Aug 122010

What’s the best dance in rock? Not best dancer, mind you, but the best dance that almost anyone can do, or at least wish to do? Here Debbie Harry demonstrates the pogo. I can’t say that all do it even half as well as she does it, but if more of us could I’d consider putting the pogo at the top of my list.


  19 Responses to “What’s the Best Dance in Rock?”

  1. mockcarr

    I’m partial to “The Ringo” as exemplified in Hard Day’s Night.

  2. the spaz as done by Ian Curtis, Peter Murphy, and Iggy.

  3. Mr. Moderator

    I’m partial to “The Twist” because it’s one cool dance anyone can do, myself included.

  4. hrrundivbakshi

    I’ve seen Mockcarr in party mode, after a few libations. That man can indeed fully rock the Ringo!

  5. hrrundivbakshi

    I’d say virtually any of the “named” dances from the 60s kick ass. Let me think on this — so many to choose from!

  6. hrrundivbakshi

    A partial list! Which of these sounds like a dance you’d most LIKE to see?

    Bunny Hop
    Finger Poppin’
    Bend It
    Bus Stop
    Big Bea (Frug)
    Mashed Potato
    Shoulder Shake
    Cavern Stomp
    Monkey Bird
    Funky Chicken
    Monkey Shine
    Harlem Shuffle
    Monkey Stroll
    Surf (Frug)
    Monkey Walk
    Surfer Stomp
    Bossa Nova
    Clapping Dance
    Boston Monkey
    Continental Walk
    Philly Walk
    Thunderbird (Frug)
    Bristol Hop
    Bristol Stomp
    Rebel Walk
    Ubangi Stomp
    Elephant Walk
    Limbo Rock (Limbo)
    Shadow Walk

  7. hrrundivbakshi

    Here’s a site with — once you get past the fluff at the top of the page — some excellent pictorial instruction:

    Meanwhile, I’m nearing my final choice…

  8. hrrundivbakshi

    It’s official! My fave dance move is…


    See Mike Love perform an excellent Monkey here, at mile marker 0:56:

  9. alexmagic

    I wasn’t aware that there was a dance that went along with Finger Poppin’ Time, but the song itself has a somewhat legendary status to me.

    My old man has told me a story multiple times about how a buddy of his got drunk and tried to climb the fence around the playground across the street from the bar they hung out at in South Philly, only to tear about half his finger off in the process. Once he got out of the hospital and back to the bar, they had Finger Poppin’ Time ready to play on the jukebox there.

    I presume his 9.5 fingers (which I did see, to verify the story) prevented him from doing the Finger Poppin’ in response to their musical tribute. He probably settled for a one or two-fingered variation.

    From the site HVB linked, does anyone have any details on The Philly or on The Philly Dog, The Philly Freeze, The Philly Horse, The Philly Jerk or The Philly Walk? I’d be interested to see what differentiated them from the standard versions of the dances.

  10. Thanks for the list, HVB, that really narrows it down. I saw Chubby Checker a few weeks ago at Phila City Hall ( and he did a medley of dance craze songs (Bus Stop, Mashed Potato, Hucklebuck, Fly, Pony and probably more) leading up to The Twist / Let’s Twist Again. Nobody twists it like the Chubber.

  11. There are two rules for dances that, by the 80’s, might have become mutually exclusive. Girls need to look sexy doin’ it and guys need to look dorky enough to make fun of.

    For the females, anything Madonna Still hot.

    And, for straight guys at least, we have what we used to call the Oscillate Wildly. (Dance @ 0:22 for those of you who can’t watch this kind of thing).

  12. ladymisskirroyale

    I’m a big fan of The Madison. It makes an appearance in 2 movies that I’m aware of (which couldn’t be more different): Goddard’s “Band A Part,” and Water’s “Hairspray.”

  13. ladymisskirroyale

    Can I just say that I SOOOOO want to see a video of one of you gents emulating the man in white in this video?:

    This is a great song and the video makes me laugh every time. The Bee’s “Chicken Payback.”

  14. ladymisskirroyale

    I would also finance some libations for anyone who attempts the Tighten Up:

  15. ladymisskirroyale

    For those of you of a certain age, remember The Hustle? All those seventh and eighth grade dances?

    This is the weirdest post of it I could find. How would our world be a different place if prisoners were expected to complete line dances as part of their penance?

  16. Great clip. Just for the record, I’d watch ’77 era Deborah Harry doing anything: cleaning, paying bills, breathing, etc. Simply put, there was no hotter woman alive at that time.

    Post more early Blondie clips.

    E. Pluribus

  17. Great clip. Just for the record, I’d watch ’77 era Deborah Harry doing anything: cleaning, paying bills, breathing, etc. Simply put, there was no hotter woman alive at that time.

    Well said, plurby. Plastic Letters is one of my favorite album covers of all-time for that very reason, though it’s my least favorite of their 1st 4 albums.

  18. sammymaudlin

    Oh man! Debby Harry on a pogo stick! Money shot.

    EP- Not sure any Debby Harry visual can top the one you posted in 2007.

    Ideal duration to boot!

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