Monday’s topic was “songs with dance moves in the title,” and I came up with a list of ten. You came up with more, although not quite ten, and I did some minor changes to some of the ones you came up with. Here’s this week’s list.
- The Beatles, “Twist & Shout” Several of you asked why I didn’t include this one. Honestly, I didn’t bother looking, because I was afraid I’d run into the problem I always run into, that Beatles songs posted to YouTube get taken down faster than you can say “BMG.” I could have used The Isley Brothers’ version, then I found this on The Fab Four’s “official” channel. From their first album, 1963’s Please Please Me in the UK, Introducing… The Beatles! in the US.
- Stray Cats, “Rock This Town” Birgit suggested this and the next two. This is the video I remember of this song. It was released in 1981 and reached #9 in both the US and UK.
- Stray Cats, “Stray Cat Strut” The followup single to “Rock This Town,” also from 1981. It reached #3 in the US and #11 in the UK.
- Louis Prima, “Jump, Jive & Wail” Birgit suggested The Brian Setzer Orchestra’s cover, but I figured that was too much Setzer, so I went with wild man Louis Prima here. The dark-haired woman standing in the background looking upset is his wife, Keely Smith. Theirs was not a happy relationship.
- Booker T. & The MG’s, “You Can’t Sit Down” A song that’s been covered by many, both instrumntal and vocal, which means you might see it in a future Battle of the Bands. Eugenia suggested this and the next.
- The Dovells, “Bristol Stomp” Eugenia suggested The Dovells’ version of “You Can’t Sit Down,” then I found this and decided to use it instead. Great doo-wop!
- Robert Lindsay, “The Lambeth Walk” The song is from the musical Me and My Girl, written in the late Thirties by Noel Gay (music) and Douglas Furber and L. Arthur Rose (lyrics). It had its first run in the West End in 1937 and was made into a movie called The Lambeth Walk a couple of years later, when the world was preparing for war (there are numerous videos out there of Nazi soldiers marching aound to this song). “Bristol Stomp” made me think of this.
- The Diamonds, “The Stroll” This was a popular dance in the late Fifties. It originated on American Bandstand, though this video is from Iowa (no idea where; the person who uploaded it said it was from Idaho).
- Bill Haley & The Comets, “Rock-A-Beatin’ Boogie” Had to put a song with some boogie in it. The film clip is from 1945’s Yolanda And The Thief, and Fred Astaire’s dance partner is Louise Bremer.
- Denver Airport Swing Dance Flash Mob Just looked like too much fun to pass on.
And that’s the Friday 5×2 for September 1, 2017. Have a good Labo(u)r Day weekend, if you’re headed out, if not, I’ll be here all weekend…