Monday, February 18, 2008


I've been thinking a lot the last couple of days about going to bars and dancing, how much time I spent on weekends through my 20s just getting stupid and sweaty then dragging myself off to a diner or home. Due in no small part to Reginald Shepherd's recent post at Harriet about dancing and remixes and because Brian's been talking about wanting to go out and dance, or as he says "shake my ass."

As much as I hated aspects of bar life at the time, I loved being in the middle of a bunch of people and just dancing (I almost said doing it, but that's another chapter of my life, best not gone into here.)

Last night in the middle of YouTubing other stuff, I came across the KLF/Tammy Wynette collaboration "Justified and Ancient." It did and does just make me feel goofy and happy and want to dance. The phrase "ancients of MuuMuu" just makes me smile. The video is also a great example of early-90s post-modernity in action: it's got a Wicker Man homage and everything but the kitchen sink (unlike that Go West song from the Pretty Woman soundtrack that DOES have everything and the kitchen sink, but alas no Wicker Man love.) But seriously--it's got Tammy Wynette in a crown! How the hell do ya beat that?


Collin said...

I cannot tell you how many nights I spent in clubs in the early 90s dancing my ass off to The KLF. Tammy was such a sport to do this. The lyrics make absolutely no sense, but she commits totally to the song. The beat, of course, is fab.

RJGibson said...

She's marvelous. I actually get goosebumps from her voice in places.

Pamela said...

Tammy rates that tiara!

Poet with a Day Job said...

Loving these retros vids...cracks me up! I am also a huge fan of the Wicker Man...the old one is so good - the new one wasn't half bad except for the insanity of the murderous man haters at the end. Not too subtle. But Nicolas Cage and his ridiculous teeth were terrific.

RJGibson said...

Pamela: Amen!

PWADJ: I love the original Wicker Man. So subversive in its clumsy way. As much as I like Neil LaBute I can't bear Nic Cage, so I've not seen the new version.