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February 07, 2007

Dance! Dance! Dance!


Gabber is a form of Dutch hardcore techno distinguished by its ability to impel juiced up crap cars at speed through suburban housing developments in the small hours. That and a dance style all its own.

Originally the Gabber dance style called "hakken" was used to dance to the slower jumpstyle music which is inspired on breakdance moves performed by MC Hammer but later a new dance evolved called "Skiën" (to ski). Skiën means kicking your feet forward and backward on the bass-line, while your torso goes the opposite way (right foot forward, torso back), once in a while lifting (one of) your feet significantly higher than usual to indicate a break in the beat. The jitterbug also contains the typical kicking moves of "skiën". The dance is also called skank but is different from the Skank associated with Ska/goth/rock/metal genres. Often another variation of this dance called "Duo-Jump" is performed by two people who choreograph their movements and perform them in unison along side one another.

Which is all very interesting. This is one of those times, however, when a YouTube link is worth a thousand words. Flea-readers: Dance! Dance! Dance! Dance! Whether these latter day Swing Kids will have the mettle to face the Dark Times upon us is an open question. Jumping is not a crime, yet. Neither is music or flying kites or sending your daughter to school. And for the moment it remains a crime to throw acid in the face of a girl who has slighted your honour. So by all means dance while you can; but for the love of God pay attention. This could very well be the soundtrack for the mob when it finally takes up the torch against the enemy and then it will be jumping in earnest. For the moment, if I can convince my rivethead army to learn these moves we are going to fully own Savage.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at February 7, 2007 07:23 AM


What in the hell is wrong with Flea readers today?

Speak up, reprobates!

Posted by: agent bedhead [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 7, 2007 10:18 PM

Duo-jump r0xx0rs. Those two guys in the grocery store (first link) doing the duo-jump quasi-DDR thing, sans music, are the shiznit.

Posted by: Chris Taylor [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 8, 2007 02:47 PM