How to dance like the robot in party rock anthem

Dancing with a box on my head |

A long long time ago, I was in a rock band for a few years. We practiced regularly, worked the local bar circuits, acquired some loyal fans, and came up with some pretty darned good tunes. I even let my hair grow to some really amazing lengths. Unfortunately, none of it was good enough. It’s a hyper-competitive business, and we were missing some indefinable thing. Was it work ethic? We had that by the truckload. Talent? Far worse musicians have had far greater success. Looks? We might have been a bit weak in that department. Great hair? C’mon, get real, we were lock stars.

Regardless, we eventually realized that commercial success was either unattainable or very far into the future. We weren’t hitting the right button, and perhaps we didn’t even know where the right button could be found.

Fast forward a decade or two, when a hip-hop/electronic dance group by the name of LMFAO enjoyed some fleeting success with the catchy tune, “Party Rock Anthem. ” The infectiousness of the song was played upon in their video, which featured clever references to modern-day “outbreak” movies such as 28 Days Later. Their videos and stage performances also featured a unique character known as the “Shuffle Bot,” which, well, was basically a guy with a box on his head dancing around. I’ll just wait here a minute while you Google it.

I envied the Shuffle Bot. He wasn’t much to look at, but he carried himself well. His attire was golden, his box-head was symmetrical and oversized just the right amount. His box-eyes were large and somehow full of life, and his box-mouth, while neither turned up nor down, seemed so happy. He was surrounded by talented people and he clearly knew it.

I imagined how satisfying his life must be: instantly recognizable, yet no one really knew him. Undoubtedly making a good living, without having to do a whole lot. Bouncing and twitching around, generally looking happy and golden, while those around him did all the heavy lifting. Kind of like Justin Trudeau, I guess.

Go back a couple decades again, when Bon Jovi released one of the all-time greatest rock anthems, You Give Love a Bad Name. I won’t wait for you to Google it, because we all know it, and we’re all hearing it in our minds right now. My apologies for doing that, but at least it wasn’t Nickelback (oops, I did it again). I swear I never belted it out loud (really, never), but whenever I heard it played, I also felt some envy, this time for what I called the Bracket Guy.

The Bracket Guy screeched out “bad name” every time Jon Bon Jovi finished singing, “you give love a bad name (bad name).” Everyone knows that part, and everyone can screech it about as well as the guy that did screech it. I have no idea what else that guy did, and if I did my research I’m sure I’d learn he’s actually quite talented. I suppose I could Google it, but who has time for that? The point is, he too was surrounded by people way more talented than him, he too enjoyed the riches of his band’s popularity, and all he had to do was screech out the same accusatory mantra. Kind of like Doug Ford, I guess.

Perhaps this means that talent isn’t necessarily a prerequisite for success. Certainly, we’ve all scratched our heads over the years: Milli Vanilli, Britney Spears, anything Kardashian, college admissions, Jagmeet Singh, Sam Oosterhoff. How do you get there? How do you get to that sweet spot where input yields disproportionate amounts of reward? Hard work? Determination? Luck? Or just coming up with that perfect little thing at the perfect time?

Perhaps it’s more accurate to say that talent isn’t always obviously visible. The Shuffle Bot was a fellow by the name of Andrew Furr, a DJ, dancer and rapper. He won a contest to secure a place with a dance crew who had also won a contest to join LMFAO. You can debate the definition of “talent” when it comes to various genres, but Mr. Furr did have to rise above the rest. He had to prove himself to secure the right to wear that box on his head and get paid darned good money to do so. Yes, I Googled it, and yes, I wish I could get paid to dance with a box on my head.

As for Bon Jovi, love them or hate them, nobody can argue their commercial success. They didn’t achieve it overnight. They worked hard for it, and underneath the catchy lines and amazing hair was a base of determination and musical ability.

