S Club 7 and Eric Prydz Pop's Greatest Dance Crazes


S Club 7 and Eric Prydz

Robert Webb looks at S Club 7's routines with former member Bradley McIntosh, plus master the pelvic thrust for Eric Prydz's Call On Me, and breakdancing dance-offs.


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Hello, I'm TV's Robert Webb and we're here to catch up with some of pop's greatest dance crazes.

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Now, I've been watching your attempts at dancing,

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and I must say

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they are complete rubbish!

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What are they?

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ALL: Complete rubbish.

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We were playing ourselves and the TV show was about

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us trying to make it, trying to be successful.

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I beg your pardon, sonny!

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It was one of the biggest kids TV shows at the time.

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# Don't stop, never give up... #

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You'd wake up in the morning and you'd watch S Club

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and they would always dance and they would always entertain you.

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You'd watch and have your favourite one and want to copy their style.

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Everybody wanted to know the moves.

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Like, if you were at a youth club

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and you didn't know the moves to an S Club tune, who are you?!

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Dance routines are important because we don't have instruments to play,

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so you kind of need something else, and we had some really fun and easy-to-pick-up dance routines.

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# So don't stop tryin'

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# Don't stop, never give up

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Hold your head high and reach the top... #

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Those moves weren't that hard. Anyone could do it, the iconic S, anyone could do it.

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But they did it in slow motion so I had to slow it down

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to do it with them.

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# Reach for the stars... #

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Reach for the stars, oh yeah! Climb every mountain, yep.

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Reach for the stars, duh-duh-duh.

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And everybody remembers this part.

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Reach.

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Reach for the... That was...

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I used to do it in the playground with all the bigger girls.

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I mean, I got bullied any way, so it didn't help.

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But, um...

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Dinner ladies love me.

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But even an S club party has to come to an end at some point.

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And when they're management brought out the S Club Juniors,

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the band must have known their time was up.

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# DJ got the party started There's no end in sight... #

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I auditioned for S Club Juniors.

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They were holding auditions everywhere, and were like, "If you want to be in S Club Juniors,

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"come on down, and you have to make a dance routine",

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and me and my friends would all practise in the school yards.

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When we got there, it didn't quite go to plan.

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There was a lot of crying involved.

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Dark place. Very dark place.

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The original concept of S Club was to leave at 21, kind of like a scouts movie.

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# Don't stop movin' Can you feel the music...? #

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The Juniors came along, and they were really good.

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-Two of them are still doing well. They're in The Saturdays.

-Yes, there's a young Rochelle.

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-Ooh, there's Frankie!

-If it wasn't for the Juniors,

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you probably wouldn't have two sexy girls that are in The Saturdays right now.

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# Don't stop moving to the S Club beat... #

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# Let's get physical... #

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At number 37 on our countdown of pop's greatest dance crazes,

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it's a routine that took us back to the 1980s, with big hair, tiny leotards, and woeful music.

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It's Call On Me by Eric Prydz.

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As well as being a great way to keep in shape,

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it's also a lot of perfectly harmless, well meaning fun.

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I find it's best enjoyed with the sound on mute so that you can hear the key in the front door.

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The video Call On Me is trying to recreate a scene

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from the film Perfect.

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It's a pretty hot scene.

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And Jamie Lee Curtis is instructing, you know, an aerobics class

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and John Travolta's in there getting pretty sweaty and watching her

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and it wasn't until I got on set and they handed me my outfit,

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and it was literally a leotard, and I was like, "Is there anything else to go with it?"

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and they said, "Oh, yeah, here's some leg warmers and a sweatband", and I'm like, "Brilliant".

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They've got the neon colours on,

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they've got the leg warmers on the go, they've got the really high-cut leotards.

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There was some serious waxing in that video. Those leotards were verging on indecent, I would say.

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No, I'd say decent.

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I love that video. I think most guys do love that video.

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That's what we want to see.

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Come on, they weren't wearing clothes. That's great!

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That's how I normally work out in the gym.

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Like that. Just do that.

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Just... Yeah...

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That looks disgusting.

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Well, I think the move that stands out the most in Call On Me

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is obviously the pelvic thrust,

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so what you need to do for that

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is take your legs very wide, get down really low, and then

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just pelvic thrust.

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There's what I like to call the peeing dog which is this one.

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Where we do lots of leg raises up here.

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This one here which actually is very good for the butt.

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Squeezing in.

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I don't remember the dance routine so much as the bottom of the woman doing the dance routine.

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If you want someone to look at your dance routine, then don't wear a G-string leotard.

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Technically, Call On Me didn't spawn a dance craze

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which is why I demanded it be disqualified,

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but millions of men admired the...choreography online,

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and Tony Blair said it made him fall off his rowing machine,

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so I allowed it to be reinstated.

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# Call on me... #

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That bloke has clearly discovered the best gym in the world

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and he's not letting on to his mates. He can't believe his luck.

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He gets his little running shorts on every week, gets in there, and he's like, they're still all here.

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He enjoyed it, that's for sure, and I think there was a lot of men out there that were quite envious.

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I'm surprised he didn't have to wear sturdier shorts in the situation he was in.

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I think it made a lot of 14-year-old boys extremely happy.

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I was 15. I had a tape and I recorded it on it.

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So my mum wouldn't know, I put the Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air on it.

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-Oh, dear, Jack.

-Oh!

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Gently, gently!

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Slow. Slow... OK, right.

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Hi, guys. As you can see, I've been skateboarding my whole life,

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and so it'll come as no surprise to you

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that I'm actually an expert in the next dance craze, break dancing.

