Why do we love watching older men dance? You're probably thinking, "What the huh?!" but some of our favorite music videos feature bizarre and lengthy shots of a strutting senior's solo. And according to YouTube views, we are loving every step.
Maybe it's their lack of inhibitions; perhaps it's because they remind you of that embarrassing wedding video of your dad doing the "running man" (my father, to no one's surprise, broke his wrist doing so). It appears as though music video makers have caught wind of our love for these grapevining geezers, and we're finding no reason to complain. So in honor of these foolishly admirable gentlemen, let's take a look at some of our favorites...
Fatboy Slim - "Weapon Of Choice" (2001)
When he ain't Walken, he's Dancin'. Back in 2001, when Fatboy Slim released the legendary "Weapon Of Choice" music video, the toe-tapping, 57-year-old Christopher Walken deviated against white man's age-old rhythmic disability. Unfortunately, it was only a flicker of hope, considering at 25, I still can't quite figure out the Electric Slide.
The Black Keys - "Lonely Boy" (2011)
Derrick T. Tuggle, an actor/musician/part-time security guard/full-time Rennaissance man, was originally one of more than 40 extras featured in The Black Keys' "Lonely Boy" music video. Apparently, Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney share our admiration of solo dancin' dudes, and they focused their lenses on Tuggle. It was entirely freestyle, and delightfully imperfect.
Just yesterday, two notable artists set loose new music videos featuring some pretty impressive rhythmic protagonists.
Disclosure - "White Noise" ft. AlunaGeorge
The UK duo of producing brothers, Disclosure, focused their pulsing tempo on a security guard (from Michigan, so says his Starter Jacket). This guy grooves away his problems in an abandoned warehouse, a la Kevin Bacon in Footloose
Frightened Rabbits - "Backyard Skulls"
Listening to Frightened Rabbit's latest album Pedestrian Verse
, through all of its melancholic themes, the last thing you're going to imagine is a break-dancing janitor. And that's precisely why their latest music video for "Backyard Skulls" is so compelling. Listening to the album, which is full of universally grim themes like homelessness and addiction, can put you in a pretty dark place. This video is a generous reminder that in order to make it through all life's shittiness, sometime's you just gotta smile and cut a fucking rug. Thanks Frightened Rabbit.