Shakira and Britney Spears Pop's Greatest Dance Crazes


Shakira and Britney Spears

Shakira shows off her hypnotic hip-shaking and belly dancing skills to Robert Webb, and the director of Britney Spears's ...Baby One More Time video explains the schoolgirl theme.


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Hello, I'm TV's Robert Webb and these are some of pop's greatest dance crazes.

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At number 27, it's Shakira and Wyclef Jean

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with their likable pop ditty Hips Don't Lie,

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which, if you think about it, is absolutely true.

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They don't say very much at all. Good point.

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# She make a man wanna speak Spanish... #

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Shakira. Like Rihanna, except with talent.

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Take it away, Shake-o.

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# Oh, baby when you talk like that

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# You make a woman go mad

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# So be wise and keep on... #

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The song just made her show off.

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She was basically saying, "Look at me. Belly dance for four minutes.

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"Belly dance to the left. I'm going to belly dance to the right.

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"I'm going to belly dance with my shoulder. I'm going to belly dance with my boobs.

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"I'm going to belly dance with my head." She's a belly dance explosion.

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Shakira, Shakira.

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# Oh, baby when you talk like that You make a woman go mad

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# So be wise and keep on Reading the signs of my body... #

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Shakira's dancing style is hypnotic, it really is.

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I mean, even as a choreographer, a dancer,

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when I watch her, you just kind of zone right into that belly button

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and you go, "How is she doing that?"

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It kind of has a life of its own.

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# Oh, the attraction The tension

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# Don't you see, baby... #

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She used to do belly-dancing in the convent that she went to school in

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and apparently the nuns were very supportive. Who knew?

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Obviously nuns in Colombia are quite different to the nuns that we know.

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# Never really knew that she could dance like this... #

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Note that Wyclef is adhering to the Golden Rule -

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do not attempt the Shakira

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unless you are a fully-trained professional.

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Her hips go like this.

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You think of a snake, right? I will attempt it now.

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So it kind of goes up and back down. That was really bad.

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They kind of... I can't do it. They go up like this and back down.

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And when your arms are doing all of this sort of stuff, you know,

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at the same time in opposition to your hips, it's tough.

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# I'm on tonight But my hips don't lie

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# And I'm starting to feel you, boy... #

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I work at Pineapple Studios

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and I remember when Shakira came out with that video,

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that belly dancing class that we had in Pineapple,

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like, I had 100 students plus. It was...

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crazy how many people wanted to move like Shakira.

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MIDDLE EASTERN-STYLE MUSIC PLAYS

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Belly dancing classes have long been popular with ladies of a certain age.

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How erotic is it? Does it drive men wild?

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I wouldn't say it drives men wild.

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Speaking on behalf of mankind, I have to say I disagree.

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Are you turned on?

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Not really.

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Come on, that's pretty good.

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It's very seductive, very sensuous.

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I've attempted it with varying degrees of success.

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The main component of doing belly dancing

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is forget any concept of personal dignity.

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That is the absolute bedrock.

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And once you've got beyond that, then it's remarkably simple.

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Wise words, Katie. I'm off now to clean the fluff from my belly button.

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Now back to a more innocent time

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when teenage pop stars could dress provocatively in sexy school uniforms

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and invite the listener to physically hit them.

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Yes, at number 26 it's Britney Spears

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and Hit Me Baby One More Time.

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It was her debut video that had American mums up in arms

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and American dads pretending to be up in arms while being secretly very pleased indeed.

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Oh, men!

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BELL RINGS

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# Oh, baby baby

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# Oh, baby baby... #

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Britney Spears with Hit Me Baby.

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It was... It was every man's dream.

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# Oh, baby baby... #

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She came in as this little schoolgirl,

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but had this very innocent vibe,

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but had her shirt rolled up and had her little short skirt on

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and it was like, "Britney, you not foolin' us."

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When you're making a video, you try and take a real-life situation

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and then just sort of caricature it a little bit.

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And Britney's idea was quite simply that she wanted to be in a school and be thinking of boys.

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And then Britney said, "Why do I dress up in a school girl's outfit?"

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And I'm sitting there thinking, "That sounds a bit racy to me," but you know, we went with it.

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There's something quite wrong about it, isn't there?

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You're watching it going, "No.

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"She's dressed as a schoolgirl."

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# Hit me baby one more time... #

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I loved when Britney first came out. It was just dance, you know.

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She did like, double pirouettes in that video.

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Well Britney is all about the imaginary whip, OK?

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So she's very...

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Flick. She is all about that. All slashy, slashy, slashy.

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I didn't say slutty.

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The dance was a jazz-inspired dance.

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It was just a lot of arms and just what pop became.

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Britney was the face of pop at that point.

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I think when you hear that song, you just want to strut around and have a dance.

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She owned it, you know?

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# Hit me baby one more time. #

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It was hot.

