I still do the routine to Tragedy.
Tragedy. One, da, da, da. Tragedy.
Under the command of pop Svengali Pete Waterman Steps conquered the UK charts,
peddling their own brand of catchy pop songs and disco covers
accompanied by equally infectious dance routines.
Even Prince Charles was infected, joining their legion when they performed at Hyde Park.
I was worried that he would think that we were taking the mickey of his ears,
but of course, we were doing the Tragedy dance.
You know your dance craze has caught on when the future King knows the moves,
but actually, most people get the famous hand gesture wrong.
Our second single, Last Thing On My mind, had a similar dance routine to Tragedy.
We had a move like this and we called it "washing our hair".
And so some people do confuse that with that and you get a bit of a mix, but, you know, it's all good.
I just remember doing that.
# Take a chance on a happy ending... #
With a string of 14 - yes, 14 consecutive top-5 singles,
Steps were based on a simple gimmick but boy, did it catch on.
We learned early on that everybody enjoyed
the dance routine as much as the song and it really went hand in hand for us and it became our signature.
The dancing was definitely as important as the music.
They were acting out what they were singing and that made it so easy for everyone to copy it.
# Stop our heart from mending... #
We decided it would be a good idea to actually have the dance moves
in the sleeves of our singles, so that the fans could join in.
We wanted the steps and that's what their name was and that's what they showed us - steps.
If they were called Acapella Harmonies, it'd be a different story,
but they were called Steps, they delivered steps. That's why we like them.
Regardless of your level of dance, the routines were simple,
everybody at home could join in and that's what we wanted.
I mean, they were no Beyonce.
Do you know what I mean? They were no Jackson Five.
I think they knew that, the public knew that.
But what they were, when they were, was great.
# Best forgotten! #
# Oh, ho, ho, ho... #
# Oh, ho, ho, ho... Oh, ho, ho, ho... #
-# Everybody was kung fu fighting... #
At number 14, it's 1974 and we're back in the era of Bruce Lee,
Hong Kong Phooey and, as Carl said, everybody was kung fu fighting.
We looked around the youth clubs and there was these classes of people
with white suits, different coloured belts, grabbing at each other.
This is from our kung fu range.
I get quite carried away when I...
I think he really grabbed the Zeitgeist by the proverbials.
You ask anybody, basically over 30 and they were always into some kind of martial art.
I don't think there were really any set moves to this.
I think it's just doing bad karate.
It's that, you've had one karate class at school
and you think that allows you, whilst drunk, to be able to do high kicks in the disco.
It's not advisable to introduce violent moves to a crowded nightclub and the Kung Fu Fighting dance
got a reputation for causing damage on the dance floor.
We were told not to show the violent part of this thing.
So, it turned into a little bit of comedy, a little bit of fun,
using the dance but still using all the movements.
If there was ever a dance to knock drinks over, this was it. People lashing out.
Never, ever do this dance in a place with waitress service,
because those trays are going to be flying, with expert timing.
It really will be a little bit frightening.
-# Oh, ho, ho, ho... #
-The song may have sold in vast quantities,
but didn't become truly culturally significant
until the Mitchell brothers gave us their version, in the now legendary spin-off show, Far Eastenders.
# Everybody was kung fu fighting... #
I definitely enjoyed Kung Fu Fighting and the dance moves, which was,
quite cool and sway, so I was just...
and then it gives you the opportunity to do that in people's face.
# Kung fu.... #
If I was drunk, maybe I'd put a couple of kicks in there.
Although it was a novelty song, it's actually a good enough track to stand the test of time.
It's been said that it's been number one in every musical territory on the planet.
And even today, it's still being played.
I'm very, very proud.
Carl has every right to feel proud, unlike those two numpties.
# Don't blame it on sunshine
# Don't blame it on the moonlight... #
At number 13, it's Blame It On The Boogie.
But it's not the Jacksons' version that most of us know and love,
because they didn't make up the dance.
Incidentally, they didn't even write the song.
That was a fella called Mick Jackson from Sheffield, but there's no time
to dwell on that now because... Actually, there is time to dwell on that but I just don't want to.
-Instead, let's learn about the dance.
-# Blame it on the boogie... #
People ask me, "Who are Big Fun?"
And I say, "Sunshine, moonlight, good times."
"Oh, yes, I remember Big Fun now."
# Don't blame it on the sunshine
# Don't blame it on the moonlight... #
-Yeah, we were the guys that did that dance routine!
-# Don't blame it on the sunshine... #
We were the first all-dancing boy band, prior to Boyzone, Take That, we were on Top Of The Pops.
We were on front covers of magazines.
Everyone was just like, screaming and doing the routine.
We got the most amazing response everywhere we went.
Big Fun. What a great name, because they were literally having big fun,
as they shot to fame in the early '90s.
They were produced by Stock, Aitken and Waterman, but the band had creative input, oh yes.
The boys made up their groovy little dance in the kitchen of their north London flat.
We came up with the idea of doing something simple.
With every main word for the chorus, we just tried to do something that would relate to it.
Don't blame it on the sunshine.
Moonlight, don't know where that came from.
Then there's the good times, a kind of sexual thing, that's a bit rude.
We'd have called it at school, a sort of sex-skiing kind of move.
As a kid, I didn't really approve of that.
# Don't blame it on the sunshine
# Don't blame it on the moonlight
# Don't blame it on the good times... # Blokes loving this.
Once you get a bit of a pelvic thrust in there, can't go wrong.
I hate all that sort of stuff, where the choreography is speaking the words.
I mean, it's great for two or three-year-olds, but please, don't bring it into pop.
The other two guys, Jason and Mark are like, "No, we can't do that."
I said, "Just trust me, I think it'll really work".
And it did. The response was incredible.
Everyone was doing the dance routine.
I don't think people boogie enough.
They blame the boogie too much.
They never specify what the crime is, do they?
They just give you advice on who you should blame it on.
Accompanied by illustrative dance!
# I just can't, I just can't I just can't control my feet... #
# I just can't, I just can't... #
# I just can't control my feet... #
# I just can't, I just can't I just can't control my feet... #
Big Fun had it all, the looks, the bum bags and a few catchy songs,
but in 1995, their name stopped being literal and became ironic
as they were dumped by their record label.
Big Fun mania was over as quick as you could say, Take That.
# Body movin', body movin' Body movin', we be body movin'. #
So far so good, but I hear you ask,
"what will be the craziest of all the dance crazes?"
Join us next time to find out. See you soon.
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Robert Webb hosts a top 50 countdown of the hippest, sexiest, quirkiest and campest dance crazes of the last 40 years.
Relive guiltiest pleasures, celebrate fast-footed heroes and scorn those annoying ones you thought were forgotten in a fun-filled romp through the archives.
Dance master Webb takes viewers by the hand and leads them to the dance floor to find out what the biggest and best dance crazes of all time are. What turns a simple bit of choreography into a worldwide phenomenon? What do Single Ladies, Thriller, Vogue, Oops Upside Your Head and the Macarena have that the Birdie Song and the Ketchup Song do not?
Featuring interviews with Melanie C, Louie Spence, Rufus Hound, Bradley Macintosh, Katy Brand, Craig Revel Horwood, Richard O'Brien, MC Hammer, Carl Douglas, the Village People, Jarvis Cocker, Suggs, Andrew Stone, Shappi Khorsandi, Lisa Scott Lee and Whigfield.
They get under the skin of where the moves originated, how they became a sensation, and - crucially for all dance-floor show-offs - how to recreate them.