Cheryl Cole and Cheryl Baker Pop's Greatest Dance Crazes


Cheryl Cole and Cheryl Baker

Robert Webb is joined by Rufus Hound, who demos the 'Cheryl Chop' from Fight for This Love. Cheryl Baker looks back on losing her skirt for Bucks Fizz's Making Your Mind Up.


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# I see you, baby Shakin' that ass... #

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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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# Too much of anything can make you sick

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# Even the good can be a curse... #

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Fight For This Love, great track and it had a lot of meaning behind it

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if you looked at all of the tabloid fodder.

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As a woman, she's saying you can go through so many ups and downs in a relationship,

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but if it's right we will fight to the end, basically.

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# Anything that's worth having

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# Is sure enough worth fighting for... #

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Whilst our Chezza's fight for her love with hubby Ashley would eventually end in the divorce court,

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her debut solo single was a global smash.

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# We gotta fight... #

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There were a few iconic moves in there,

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there was the whole... hand wafting move.

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You know, some old moves like this. It was a great routine.

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# Fight for this love

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# If it's worth having it's worth fighting for... #

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The three key moves

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are the Cheryl chop...

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Which is all of this business.

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The shoulder pop...

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Which doesn't look impressive unless you've got other people doing it in time behind you.

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And the drop and roll.

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Which is seemingly quite important. Get the knees up.

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# Anything that's worth having... #

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You are now officially fighting for this love.

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The video was as much about Cheryl's look as the moves.

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Not ideal if you happen to be listening to the song on the radio.

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Her look was all about those leather trousers.

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Red military with spray-on legs.

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She alternated between being in the army and wearing her pyjamas -

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she kind of had MC Hammer pyjamas on for some of it,

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and in other bits she looked like a majorette who'd spent half the day waist-deep in a pond.

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Didn't she?

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But, however fabulous, she was about to be outdone by, of all people, Rufus Hound.

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For Sport Relief, performing - and I'm not making this up...

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-You couldn't.

-..Cheryl Cole's Fight For This Love, it's Rufus Hound!

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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The whole of Fight For This Love is about jerky movement

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and moving your body in a way that naturally nobody's body moves.

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By the time I was on stage doing it, I was rattling with ibuprofen,

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I'd had to go to an osteopath...

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My whole spine and legs are not used to moving in the way that they're forced to move.

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# Anything that's worth having

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# Is sure enough worth fighting for... #

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By the time I was doing it, she was in the papers with her and Ashley, you know, calling it a day.

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I didn't want, like, "Here's you going through a divorce and ha ha ha.

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"Here's me laughing at your greatest achievement. Boo you".

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So when I met her and she said it really cheered her up, that was a very nice feather in the cap.

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# ..If it's worth having it's worth fighting for... #

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Although she did talk to me like I'd won the X Factor.

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It wasn't like, "Hey, we both work in the entertainment business.

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"I enjoyed the dance, you know, well played".

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She just went... MIMIC CHERYL: "I thought you did very well.

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"I think, you know, you've really showed there what you could do".

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That would make such a great recruitment video for the Salvation Army.

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Ladies and gentlemen... Oooh weee!

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At number 32 in our top 50 countdown

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of pop's greatest dance crazes,

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we have Ciara and Missy Elliot, with a song called 1, 2 Step...

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This beat is...

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..which doubles as an educational song for children unable to count to two,

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and a motivational mantra for people frightened of walking upstairs.

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# Everybody... #

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Ciara is just totally hot and can dance her head off.

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Now that I'd like to see.

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Ciara's 1,2 Step dance is a very old school dance

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that was done back in the day of disco, she took it and revamped it.

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# We about to get it on

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# Let me see ya 1, 2 Step... #

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1, 2 Step tells you exactly what to do.

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Ciara was quite a new artist at the time.

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Everyone was like, "Wow, this girl can move it!"

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She seems to be able to bend all sorts of ways, doesn't she, Ciara?

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She's unbreakable, that one.

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You know, Ciara can do from sexy to like,

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really hardcore ghetto South Central choreography.

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I remember in the nightclub, whenever that song came on,

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more people would do the stumbling leg than the 1, 2 Step.

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The wobbly legs, that is called the crip walk!

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In America, they have the Bloods and the Crips. They're a big gang.

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Crips, as a gang sign, they would do this dance, and it's a crip walk.

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It's very, very hard to do, but you would catch me in the club doing

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that and doing the little 1, 2 Step.

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At number 31 in pop's greatest dance crazes, it's Soulja Boy,

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who is A) not a soldier, and B) no longer a boy.

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But what he lacks in basic honesty,

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he more than makes up for in sweet, sweet moves.

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# Soulja Boy off in it, oh...! #

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That was the twist of the 2000s.

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It's probably the biggest dance craze of my era,

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actually, of my generation.

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The first time I heard it, I was like, "I need to learn this dance."

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I was on YouTube trying to learn it

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before anyone else and do it all just as good as Soulja Boy did.