So what about all those politicians, the rich kids getting into Harvard, the Vanillis and Spears and Kardashians of the world? Meh. I’m instinctively distrustful of the whole lot. Maybe they poured in tons of time and talent and sacrifice. Maybe if I worked hard enough, honed my talents further, and put in more time, I could get to the same lofty perch. Or maybe I’ll just put a box on my head and start dancing and screeching. ♦

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How “Party Rock Anthem” Broke More Than A Billion Views

There are music videos that have become so popular that they’ve set trends in media, fashion, or even internet memes. Due to the internet, this past decade has seen many music videos being popularized all over social media.

One such song, which was and still is popular, is LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem.” This song in itself saw the trend of the shuffling dance move. These are the reasons why LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem” has over a billion views on the band’s YouTube channel.

1. LMFAO is known for having flashy style.

LMFAO is known for having flashy fashion attire in their music videos. Their music videos usually are in the pop music genre and are very upbeat and catchy. LMFAO uses beats that are very fast paced and have a party feel. Their music is very creative and energetic, as they combine their unique vocals with unforgettable beats.

Below is an example of this.

2. Their energetic videos attract more viewers.

LMFAO’s music videos are extremely entertaining. Their videos are comedic and energetic, which attracts viewers to their channel. LMFAO’s music videos have details that pertain to their song lyrics. They use flashy backgrounds and dancers in their videos as well, which gives it a particular dance music feel.

Below is an example of their music video presentation.

3. Their dancing makes viewers want to move.

LMFAO’s music videos wouldn’t be as awesome as they are if it weren’t for their dancers and dance moves. The music videos show many creative dances from the many people featured in the.

The choreography for “Party Rock Anthem” ended up setting a trend with its quirky characters, such as the robot guy, and it got everyone doing the classic shuffling dance move. The shuffle became so popular following the music video that some dancers even branded themselves as professional “shufflers.”

Below is the music video for “Party Rock Anthem.”

These are the reasons why LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem” has over a billion views currently. Their musical style and creativity have entertained viewers and attracted people to their music. Their music video presentation and dancers in their videos have set trends and popularized their own brand of pop music.

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Reshad Waziri is currently a student and follows various social media trends. He listens to mostly electronic music and trip-hop. His hobbies include playing basketball, photography, and reading.

Places in Moscow where you can have fun with rock and roll

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Imagine Cafe

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Glastonberry Pub Club

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Rock and Roll Bar

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Hard Rock Cafe

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Let's Rock Bar

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Hard Rock Cafe 18+

Hard Rock Cafe is a giant stronghold of rock fans. The Hall of Fame contains items from famous musicians: Jimi Hendrix's stage coat, Paul Stanley's guitar, a page from Buddy Holly's diary, and other valuable items. In addition to live concerts in the evenings, the Hard Rock Cafe hosts nightly rock and roll discos.

st. Arbat, 44
Cafe Rhythm and Blues 18+

Cafe Rhythm and blues was founded by Stas Namin, Andrey Makarevich and Valery Meladze. The music menu includes classics of blues, jazz, funk, soul and, of course, rock and roll. Here, even the walls “scream” about the drive and the loose atmosphere of the 70s: they are decorated with old photographs, records and clippings from magazines of that time. The cafe is notable for the fact that it was visited by the Rolling Stones.

trans. Starovagankovsky, 19, building 2
"Rock and Roll Bar" 18+

Bar, cafe, club

"Rock and roll bar" is open around the clock and offers guests a very high-quality selection of songs of the appropriate style. Every night there are discos with dancing until you drop, on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays they give live music concerts. According to guests' opinions, the spirit of America of the 60s reigns in the "Rock and Roll Bar" with thundering rock and unbridled fun.

st. Sretenka, 1
Imagine Cafe

Imagine Cafe is the successor of the Crisis of the Genre club, which was a legend in the musical life of Moscow. According to the owners, all the best of the former establishment remains here, only the portrait of John Lennon has shifted from the far wall to the center. And no wonder: his song Imagine is a kind of cafe anthem.

st. Pokrovka, 16/16, building 1
Glastonberry Club

A club with such a name is a must for rock and roll bands. And they really perform to the delight of visitors. The club offers a professional venue with excellent sound and light, more than 300 concerts a year, a pleasant design in the style of old pubs and affordable prices.

