You Make Me Feel Like…

Village People, YMCA single coverI’ve never been much of a dancer.

There are more than a few reasons for that.

General lack of coordination.

Near complete lack of interest in getting better coordinated for dancing.

These days, lack of desire in general.

And even when I was hitting the dance floor on a regular basis, I can’t really say anything particularly graceful ever happened. Not on purpose, at least.

My theory has always been, “Yeah, I look ridiculous. Just like most of the other people out here.”

But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a tune or two that pulls me toward that space where all the spinning lights are…

A song that makes you want to dance

As I’ve mentioned before, I was born in the 70s. That means I remember all of the 80s and a wee bit of the 70s. To the point: I remember when disco was the thing. Solid Gold was on TV every Saturday (even though I really didn’t watch it) and Saturday Night Fever was still fresh in the public’s mind.

Pretty much any show on TV in that time, at one point or another, touched on the whole disco thing (also on the heavy metal/hard rock thing… but that’s another story) and it was on the radio all the time. All. The. Time.

I’m not really a fan of disco.

But, dammit, if it isn’t fun. Especially the kind of crappy stuff that was overplayed. Over the decades, it’s become more of a parody. Or, at least, referential to silly things (thanks to how it’s been used in movies and TV shows over the years).

It’s also got an infectious beat. And some of the most ear-wormy hooks outside of a Disney tune.

Try as I might, much like Kevin Klein’s In and Out character, I just can’t help it. And it looks just as ridiculous.

Especially when The Village People’s YMCA comes on.

Because you know you’ve got to spell it out with your arms.

Runners Up

  • Rob Zombie, Dragula – Sometimes you just need to thrash about a bit. I find anything by Zombie (Rob or White) works well for that. Granted, that usually means I can’t move my neck the next day… but it’s usually worth it.
  • Fatboy Slim, Weapon of Choice – I first saw the video to this one on a TV at a Hard Rock Cafe. With the sound off. I had no idea what was going on and had to track it down after the fact. It’s a wonderful bit of Walken, if nothing else.
  • Rick James, Superfreak – Or, really, anything suitably funky. A bit more gritty than disco, but equally irresistible dance floor draw.
  • OK Go, Here it Goes Again – I could add a number of other songs to this list, but I’ll just stop with this one. Because it’s got an awesome video. An awesome video that you’ll never see me trying to reenact, because I don’t want to end up in the hospital.
About Kier

I've been on the web since about 1994. I have a background in a lot of things, including a five year stint as a journalist and over a decade of helping people get their message out to the world.

I write on a number of subjects--everything from relationships to personal development to politics and every day life. I hope you get something worthwhile out of it.

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