Song 34 Moving Pictures/ Angry Dancing!

Moving Pictures - Never, 1984

'You can never never never never never never never never hide your heart! Don't ever, ever, ever, ever try! If you don't give your heart wings, you'll never, never, never, neeevver flyyyy!' Moving Pictures is an Australian band who never broke into the U.S. charts, in part because they signed with a record company that folded under them just as they were launching their first singles. They didn't even get paid for this song's inclusion in the Footloose soundtrack. Sad story, even if it is a terrible song. But hey, we're not here for the music, right? What are we here for? Angry dancing!!!

Yesterday's tune was a good example of why I like the 80s for its love of big drama and lack of irony. But today's offering shows just what kind of unspeakable horror unfolds when irony goes missing, and there's no inner critic to stop everyone and say: 'Wait a minute. This is kind of stupid, isn't it?' If you don't remember the 80s, you'll laugh at Kevin's dancin' fury here. If you do, that laughter's going to be tinged with profound embarrassment. Because you remember a time when you watched this, maybe with a crowd of people in a darkened theatre, and nobody laughed. You all just sat silently with your popcorn and drank it in: Kevin is angry. And so he must dance. Behold!

Couldn't resist adding the Flight of the Conchords' interpretation, from the last episode of the first series. Sometimes you just have to dance your rage and heartache away.

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