Posts Tagged ‘ music ’

MACARENA

I use to hang my head in shame everytime the dance floor broke out into this piss-poor excuse of a choreographed dance.

Macarena is a Spanish dance song by Los del Rio about a woman of the same name. Appearing on the 1994 album “A Mi Me Gusta”, it was an international hit between 1995 and 1996 and continues to have a cult following.

It was ranked the “#1 Greatest One Hit Wonder of all Time” by VH1 in 2002.

 

The song uses a type of clave rhythm. The song ranks at #5 on Billboard’s All Time Top 100.

It also ranks at #1 on Billboard’s All Time Latin Songs.

It is also Billboard’s #1 dance song and one of five foreign language songs to hit #1 since 1995’s modern rock era began.

As much as the Macarena made me gag (especially the Christmas version – released 1996) it still deserves props and a rightful place in the 90s hall of fame.

Advertisements

DANCE DANCE REVOLUTION

Ahhh the original DDR! Remember when it only cost $2 to play?

Dance Dance Revolution (abbreviated DDR) is a music video game series produced by Konami. Introduced in Japan in 1998 then released in North America and Europe in 1999,

DDR is the pioneering series of the rhythm and dance genre in video games. Players stand on a “dance platform” or stage and hit colored arrows laid out in a cross with their feet to musical and visual cues.

Players are judged by how well they time their dance to the patterns presented to them and are allowed to choose more music to play to if they receive a passing score.

Dance Dance Revolution has been given much critical acclaim for its originality and stamina in the video game market. There have been dozens of arcade-based releases across several countries and hundreds of home video game console releases.

The series has promoted a music library of original songs produced by Konami’s in-house artists and an eclectic set of licensed music from many different genres.

 

My favorite tracks were “Butterfly” and “Boom Boom Dollar” prolly because they were on basic mode and I can actually finish the whole song without failing.

One time I was at the arcades dancing to “Bumblebee” and it was too hardcore for me I fell off the platform. Soo embarassing especially when you have an audience.

I was smart enough to know that I don’t have the co-ordination to even attempt “Paranoia.”

THE RUNNING MAN

A true dancefloor icon performed by every Gen Yer while watching MTV.

The Running Man is a street & fad dance that originated in late 1986 early 1987 and was performed most notably by MC Hammer and Vanilla Ice during their live concert shows and music videos.

It achieved  renewed popularity in the early naughties and has inspired the Melbourne Shuffle dance style. It consists of a hopping or sliding step done in such a way at speed to simulate a runner.

2008 saw the re-release of “Something Good” by the Utah Saints. The video set in 1989, comically suggests that the Running Man craze started in Cardiff, Wales. It features many people dancing the Running Man and ends with the “rights” to the dance being signed over to MC Hammer under duress.

The Running Man dance is also popular in PS Home for PlayStation 3 where people line their avatars up in long train lines and perform the dance.

Will Smith performed the running man in Drums and dance as his old title, Fresh Prince.

 

Who cares about the booty pop this was the ultimate way to impress the guys… haha must explain why I’m single.

DISCMAN

Let’s rewind back to the time when iPods didn’t exist and they invented the craziest thing ever, a portable CD player (used to play compact discs).

Prior to the development of the CD, cassette tapes were the dominant form of audio storage in regards to the then-fledgling portable audio industry.

Sony had revolutionized the way in which music could be enjoyed with the introduction of the first portable music player, the Walkman. With this portable unit, music was able to accompany a person anywhere it went. Gone were the restrictions of a stationary player.

The Walkman became part of culture and even part of fashion. As Sony began to realize the potential of the CD, executives pushed for a means to give the CD player market momentum, moving it from audio enthusiasts to the mainstream.

Discman was the product name given to Sony’s first portable CD player, the D-50.

One of the major problems with the early Discman was something called skipping. Skipping consists of the laser inside the CD player temporarily losing its place on the CD, interrupting playback.

The basic features of a portable CD player are:

  1. Play/Pause
  2. Stop
  3. Rewind
  4. Fast forward
  5. Hold (some models)
  6. Liquid crystal display
  7. Headphones

The play and pause feature allows the user to pause in the middle of the track (song) and resume it at the same place the listener left off at once the play button is hit again.

The stop feature stops the track allowing the user to then switch tracks easily.

The fast forward and rewind feature will either fast forward or rewind the track the amount of time you hold the button down.

The liquid crystal display provides a visual of how much battery is left, what track (number) is currently playing, and the amount of time elapsed on the track.

The headphones solely function to amplify the music so it can be heard.

I can’t begin to imagine how many batteries I’ve went through to keep up with my slow jams and top 40 addiction.

Not only that but how about the manual labour you had to go through just to change CDs and make sure you had your favourites stocked in glove compartment or in your back pack.

Arghh the skipping! No way you could’ve jogged with that bulky thing.

As much as I love and respect 90s technology I still can’t live with my iTunes [hugs PC monitor]. 

Advertisements