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Breakdancing is SO fucking cool. - The Life and Thoughts of Zach

Jan. 27th, 2004

01:10 pm - Breakdancing is SO fucking cool.

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I'm so sure this wasn't photoshopped. Go pope!

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From:stuffedsheep29
Date:January 27th, 2004 07:56 pm (UTC)

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It's the lost scene from "Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo" -- Ozone travels to Vatican City to ask the Pope to help the youth center. The Pope tells him, "Dance, Ozone, dance to save the children!" Of course the scene had to be cut for time, but I'm told it was incredibly dramatic.
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From:zarfmouse
Date:January 27th, 2004 08:04 pm (UTC)

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There's a movie about Break Dancing? I'm so going to go rent that.
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From:stuffedsheep29
Date:January 27th, 2004 08:14 pm (UTC)

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"Breakin'" and "Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo" are two of Hollywood's finest cinematic achievements! You need to rent them both, right away. There's also a movie about a break dancing street gang, but the name is escaping me right now...

One of my personal favorites is a movie called "Fast Forward," which features a much whiter version of break dancing, along with singing and eight scrappy kids trying to make it in the big city as a musical act.
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From:zarfmouse
Date:January 27th, 2004 08:39 pm (UTC)

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Have you ever seen the HBO special called Mondo Beyondo with Bette Midler. It came out in like 1982. I have it on video tape. I need to make a VCD out of it so I can burn it and share it with people. It's a collection of short performance art films. Several of them feature dance stuff and one of those is like this casual dance competition between these very 80s urban break dancers and Bill Irwin who, in the film, does this sort of plastic man crazy dance to old vaudville-ish type music. It's hilarious!



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From:jasunshine
Date:January 27th, 2004 08:29 pm (UTC)

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Man, you missed out! My work had a boxed set (or at least cellphane-wrapped set) of these two movies for 9.99 right before Christmas!

Somone in our media department put it on the "staff picks" shelf. It was amazing how many grandmas/parents bought it because "my kid/grandkid likes music so this would make a nice gift".

Frightening, really. . . :)
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From:ke_jia
Date:January 27th, 2004 09:40 pm (UTC)
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Sisyphus Shrugged (jmhm) has a very interesting interpretation of that photo. Kinda neat.
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From:bdar
Date:January 28th, 2004 12:17 am (UTC)
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Here's the thing about breakdancing, and "professional" breakdancing in particular--it's only cool in small doses.

I once saw, as a following act to "I Was Born With Two Tongues," a champion breakdancing team perform for forty-five minutes.

For forty-five minutes, five guys threw themselves headlong at the floor and whirled their legs around like a stuttering blender. Occasionally there were other moves, but most of the time, it was a headspin. Forty-five minutes of headspin. It grew less and less impressive as the time dragged on.
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From:zarfmouse
Date:January 28th, 2004 01:05 am (UTC)
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Heh. I can imagine that watching a long one-trick show would get old. I can also imagine 45 minutes of really high quality diverse performance with lots of different music and many different moves and some creativity involved could be pretty excellent though.

I've only ever caught bits and pieces of breakdance in very small doses. My mom has an old photo shoot of break dancers she did in Chicago in the early 80s. I saw the thing on Mondo Beyondo mentioned above. I saw some breakdancers in New Orleans hustling crowds for money at Jefferson Square. I helped staff the for several ill-attended weekly Hip-Hop nights where folks would occasionally show up who knew a few VERY brief moves. I've seen a few other random snippets here and there.

I feel teased and tantalized by this art form that I've never really seen done in a Big Way as a full performance.

As an aside, "I Was Born With Two Tongues" is awesome.
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From:bdar
Date:January 28th, 2004 01:36 am (UTC)
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And that's the way to experience it--small doses.

Also, when you see Breakin' and Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo--and you must, if you consider yourself at all a student of culture--you must not let the movie dissuade you from the high-speed poetry that breakdancing is in small doses. The breakdancing in the film is largely hyperstylized, and is no more representative of actual breakdancing than a Jet Li fight is representative of an actual martial arts contest.

Also, despite what these movies tell you, street gangs didn't dance against each other in turf arguments. Knives and nines.
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From:zarfmouse
Date:January 28th, 2004 01:44 am (UTC)
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Also, despite what these movies tell you, street gangs didn't dance against each other in turf arguments. Knives and nines.

Heh. Street gangs unable to find non-violent outlets for their rivalry? All my illusions are shattered!
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From:jasunshine
Date:January 28th, 2004 08:09 am (UTC)
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>Also, despite what these movies tell you, street gangs didn't dance against each other in turf arguments. Knives and nines.

Actually, in my neighborhood, street gangs BRIEFLY did this in the early '90's. It lasted less than a year, then there was this kind of "India Jones" moment. You know, where the guy waves his sword around, and Dr. Jones looks scared until he realizes that he as a gun. After that, as you say, "knives and nines". Sigh...
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From:wendywoowho
Date:January 28th, 2004 02:58 pm (UTC)
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I saw the clip. Polish breakdancers. Breakdancing for the Polish Pope.

Kinda weird.
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From:marezcharz
Date:January 28th, 2004 05:24 pm (UTC)

Deja voooooo - all over again...

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Peep dis, yo!
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From:zarfmouse
Date:January 28th, 2004 05:29 pm (UTC)

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Huh. I'll have to check it out.

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