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I'd perform a bit for you now, but it'd probably blow your minds so the BBC has asked me not to.

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Here's our number 36,

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Jason Nevins vs Run DMC, It's Like That.

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# And it goes a little something like this... #

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I've always wanted to be able to break dance

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because I grew up in the '80s, and there was loads of kids with lino,

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and you know, going out with the ghetto-blasters and everything.

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Run DMC, that video was so cool.

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Like, everyone in it was amazing at breaking and dancing.

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-They were like...

-Up in your face.

-Up in your face.

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When that song came out, it was like, whoa, there's some serious moves

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that we are not knowing about that we need to know about.

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In 1998, New York DJ Jason Nevins remixed this vintage Run DMC tune.

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It's Like That was huge, number one in over 30 countries with almost 5 million copies sold.

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The video showed B-boys battling B-girls and introduced a new generation to the dance-off.

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And classic '80s breaking moves.

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A break dance battle was all about two crews battling each other

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with moves to see

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who's got supremacy with style and moves,

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so you've got different aspects.

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You've got power which is like the head spins, the mills,

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the flares and all that kind of stuff.

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You've got style, which is more the top rocking.

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And you've got footwork itself. So it's cool and the gang.

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When they're battling, a lot of is freestyle,

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so it's all off the top of your head.

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Just going with the song,

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so everything you're doing is just like...

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# ..Street soldiers killing... #

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OK, players, we're going to take it down and do some B-boys styles. Let's go.

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# It's like that, and that's the way it is. #

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That's my boy.

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# ..Eating out of a garbage can... #

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For me, it was all about that dude with the crazy curly hair.

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It was just such a weird style, you know, his top rocking was just shaking his head.

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-There was someone in it that looked like me.

-Was there?

-Had hair like me.

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He did have my hair.

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-I think I told people I was in that video as a laugh.

-How would that have even worked?!

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Break dancing is perhaps the least accessible dance craze on this countdown.

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Only people like me with real skills can pull off these moves,

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but there are many who have tried and bear the scars to this day.

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When Run DMC comes on, I think a lot of men think

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they can break dance and they will give it a go.

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We've had people try to do the caterpillar and open their chin up

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so there's just claret, you know, everywhere.

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It's hilarious because when that song comes on, a circle immediately develops, and nobody knows why.

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It's just a thing that happens.

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And for the first two minutes as well, no one get in the middle.

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-Everyone's like, "You go.

-You do it.

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-"You go.

-You do it."

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You'll get like five, six drunken men that can't break dance.

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Like, I used to just do a roly-poly.

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But as soon as you did the roly-poly, as long as you looked confident,

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like, "I did a roly-poly" and I'd go...

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And people would cheer.

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# Run DMC and Jam Master Jay. #

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When pop stars are children, they dream of making music for grown-ups

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but when pop stars are grown-ups

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it seems they dream of making music for children, which explains why they give themselves baby names like

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Dappy and Biffy and GaGa.

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The dance craze at number 35 in our chart

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is definitely one for the under-fives.

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It's the Kings in da Ghetto proving that the UK urban music scene

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isn't too cool to embrace a primary school jig

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with their take on Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes.

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Personally, I prefer The Wheels Of The Bus Go Round and Round

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by the Wu-Tang Clan.

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A brand-new dance is sweeping the nation.

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Ladies, let me see you go down low.

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# Head Shoulders Knees N Toez

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# Head Shoulders Knees N Toez... #

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If someone said to you, they put Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes into a song, you'd probably go, "Really?"

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# Head and shoulders knees and toes, knees and toes

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# Head Shoulders Knees N Toez... #

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But until you actually hear it, and the fact that it's on a grime tune, it's cool.

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# Heads, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes... #

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But our one is just better.

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These enterprising lads made their very own video that they posted online

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and their amateur efforts became a surprise hit.

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I made the video, we all made the video, but I mean like...

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He was the man behind the camera.

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I was there walking round asking,

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"Can you do Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes, please?"

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We're just seeing normal people Head Shoulders Knees N Toez

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and the whole point of it is to embarrass yourself.

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The more you embarrass yourself, the better it looks.

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It's not very hard to learn that dance, is it? Heads, shoulders... but they did it in a cool way.

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Heads, shoulders, knees and toes.

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When that first dropped on 1Xtra,

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I couldn't quite believe my ears.

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And I was like, is it that simple?

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We just literally got heads, shoulders, knees and toes? Amazing!

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We all got our own versions. Like, he does it in a specific, like...

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Basically, he's like the Mr Motivator of heads, shoulders, knees and toes. Minus the spandex.

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HE LAUGHS

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-He does it the most stiff.

-He's the stiff one!

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And then I do it for the basic, for the people that just can't get down to their toes.

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# Let me see you go down low Let me see you go down low... #

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He keeps going, "Ladies, let me see you go down low."

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And there's a point where you think the ladies can't get any lower.

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It doesn't matter if you're at the bar, sitting down, you're gonna come to the dance floor

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and then everyone just does it,

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and it looks wicked when you see 3,000 people all doing the dance at the same time.

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I went to Ayia Napa last year and Head Shoulders Knees N Toez was the one.

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When you see everyone do it in unison,

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you forget it was ever a ridiculous kiddie tune.

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Ladies, you gotta wind down low.

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So, that's your lot.

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If, like me, you spent the whole show dancing along to each and every song,

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then, like me, you probably stink.

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Take a shower. Seriously, have a shower. Now.

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Goodbye!

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