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Twist and Shout. And Twist. And Shout.
October 15, 2007 7:50 PM   Subscribe

Twist and Shout. Twist and Shout. Twist. Twist and Shout. Twist. Shout. Twist and Shout. Twist. Twist and Shout. Shout. Twist. Shout. Twist and Shout. Twist. Twist and Shout. Twist. Twist. Twist. Shout.

A simple twist of fate.
posted by flapjax at midnite (34 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite

 
I quit my elementary school chorus over the sexuality in this song which made me uncomfortable. Hahahahahahahahahahaahaha
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 8:07 PM on October 15, 2007


For a wondrous 10 seconds I thought you'd found a clip of Bob Dylan covering Twist and Shout. I could hear it in my head. Great song, mind you, Simple Twist of Fate.

Only 16 posts behind the king, flapjax!
posted by Kattullus at 8:13 PM on October 15, 2007


Yeah, lets twist again, like we did last summer.
posted by nola at 8:17 PM on October 15, 2007


Heh heh. I'll get there, Kattullus, I'll get there!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 8:22 PM on October 15, 2007


Don't miss Lambert, Hendricks and Ross' Twist City, Just a Little Bit of Twist, and, of course, Twisted.

(I am not cool and cannot find free links for these, however.)
posted by trip and a half at 8:26 PM on October 15, 2007


Good post. The "some film" in your 5th clip is "Twist" by Ron Mann (Canadian documentary filmmaker) which is an awesome film (and absolutely necessary in any post regarding this topic) about the origin of the dance and the Peppermint Lounge and he has interviews with all the original dancers and artists from the day, and they get up and dance it again. Great film.
posted by chococat at 8:27 PM on October 15, 2007


Cool, chococat, thanks for the info on that flick. Hope to catch that one sometime.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 8:29 PM on October 15, 2007


No prob. Also, that first clip is fascinating, never seen it. The dichotomy going on there is crazy...I would have been shitting in my pants to be not 6 inches away from the Beatles sweating on me and screaming the hell out of this great song, but these girls look like they're in their grandmothers' parlour or something.
Crazy.
The Shea footage just makes me laugh...how can you not...you can just see how they look at eachother like "what the FUCK!" Nothing like that has happened since, for sure.

And Isley Brothers kick ass. But it's apples and oranges, isn't it?
posted by chococat at 8:40 PM on October 15, 2007


The Shea footage just makes me laugh...how can you not...you can just see how they look at eachother like "what the FUCK!" Nothing like that has happened since, for sure.

Just wait until "High School Musical 2" goes on tour next year.
posted by Poolio at 8:44 PM on October 15, 2007


Schist and trout.
posted by Iridic at 8:45 PM on October 15, 2007 [1 favorite]


And, to really go through the looking glass, check out the Beatles playing "Shout" at 7:05 (this clip begins with "Twist and Shout" and includes a few other tunes. This is the only performance of "Shout" by the Beatles that I know of - although, come to think of it, maybe there's something on "Beatles at the Beeb".)
posted by fingers_of_fire at 9:02 PM on October 15, 2007


I shouted, I twisted.

Now what?
posted by Balisong at 9:07 PM on October 15, 2007


Shake it, baby.
posted by Brittanie at 9:11 PM on October 15, 2007


John Hughes' use of "Twist and Shout",

"There's a scene half-way through where Ferris gets up on the float and starts lip-synching to the Beatles' version of "Twist and Shout." Cheesy 80's hilarity ensues, but ya know, I loved this movie when I was younger. But I'd forgotten something -- in the montage of cuts between Ferris and his gf and the citizens of Chicago smiling and dancing, there's the recurring scene of about 15 black people dancing in perfect unision on a flight of stairs, wearing similar outfits. Thing is, they aren't part of the parade -- they're framed as being "naturally" inclined to burst into syncopated dancing and smiling and so on."

as discussed by bardic some time ago.
I hope this isn't considered a derail. If it is, sorry.
posted by bunglin jones at 9:11 PM on October 15, 2007


this just makes me wanna SHOUT
posted by seawallrunner at 9:18 PM on October 15, 2007


and listen to this
posted by seawallrunner at 9:19 PM on October 15, 2007


God, I get all giddy watching those clips and how much fun it looks like John and Georgie are having. I feel like dancing around my living room with the computer cranked to 11. Even Paul looked pretty cute. Too bad now he's turned into a puffy old grandmother.