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# Hit me baby one more time. #

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Hit Me Baby One More Time sold over nine million copies worldwide,

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propelling Britney to pop superstardom and her devoted fans embraced her sexy St Trinian's look.

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Britney's fans copied everything about her from what she wore, how she danced.

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I think she created her own cult following.

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All the girls used to have the knee-high socks

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and a little skirt rolled up and shirt and tie.

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You felt really cool cos Britney did it.

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We thought it was wicked.

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We all wanted fluffy pens and over-knee socks.

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We used to have talent shows at school and a lot of people would

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enter as Britney and know all the dance moves.

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We'd go along every lunchtime, pay our 50p and hope for the best!

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# Give me a sign Hit me baby one more time. #

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Since this routine, Britney's glittering career has pirouetted out

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of control several times, but with each comeback

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she demonstrates why she's still queen of the dance floor.

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# Hit me baby one more time. #

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Her-ha! Her-ha!

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Herrrr-ha!

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Don't worry. I'm not off my nut on Meow Meow,

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I'm performing one of the most popular dances of the early 1980s.

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If you were a coal miner, the '80s were at best so-so

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but if you were a fan of dressing up like a dandy,

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it really was the decade to be alive.

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Stand and deliver!

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I loved Adam Ant.

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I loved the way he made his face up and his movements, and I loved him because he was individual.

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# I'm the dandy highwayman who you're too scared to mention... #

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I have a confession to make - I was absolutely obsessed with Adam Ant,

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and I desperately, desperately wanted to be him.

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Absolutely adore the look. I think that was an era to be proud of.

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# Stand and deliver

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# Your money or your life. #

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He was making his songs

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into a fabulous piece of theatre.

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He understood something essential which is, "I'm here to entertain you."

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But it was Adam's magical transformation from punk pretender

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to the Prince of Panto Pop that cemented his place in our top 50.

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# Don't you ever,

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# Don't you ever... #

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Prince Charming was just a sort of dance craze that I tried to start,

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by dressing up and looking a bit wild.

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# Don't you ever, don't you ever... #

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There's been so many great dance crazes,

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but being a child of the Eighties,

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I've got to say my favourite is Adam Ant, Prince Charming.

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The dance is made up of four key simple moves,

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and each move represents Adam.

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So this move represents courage.

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The second move was about pride.

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The third move is humour. And the final message is flair.

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Which Adam had tonnes of.

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Prince Charming, hey! Prince Charming, hey!

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1, 2, 3, 4...

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We had probably about 40 or 50 dancers, a huge set, it looked

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like walking into a Hollywood movie set, it was fantastic, and we had the wonderful, most beautiful Diana Dors.

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The dance was a little bit tricky, and if you watch the video closely,

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I wouldn't say she exactly gets the moves, but we decided in the spirit of things that that would be OK.

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# Don't you ever... #

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There was a whole feeling, a whole era, a whole time where I don't think that could ever happen again.

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It's just very, very special.

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# Don't you ever lower yourself... #

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And our next dance comes from erccentric New Yorker, Lady GaGa.

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In tribute to her infamous meat dress, I've wrapped my hand in some rashers of streaky bacon. See?

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It's what I call my pork glove, and very comfortable it is, too.

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I'm also wearing chicken underpants, but probably best not show you them now. Here's GaGa.

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# Ooh-oooh-oh-oh-oh,

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# Caught in a bad romance... #

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Oh my God, I'm a huge fan of Lady GaGa.

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I'm a huge Lady GaGa fan.

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-Huge!

-# Caught in a bad romance... #

-She's saying,

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if you do it, do it big and make a spectacle of it.

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She don't care.

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She's doing what she wants to do and I'm so into that.

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# I want your loving, I want your revenge

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# You and me could write a bad romance... #

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I just love the choreography. And it's now.

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It's sort of taking Madonna and twisting it all around.

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GaGa has this little claw thing and she calls people monsters, and

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I went to the concert and everyone's literally doing this claw.

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When I came up with the claw in Bad Romance

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it was because she played the record for me,

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and it felt painful

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and the first thing my hand did was tense up,

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because when you want to love somebody and you can't have them, it feels like that.

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-# I want your lovin'... #

-What's happening,

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"Ooh, ra, la-la-la," what's happening to me?

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Then I was obsessed with the twist and Chubby Checker, so I then I did everything.

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She's not the best dancer, but she has

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a very specific way of moving,

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so a choreographer captures those awkward moments and makes them into dance equences.

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She wasn't a dancer, but she, like millions of young girls, took dance class.

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You know, you learn a few things very early, a pas de bourree, a kick-ball-change, a hitchy koo.

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So I put these classic dance steps in her choreography

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and I said, "Well, I know that I'll make you a dancer."

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# Can't read my, can't read my, no, he can't read my poker face.... #

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With Poker Face, it was about the club and the house, and there was just something

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that came to me when I was like, "My-my-my poker face," you know.