1st Dubrovskaya st. 13A
Bobby Dazzler pub

On Saturdays in "Bobik" - frenzied dancing to the most rock and roll covers from the residents of the club. The repertoire includes about a hundred compositions of different musical styles: good old rock, Latino, disco, funk, hip-hop. Lively and provocative music will not leave guests indifferent and will surely captivate them to dance.

Kostyansky lane, 7/13
Bar DeFAQto 18+

In this positive place, cover bands with a rock repertoire regularly perform, and funk is often played on weekdays. The feature of the DeFAQto bar is “time capsules”. All the walls are hung with notes with the wishes of visitors, if it eventually came true - the guest is treated to a signature cocktail.

st. Bolshaya Lubyanka, 30/2
Let's Rock Bar

The walls of the bar are painted with cool drawings, and in terms of music, a consistently pleasant selection of different directions of rock has formed here. It gets especially hot on weekends, when concerts and DJ sets literally follow one after another. Sometimes the fun does not stop until dawn.

st. Kuznetsky Most, 4/3
Rock bar Bolivar

Hit punk rock like in the good old days, arrange a rock karaoke night, dance to covers of your favorite hits and wash it all down with a brutal cocktail with the taste of your favorite musical genres - something like this is going to be fun if you become a regular at Bolivar.

Potapovsky per., 5, building 2
Bar Bourbon Street

Are you looking for a place where an eternal holiday reigns and the sounds of music do not stop? The Bourbon Street bar fully justifies its name in honor of the most vicious street in New Orleans. Here they play blues, jazz and rock and roll, dance on the bar counters and have fun all night long.

trans. Bolshoi Zlatoustinskiy, 7, building 1

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Most popular clips of the 19990s: videos from U.N.K.L.E., Guns N’ Roses, Eminem, Nirvana

1. Rabbit in your Headlights



An iconic video not only for the mysterious U.N.K.L.E., but for the entire music industry of the 90s. You will remember the British ballad performed by Thom Yorke and the tense, gloomy video sequence from the first frames, viscous like thick ale.

2. November Rain

Guns N’ Roses


The main hitmakers of the early 90s were not making clips, but short films. This one is no exception - it runs 9 minutes and contains everything you need: guitars, leather jackets, love and death. Eminem boy bands and senile attempts of mastodons of rock.

4. Smells like teen spirit



A true 100% anthem for the lost generation of the early 90s. Pain, doubts, a feeling of uselessness - three chords and one chorus were enough for Cobain to change our idea of ​​​​music forever.

5. Vogue



The black-and-white masterpiece filmed for Madonna by David Fincher himself in the noir style, as expected, has become one of the most popular in the singer's career - when such magicians meet, it simply cannot turn out badly.

6. Don't Speak

No Doubt


An unknown band from California in 1995 blew up all the charts without exception with their autobiographical ballad about dying love - Gwen Stefani is unusually beautiful and fresh, and the video sequence is also beautiful as is the song. Coolio (feat. L.V.) AT 90th rap was read by tough guys from the outskirts, not whiny schoolchildren with smartphones. As a bonus, you can see the marvelous Michelle Pfeiffer in the video.

8. Freedom!’ 90

George Michael


One of George Michael’s most recognizable hits has found a truly worthy video incarnation – all the major supermodels of the decade are in the frame, stylish interiors and sophisticated sexuality spilled like milk in every frame of the clip. By the way, this is another work by Fincher.