(George was always my favorite.)
posted by Brittanie at 9:21 PM on October 15, 2007


Also, watching that Chubby Checker video just reminded me of my all-time favorite memory of my super straight-laced grandmother.

At my cousin's wedding they played oldies music during the reception, and I'll never forget her dragging my Pawpaw out on the dance floor when that song came on, and twisting all the way down to the floor and then back up again with him holding her hand. She was probably 60 or 61 at the time and it was the first time, ever, that I saw her let her hair down.

I've since found out she has a soft spot for Jerry Lee Lewis as well.
posted by Brittanie at 9:25 PM on October 15, 2007


Shout!
posted by Bonzai at 9:26 PM on October 15, 2007 [1 favorite]


Thanks, Flapjax. I just get chills watching old Beatles footage. Great post!

And to any youtube doubters, I say this: how would a post like this be possible without the tube? Yeah, youtube is lameness personified sometimes, but this is really powerful evidence that the web is a great resource, and video stashed thereon perhaps one of the greatest uses of the web.
posted by maxwelton at 12:46 AM on October 16, 2007


Us hot twits
posted by pracowity at 12:48 AM on October 16, 2007


Tristan Shout who seems to do what I believe the younger generation briefly referred to a "mash-ups."
posted by Abiezer at 2:41 AM on October 16, 2007


fingers_of_fire: You didn't think I'd leave the Beatles doing "Shout" out of this, didja? The very last link in the FPP (under the last Shout) is that very same performance of the song, from Ready Steady Go, but it's "Shout" only.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 2:42 AM on October 16, 2007


Even Paul looked pretty cute.

Well, he was billed as "the cute Beatle", after all.

Too bad now he's turned into a puffy old grandmother

Yeah, didn't anyone ever tell him "Die young, stay pretty"?
posted by flapjax at midnite at 2:48 AM on October 16, 2007


Dammit Daddy, it's called the Twist!
posted by naoko at 4:29 AM on October 16, 2007


My bad, your flapness! Thought I had worked through your links more thoroughly, I should have known that your posting prowess knows no limits!
posted by fingers_of_fire at 7:27 AM on October 16, 2007


I like John's little snide remark to the Queen. Punk rock!
posted by rosswald at 8:25 AM on October 16, 2007


Fantastic! I started with the Shangri-Las (who I always loved) and moved on to the Beatles. I look forward to investigating the others at my leisure.

The Shea footage just makes me laugh

Yeah, but it's a little scary too. You just know if the fencing hadn't been there all those crazed teenage girls would have overrun the cops, stormed the stage, and torn the Beatles into shreds, then lain around the infield clutching gobbets of flesh to their incarnadined sweaters and sobbing hysterically.
posted by languagehat at 9:16 AM on October 16, 2007 [1 favorite]


"incarnadined"!?! languagehat lives up to his name!
posted by fingers_of_fire at 9:54 AM on October 16, 2007


Oh. I thought you meant Twist and Shout.
posted by ancientgower at 11:23 AM on October 16, 2007


Incarnadine.
posted by languagehat at 11:52 AM on October 16, 2007


And.
And.
And.
And there may be many others but they haven't been discovered.
posted by cogneuro at 3:23 PM on October 16, 2007 [1 favorite]


Oh, I did find Annie Ross' terrific Twisted. You may be familiar with the Joni Mitchell or Bette Midler versions, but Annie's is the original and, IMHO, the best.
posted by trip and a half at 7:36 PM on October 16, 2007


Fantastic! I started with the Shangri-Las (who I always loved)...

You know, they really were pretty damn good, weren't they? Their version of Shout - the lead singer seems so completely comfortable with it. I think that gal had really internalized some black music vocal essence, there: it doesn't seem forced or grafted on. She was definitely there with it.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 8:08 PM on October 16, 2007


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