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This dance, for Soulja Boy's 2007 hit Crank That might look good,

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but it's not appropriate in cramped spaces.

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Try doing this in the middle of a crowded dance floor,

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someone'll lamp you. Quite right too.

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So, Soulja Boy, don't bang into people, yeah?

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So it goes, "Whooo, hey watch me, whooo."

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I think you got to jump side to side.

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Don't feel silly doing it,

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do it like you don't care.

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Gets a bit crazy that one as well, cos people, they decide

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it's all about who travels the furthest, and they'll, "Whooo!"

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So everyone is hopping. And whoooo!

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About ten metres and, "Whoooo!" Whooo! Hey, ride me!"

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Superman and ho!

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Whooo! Cos I mean, come on, I mean how cool is that?

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If it sounds like it was written using a Casio toy keyboard,

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that's because it was, kind of.

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The DIY track was made in his dad's recording studio and released

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on the internet with a video

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demonstrating the now famous dance.

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When I heard it I was like, "It sounds like one of those really bad demos".

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These days you can go and make your own music. It's as simple as that.

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I know 13-year-olds that actually make their own music.

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He produced it, wrote it,

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made his own dance... Got all the money.

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The song wasn't all that.

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HE SINGS GIBBERISH Ho! Actually it is really good.

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-Brilliant. I love that song.

-I do like it.

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At number 30, it's Bucks Fizz with their Eurovision winning song Making Your Mind Up.

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In a bid to win the votes of the more backward European nations,

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the song featured a routine that managed to be both childish and sexist.

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It culminated in the male members of the band yanking off the skirts of the ladies. Like this...

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Oh, your one doesn't do it.

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Making Your Mind Up.

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# You gotta speed it up And then you gotta slow it down... #

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# And if you believe that a love can hit the top

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# You gotta play around... #

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I used to remember doing that in the playground. That was my era.

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# ..Making your mind up! #

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SHE SINGS GIBBERISH # Making your mind up! # Is that it?

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We were put together specifically to wear

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bright colours, to all be blonde,

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and to all do a happy little routine that would catch the judges' eyes.

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# Don't let your indecision take you from behind... # Hands on bum.

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# Take you from behind... #

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# Trust your intuition Don't let others change your mind! #

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Don't let others change your mind. See, they had a message.

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They had a positive message.

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I'd leap onto Mike, legs akimbo, run back to my mic stand.

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The most memorable part of the song.

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# But if you want to see some more... #

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There was a point where they whipped the girls' skirts off to show off their knees.

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The skirts came off and that was it. History was made.

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Lady Gaga... nothing.

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We saw Cheryl Baker's knees!

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I'm sure that we won Eurovision because of the skirts.

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We only won by four points.

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I'm sure that those four points were from people who were glad the skirts came off.

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# And soon you will find that there comes a time

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# For making your mind up. #

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# Duh-duh! # Finished.

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APPLAUSE

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At 29, it's a Python-esque take on an original '60s skank dance,

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by which I mean this.

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MUSIC: "One Step Beyond" By Madness

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God, it's knackering. Yes, it's Madness with One Step Beyond.

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The tune was originally written by Jamaican ska singer Prince Buster, and it wasn't...

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Oh, sod it. Watch the VT.

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Hey you! Don't watch that. Watch this!

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One step beyond!

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I'm a massive Madness fan,

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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!

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If you say the words One Step Beyond to me,

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the first thing that comes into my head

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is an overweight man jogging on the spot ferociously

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and occasionally flailing out his arms and striking bystanders.

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One step beyond!

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It's one for the football supporters, isn't it, Madness? Whooa!

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You know, they're called Madness, so everything that they do

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can be as frenetic and insane and crazy as you like.

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Their Jamaican ska inspired moves and high energy songs

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made blokes everywhere want to climb on the nutty train.

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All aboard.

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The idea of dancing

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had kind of fizzled out a little bit,

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certainly amongst white working class,

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middle class boys.

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One step beyond!

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And in fact, my hand has been shaken on a number of occasions by people

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who've thanked me, in part, for making blokes dance again.

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When they were in the pop charts, I would have been six, seven, eight, so all those family dos,

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it was just lashed up blokes like my dad going, "Right, House Of Fun, you're bloody right it is."

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It did make you want to dance.

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Your feet would go with the drums and your hips with the bass

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and the elbows with the high hat or something like that.

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I would imagine they could bring out Madness the DVD as a workout DVD,

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because it is really energetic.

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I think it burns about 4,000 calories every time you do it, so...

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So, that's your lot. If, like me, you spent the whole show

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dancing along to each and every song, 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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Robert Webb tucks into a delicious taster of Pop's Greatest Dance Crazes, celebrating the hippest, sexiest, quirkiest and campest dance crazes of the last 40 years. He is joined by Rufus Hound who demos the 'Cheryl Chop' from Fight for This Love. And Cheryl Baker looks back on losing her skirt for Bucks Fizz's Making Your Mind Up.


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