9. Nothing Else Matters



Recognizable from the first chords, the song of the main pop metal band needs no introduction. James Hetfield's penetrating vocals and powerful guitar parts have become an endless soundtrack for the life of a huge army of fans of the group.

10. You Can't Touch This

MC Hammer


The once super-popular rapper, and later TV star, preacher and full-fledged meme made history with this light, unpretentious thing, the chorus of which, forever settled in our heads, will probably never come out of there.

11. Friday I'm in Love

The Cure


Legendary representatives of the new wave with their favorite hit about “Love on Fridays” and a funny, bright, like a good party video. Robert Smith and company, as expected, spawned crowds of imitators in the expanses of the post-Soviet space and became a reference point for such groups as Mumiy Troll and Agatha Christie.

12. I Will Always Love You

Whitney Houston


Perhaps the main song of the black pop diva Houston who left us untimely. Of course, everyone remembers the story of a principled bodyguard and an eccentric singer, but it is simply impossible to imagine it without this song.

13. Losing My Religion



The most authoritative and beloved R.E.M. with a song that made them global celebrities and trendsetters in music for many years to come. Echoes of this clip can be found in many other works of rock bands around the world.

14. Black Or White

Michael Jackson


A true hymn of friendship between nations, equality and peace, indivisible by race and denomination, from the King of Pop with Macaulay Culkin from the Home Alone era as a guest star.

15. The Kids Aren't Alright

The Offspring


Unbridled guys with funny hairstyles and loud guitars from California instantly filled all the screens of music channels and speakers of school discos - well, who didn't want to have the same cool time how are they?


Baby One More Time

Britney Spears


Let's just admit that it was in our lives.

17. I Don't Want to Miss a Thing



Another must-have number for all 90s school discos without exception. This time, the mood is romantic - the hysterical ballad Aerosmith still gives rise to a lot of memories of the first timid dance experiences with girls. Ice Ice Baby and incredibly wide, like sails, pants.

19. The Show Must Go On



The farewell song of the great Freddie Mercury. By the time of filming, Mercury's health no longer allowed him to participate in the filming himself, and it was decided to make the video in the format of a chronicle of the group's performances from 1980 to 1991.

20. I've got the power



We bet the German dance group Snap! you, of course, managed to forget it tightly, but remember the song and the video instantly. Just click on the link.

21. Enjoy the Silence

Depeche Mode


No one can "Enjoy the Silence" like with the world's top electronic artists. I wish this song and video would never end.

22. Anybody seen my baby?

The Rolling Stones


Forever young Mick Jagger, charming Angelina Jolie and Keith Richards on the roof of a New York skyscraper. Without a doubt one of the best clips of the decade.

23. My favorite game

The Cardigans


A cabriolet, a tattoo on the shoulder, desert landscapes of the southern states - a very successful clip for the then-beginners of The Cardigans, who started talking about just after this work.

24. One



The legendary Anton Corbijn's video for U2 became a classic almost immediately after the release of music channels - like the song that we sing along to every time we hear Bono vocals.

25. Give it away

Red Hot Chili Peppers


Raging chili peppers with their famous 1991 work that launched the California rock band's worldwide triumph.

26. Virtual Insanity



Jamiroquai's truly breakthrough video for the 1996 single, which became a real hit. The spectacle is still extremely fascinating.

27. Karmacoma

Massive attack


It is not easy to describe what is happening on the screen - it is better to see it once and plunge into the lace of dense beats of these British classics, like in a warm bath. If you haven't seen it yet, then fix the mistake - it's worth it.

28. One more time

Daft Punk


Grammy Award for best dance composition, bright as an aquarium with colorful fish, clip in the style of Japanese manga cartoons - the French Daft Punk definitely outdid themselves in that one already far from us 1997.

29. Bitter sweet symphony

The Verve


Favored by critics and crowds of fans, the British band The Verve with their imperishable "symphony". The reminder that you can change only for yourself, and not for someone else, is relevant to this day.

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