Feb 122011

Following are two musical acts captured in rehearsal for a televised performance. Both acts feature dance steps in their musical performances. Your mission, should you choose it, is to compare and contrast rehearsal styles, with a focus on choreography, the dynamic among musicians, and so forth.

First, Dame Shirley Bassey, seen rehearsing and in interview on some German tv show:

Next, REM with Kate Pierson, rehearsing “Shiny Happy People” for their appearance on Saturday Night Live…after the jump!


  9 Responses to “Practice Makes Perfect: The Choreography of REM and Dame Shirley Bassey”

  1. ladymisskirroyale

    The step-ball-change, step-ball-change, shimmy, petulant hissy fit is the more classic choreography.

  2. Yeah, that hissy fit was the work of a real pro, wasn’t it?

  3. ladymisskirroyale

    Actually, the work of a real pro is the blue marabou bolero jacket.

  4. saturnismine

    Also, earning the title “Dame” is some pretty good work.

  5. saturnismine

    The Shirley Bassey stuff buys into the idea espoused by Krusty the Clown when he shows Bart around the television studios: “this is it, kid…this is where the magic happens.”

    The REM rehearsal is the thing you have to do after your early afternoon joint and before the limo ride to the restaurant where the label is paying the tab.

  6. mike stipe looks dreamy :}

  7. misterioso

    I gave it about 5 seconds–the REM. I can’t do it. That song, and everything about the group at that time, fills me with loathing.

  8. hrrundivbakshi

    Misterioso: we REACH!

  9. misterioso


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