Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Chicken Noodle Soup



Continuous prodding from countless friends and my younger siblings has led me to offer a brief thread on the “Chicken Noodle Soup”, the newest dance craze that has engulfed New York City’s urban youth. The contemporary “Harlem Shake”, the Chicken Noodle Soup has become that dance which only the agile and physically inclined should even attempt. Horizontal jumping combined with quick, angular elbow movement have created a step that leads me to consider the demise of urban dance.

Certainly, a fundamental problem exists when grinding upon the stranger within nearest proximity and leanin’ and rockin’ wit’ it are the most acceptable forms of dance at social gatherings. As neither requires much skill, I’m annoyed when I find club patrons doing either because it demonstrates that they are neither adventurous nor creative enough to express themselves in an alternative physical manner.

Oh, how I long for the late 80’s to early 90’s, where choreographed dance reminiscent of Kid ‘N Play was both applauded and respected by partygoers. Were Brother Smartness and I to even attempt to perform our choreographed two-step --yes, we have a choreographed two-step--we’d instantly be shown mean mugs and gangster grills.

But why?

Is there no longer a place for arranged dance at social gatherings? After all, the electric slide gets any family occasion of mine poppin’ as Chris Brown suggested. I suspect the reason for this dance decline stems from the mass appropriation of hip-hop culture in general, which has become a lazy corporate device catered towards the masses.

Dumbed down lyrics call for dumbed down dances. Looks like I’ll be snapping my fingers for a while.

3 comments:

Brother Spotless said...

Heavy D is one of the most overlooked artists of said era. Let's bring him back!!

Brother Smartness said...

Let
it
rain

Clear
it
out

Let
it
rain

Now
Clear
it
out

Chicken Noodle Soup
Chicken Noodle Soup

Brother Smartness said...

The words are simple and yet so complex in their simplicity.