In any case, posting by moi will thus be sporadic for a few days.
But in the meantime, here's a fun project to tide us all over:
Best Post-Elvis Song That References a Dance or Dancing!!!
A friendly warning: It's quite possible that somebody will nominate a hip-hop song from the current decade, but if you do, I will feel free to laugh at you.
Also -- we're not talking about good dance songs, we're talking songs ABOUT dancing or with dances or dancing in the title or lyrics. Thus Elvis Costello's "Pump It Up," for example, as great as it is to dance to, is ruled right out. Thank you very much.
Okay, all that out of the way, here's my totally top of my head Top Ten:
10. Jerry Dallman and the Knightcaps -- The Bug
One of the many splendid obscure oldies (most only hits in Baltimore) that John Waters exhumed from his personal record collection for the soundtrack of the original Hairspray. True story: When Waters was putting the soundtrack together, he got a call from an exec at MCA/Universal (the studio releasing the film and album). It was, in fact, the selfsame Jerry Dallman, now all grown up, but in his teenage years the punk kid who fronted "The Bug." Apparently, it was a tossup who was more amazed by this turn of events -- Dallman or the director.
9. The Velvet Underground -- Rock 'n' Roll
"Despite all the amputations you could just go out and dance to a rock and roll station..." Nuff said.
8. The Guess Who -- Dancing Fool
I'm sorry, but I think these guys were great. This was one of their last hits, with particularly splendid riffage by post-Joe Walsh James Gang guitarist Dominic Troiano.
7. Smashing Pumpkins -- Dancing in the Moonlight
This is, apparently, a cover of a Thin Lizzy song that I don't recall off the top of my head (not the earlier King Harvest hit), but in any case it proves, yet again, that there is no conceivable Listomania topic for which I can't find a relevant clip featuring Billy Corgan's pretentious bald noggin. It's beginning to scare me, actually.
6. Gene and Wendell -- The Roach
Another killer dance craze from the Hairspray soundtrack. Boy, would I like to get a gander at John Waters' iPod.
5. Little Eva -- The Locomotion
Often remade but never bettered, in part because of the splendid piano work from its author Carole King. Seriously -- doesn't this sound like proto-metal to you?
4. Alvin Cash and the Crawlers -- Twine Time
A great riff and one of the funkiest (in the old school sense) instrumentals of the 60s. I actually prefer this to some of the Junior Walker stuff, but that's just me.
3. Roxy Music -- Dance Away
I'm not a huge fan of either Roxy or Bryan Ferry solo, but this one -- which is about as moonlight and roses as you can get -- just slays me.
2. The Beatles -- I'm Happy Just to Dance With You
Ah, George. Sorry -- that's all I've got for this one.
And the numero uno coolest song about getting down with your bad self, hands down it's so totally obvious if you try to argue with me I swear to god I'll harm you so just don't, is ---
1. The Beach Boys -- Dance, Dance, Dance
On balance, I think this is Brian's best flat out rocker, and whoever's playing the twelve-string break -- if it's not Carl Wilson, it's probably Glen Campbell -- is a fricking genius. Absolutely kick-ass on every level, with a chorus to die for.
Awrighty then -- what would your choices be?
[Shameless Blogwhore: My parallel Cinema Listomania is now up at Box Office. As always, if you could go over there and leave a comment, an angel definitely gets its wings.]