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VAN DAMME THAT DJ MADE MY DAY

Posted by Billyjam, December 13, 2008 03:02pm | Post a Comment

Today's Dance of the Day, which is also part fight, is of Jean Claude Van Damme busting a move or two on the dance floor in the 1989 film Kickboxer. In this action movie (available on DVD at Amoeba), J.C.V.D. plays van damme kickboxerthe younger brother of an unbeaten American kickboxer who hungers for some real competition and ends up going to the home of Muay Thai kick boxing: Thailand.

Van Damme was the subject of a wonderful recent Amoeblog by Charles Reece, where it was reported that the "Muscles from Brussels has finally starred in a film that's been getting some good critical response. JCVD is an attempt to explore the heart and mind of Jean-Claude Varenberg, the man behind the dissipating Van Damme legend." The new film on JCVD by director Mabrouk El Mechri is the film that is receiving rave reviews. From this engaging Amoeblog I learned that JCVD had a small role in the 1984 hip-hop movie Breakin'.

1997 INTERVIEW WITH CAMERA SHY BETTIE PAGE

Posted by Billyjam, December 12, 2008 06:14am | Post a Comment

Bettie Page, the eternally popular sexy 1950s pin-up model who died yesterday at age 85, conducted this TV interview eleven years ago. "I wouldn't want to see a model when she's old and out of shape. Who would?... I hate old age," said the Southern accented Page. Interviewed at age 74 in 1997 by Real Life entertainment reporter Tim Estiloz, she refused to be shown on camera. "I don't want to be photographed in old age," said the former model, who retired at age 34.

If you know little about Bettie Page's career (which remarkably only lasted seven years but whose influence is felt to this day) this is a good primer. Page, who was also known as Betty, was placed on life support last week after suffering a heart attack in Los Angeles and never regained consciousness, as was reported by the AP. Apparently before the heart attack, Page had been hospitalized for three weeks with pneumonia.

As outlined in the above TV piece, her once risque photos included a centerfold in the January 1955 issue of then-fledgling Playboy magazine, as well as controversial sadomasochistic poses. Hugh Hefner, Playboy founder, told AP that "I think that she was a remarkable lady, an iconic figure in pop culture who influenced sexuality, taste in fashion, someone who had a tremendous impact on our society."

To read the full AP report on Bettie Page's death and often turbulent life go to the SF Gate website.

HOW-TO DO THE ADULATION JIGGITY-JIG

Posted by Billyjam, December 12, 2008 05:17am | Post a Comment

How-to do the adulation jiggity-gig, including such moves as the basic step, the full-body shimmy,  shoulder plunge, the jazz hands, belly rub, and of course, the overbite.

Carl Craig, Gamall, Jonah Sharp, & {KONTROL} DJs in SF

Posted by Billyjam, December 11, 2008 12:40pm | Post a Comment


If you are in the Bay Area there is one really great lineup at the Demon Days party at club Mezzanine in San Francisco tonight featuring legendary Detroit producer/DJ Carl Craig along with Gamall (Demon Days, NYC), plus the Bay Area's own longtime UK transplant Jonah Sharp under his Spacetime Continuum moniker featuring Nigerian drummer Sikiru Adepoju. And to top it off, local turntable crew [KONTROL] DJs featuring Alland Byallo, Nikola Baytala, Craig Kuna, and Sammy D will also be spinning throughout the night.

Carl Craig, accurately described as "the forefather of the second wave of Detroit techno," picked up where Juan Atkins and company started with that strain of electronic music in the Michigan city. In addition to being a super-talented, dedicated producer/DJ/remixer, Craig is also a committed cultural anthropologist and in 2000 was chosen as curator of the first Detroit Electronic Music Festival (something he since discontinued, as curator but not as a performer). As is evident in the above recent interview with the artist by UK based dollop, Carl Craig is always aware of and giving props to his city of Detroit and all the artists who have hailed from "the motor city" over the years including Kevin Saunderson, Bob Seger, Iggy Pop, carl craigand the White Stripes.

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DIRTY BOOGIE DANCE FROM HAIRSPRAY

Posted by Billyjam, December 11, 2008 10:37am | Post a Comment


The dance of the day is the once phenomenally popular, albeit highly controversial, "dirty boogie" dance. This clip is from the classic John Waters' 1988 movie Hairspray, in which Ricki Lake's "pleasantly pluhairspraymp" teenaged character Tracy Turnblad and her peers are shaking their thing down in the aisles of Baltimore's small but packed Motormouth Records store in a racially tense America, circa 1962. 

The dance part is for the first minute or so of the above clip, which is a nine minute unedited excerpt from the recommended Waters movie which, as you know, was remade last year by director Adam Shankman with John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, & Christopher Walken, etc. Personally I much prefer the original. Both versions are available on DVD @ Amoeba Music. Ask for help if you cannot locate. Note however that the CD/LP soundtrack of the 1988 Hairspray, also available at Ameoba, does not include the song featured during this dance. And if you missed it the first time around, peep the video below of the interview with John Waters below during his Amoeba Music Hollywood instore last year in support of his CD A Date With John Waters (New Line Records).

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