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# My-my-my poker face... #

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She does this sort of stuff a lot, doesn't she?

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A bit of that.

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It's pretty owlish and cool, isn't it?

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And if in doubt, just take some more clothes off.

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It works for me.

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It's just like mad things, they're actually simple, but great fun,

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exuberant, camp, out there, in-your-face dance routines.

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# RedOne... #

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Lady GaGa's look is as famous as her music, and her piece de resistance was her scandalous meat dress.

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# I've had a little bit too much... #

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I think she has amazing fashion sense, and I love that it's so crazy

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and so different that it really makes you stop and think.

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Whether GaGa is living art or just a frustrated butcher,

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she's inspired fans around the world to copy her style and moves.

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It's just a shame she stinks of carrion.

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Everyone wants to be GaGa, don't they?

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And they all want to be able to dance like GaGa.

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You look on the internet and there's so many sites, "We'll teach you the GaGa steps."

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It has been a phenomenon. I mean, when I saw

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a seven-year-old do the Bad Romance dance, absolutely was I affected.

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I'm like, "my choreography is being done all around the world."

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That just inspired me to know how powerful we are as choreographers.

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# Just, just, just dance. #

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Often, the best dances have the instructions built into the lyrics.

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One thinks of Whip My Hair, by Willow Smith, and Sit Down, by James.

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Our next track is much the same.

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At number 23 we have DJ Casper and his Cha-cha Slide.

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Clap, clap-clap, clap your hands.

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All right now, we're going to do the basic step.

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To the left. Take it back now, y'all.

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One hop this time...

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So you go, slide to the right, slide to the left.

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One hop this time.

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Two hops this time.

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And this, cha-cha.

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To the left.

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Take it back now, y'all.

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It's just slide to the right, it's just really basic moves.

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One hop this time.

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Two hops this time. Now cha-cha. I don't even know it that great,

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but I know if you put that on in a club

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now tonight, I would be able to do it, because it says it.

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To the left. Take it back now, y'all.

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Let go to work.

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Let go to work. Let's go to work.

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-But it depends where you work.

-It does.

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Most people that go to work aren't happy.

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It's like, slide to the left.

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I'm happy. Slide to the right.

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-Woohoo!

-Let's to go to work.

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Oh, so boring.

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I'm out of here, y'all. Peace.

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The 1980s were a time of division and strife.

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Geoffrey Howe's 1981 austerity budget led to mass unemployment

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and the destruction of Britain's manufacturing sector.

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To counterbalance this, Black Lace released a single that had everyone in Britain doing this.

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So the Eighties basically evened out, then.

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After a hard day's work, here I am at the Batley Frontier Club, and

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we're going to ask a few people now why they've come to see Black Lace.

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-Just pure, simple fun, good, clean fun.

-The party atmosphere, yes.

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-What's your favourite song of theirs?

-Agadoo-doo-doo.

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-Can you sing a bit more for us, perhaps?

-I only the title of it, like, I don't know the rest of it.

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# Ag-a-doo-doo-doo, push pineapple, shake the tree... #

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Agadoo was...

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pretty much the song that, if you are 30 or thereabouts,

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defined every childhood party you ever went to.

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Aga-doo...

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Doo-doo, push pineapple...

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Shake the tree...

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Da-da-uh-uh-uh...

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Push pineapple, grind coffee...

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To the left, to the right...

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Jump up and down and to the knees...

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Come and dance every night to the hula melodies.

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# Sing the hula melodies... #

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Aga-doo-doo-doo was another don't, don't, don't for me, darling.

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# I met a hula mistress somewhere in Waikiki.

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# She was selling pineapple, playing ukelele... #

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Black Lace were two blokes from deepest Yorkshire, and Agadoo was their biggest UK hit.

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But the cheesy chart-meisters have always divided opinion.

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I mean, as a dancer, you know, any...

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Well, hold on. I was going to say I embrace anything that gets people on the floor, but there is a limit.

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Black Lace had mullet haircuts, they were a bit naff, they were like

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DJs you would find in a Warrington disco club.

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It's easy to mock, really very easy in this case, but these lads have paid their showbiz dues.

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You know, they'd done the camps, they'd done the resorts, they knew their audience.

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The wrinkles on those men's faces are not merely a sign of age, they're battle scars.

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They know, when they walk into that room full of nanas and babies,

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that somebody's got to get this party started.

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# Agadoo-doo-doo, push pineapple, shake the tree... #

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Agadoo has been voted the worst song of all time, but it sold

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over a million copies worldwide, helped by the easy to perform dance.

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But where exactly did the moves come from?

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Agadoo the song actually

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is French, it originates from France.

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But the dance moves originate from a Derby nightclub.

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The rumour is, Black Lace turned up to perform, and the bar staff

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had come out with some kind of dance, and then it took off from there.

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So, if you want to blame anybody for Agadoo, blame the French and Derby.

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Consider it done, my friend.

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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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