Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Dorkiest Dance Ever

Mashed Potatoes, anyone?

This guy reminds me more of the drunken middle-aged creepy uncle wearing a cheap toupee that turns up uninvited to your wedding reception than a professional dance instructor. You know, the one that drinks a gallon of champagne, hits on all the bridesmaids--including the ones he's related to, pinches everyone's ass, then makes a toast that would cause Lenny Bruce to blush. Later you find him passed out on the front lawn face down in puke. It's not even his puke.

Discotheque Dances by Dick Blake, 1965
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9 comments:

Janice in GA said...

Oh honey, I can remember dancing The Freddy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Freddy) which was WAY dorkier than the Mashed Potato. The Mashed Potato at least looked sorta cool when you were doing it.

Janice in GA
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Jane said...

I remember my older sister trying to teach four-yr-old me the mashed potato...she looked kinda silly doing it, but not anywhere as ridiculous as Dick Blake. I wonder how many people he'd take out on the dance floor by hitting them in the face with a flinging arm, or with a swift kick to the shins? I mean, look at how much clearance that guy would need. He probably thought he was clearing the dance floor with his wonderful moves, but people were instead trying to avoid a trip to the ER.

Severina said...

Dick does teach The Freddy in this book as well, but it looked nowhere near as spazzy as his Mashed Potato pics.

*humming Freddy & the Dreamers songs*

Dick has apparently invented some pretty useless 1960's dances like The Bug, where you behave as though you're infested with insects, and The Shampoo, which is supposed to be some sort of kinky group-shower thing.

msfortuknit said...

my sister taught me this dance and shes 51

Gothknits said...

Ah yes that "Uncle". I know him well. I went to a wedding and was told "watch out for Uncle Frank. He's a pincher" And he was. The killer part was that I got the bouquet and he nearly killed himself and everyone around him trying to get the garter. Lucky my friends set it up for my love to. Just thinking about the alternate creeps me out.

Severina said...

I'm thinking, just to make a wedding "special," this guy should be availible for hire because you can't guarantee that a Creepy Uncle would show up on demand.

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