Real Hot Bitches set world synchronised dance record
July 25, 2009 2:30 AM   Subscribe

Nationally famous (in New Zealand) dance troupe the Real Hot Bitches set the world record for synchronised dance. [SLYT]
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen (34 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

 
"This video is not available in your country due to copyright restrictions."
posted by effbot at 2:38 AM on July 25, 2009 [1 favorite]


I guess with 2800 participants you can't expect much, but that was pretty dreadful.
posted by unmake at 2:39 AM on July 25, 2009


For the record, the record for asynchronised dance was set in 1989. And 1996. And 2003.
posted by twoleftfeet at 3:08 AM on July 25, 2009 [1 favorite]


Leprechauns .
posted by Mblue at 3:15 AM on July 25, 2009


Epic!
posted by carter at 3:20 AM on July 25, 2009


Whoa... that's just... unwatchable!
posted by Anything at 3:35 AM on July 25, 2009


"This video is not available in your country due to copyright restrictions."

Consider it a fortuitous omen.

Let me break down the video and save everyone 10 minutes:

Haha, aren't we silly?
Haha, aren't we fabulous?
Haha, aren't we hilarious?
Haha, aren't we dramatic?

Cue actual dancing at 7 minutes of the same three dance moves. Pan to unsynchronized crowd twice. Flash text of breaking world record.


It's got the charisma of a tall white player in the NBA. In other words, it puts the "meh" in Mehmet Okur.
posted by Christ, what an asshole at 4:02 AM on July 25, 2009


"Synchronized" means something different in New Zealand than it does here.

Something to do with day-glo spandex.
posted by louche mustachio at 4:36 AM on July 25, 2009


For the record, the record for asynchronised dance was set in 1989. And 1996. And 2003.

You've kept track of all my dancing attempts?
posted by effbot at 4:39 AM on July 25, 2009


I guess if you were expecting genuine synchronized dance magic, it would be disappointing. But this is a pisstake. FWIW, I thought it was hilarious. Maybe it's an Australian/NZ thing? Their website is here.
posted by t0astie at 5:26 AM on July 25, 2009


tl;dw
posted by Bron at 6:01 AM on July 25, 2009


Time travel is possible! Obviously there is a worm hole from directly from New Zealand to the New Jersey shore in 1985. It appears only middle aged women and guys who wish they were are able to pass through.
posted by digsrus at 6:41 AM on July 25, 2009


Yeah, if that counts as synchronized dancing than an actual Bon Jovi concert should easily be able to beat it. The guy still fills stadiums.
posted by geekyguy at 6:51 AM on July 25, 2009 [1 favorite]


they do this on the plane naked except for paint, right?
posted by hypersloth at 7:08 AM on July 25, 2009


My heart was warmed by this magical tale of healing through dance. It's not every day you get shot through the heart by angels in brilliantly colored costumes.

Looks like someone is giving the British a run for the title of World's Best National Comedic Sense.
posted by Xoebe at 7:44 AM on July 25, 2009


As someone who loves to get dressed up in flashy clothes and dance wildly in the streets, (street festival outside my window today!) I found this to be the perfect summation of how both ridiculous and incredible the experience can be. The video walks the line-- Are they really having fun? Are they viciously skewering dancers? Parody/self-parody? The inappropriately awful music choice, and the extremely dated costumes had me worried that it would end like a Christopher Guest movie, pathetic people that you want to like, but just make you sad. But then they actually get a large audience who want to be silly with them, and the line is walked to the end. The triumph of having fun over looking cool!
posted by bitslayer at 8:19 AM on July 25, 2009


I am getting a serious Spinal Tap vibe from this video. One of the dancers just just described "You Give Love A Bad Name" as a "passionate song" about... "being shot through the heart"... and "someone giving love a bad name".

So yeah, I'm laughing my ass off right now.
posted by threetoed at 8:28 AM on July 25, 2009


Snark through the heart, and you're to blame,
darling, you give the internet a bad name...

posted by limmer at 8:46 AM on July 25, 2009


I love it that the day-glo spandex/scarves/headbands/big hair rock and ROLL! look from the eighties now works as parody without any exaggeration needed.
posted by longsleeves at 9:39 AM on July 25, 2009


I guess if you were expecting genuine synchronized dance magic, it would be disappointing. But this is a pisstake.

Well the editor was disappointed, or they would've let us see more than a few seconds of tightly shot participant dancing. That was a surprise. Clearly, the result was not good enough for them for us to watch.

Nice idea otherwise.
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 10:03 AM on July 25, 2009


Over 2800 Kiwis in one space, and no haka?

Is that possible? ;)

(Kia ora for this, i_am_joe's_spleen. Nice application of the "kiwiana" tag as well - a first in the history of Metafilter!)
posted by arachnid at 10:05 AM on July 25, 2009


I saw a smaller group of these lycramadons dance between bands at a Rat Vs Possum show in Melbourne just last week. Although I personally couldn't see any way to get around the sheer gobsmacking awfulness of it ( ~ enjoy it with irony? Nah; they were danceclass-serious, and made clear their genuine love for the powerpop. As spectacle? Too lengthy and unvaried. As feat of bravery? Mmmm...), a whole bunch of people watched with goofy nostalgiac grins on their faces. There was warmth in the room.

(And, for what it's worth, I can attest to the fact that there is no wall of irony with these people. They were wearing their spandex -- and their neon wristbands, and their hair like that -- all night.)
posted by Rumpled at 10:09 AM on July 25, 2009


best line: 'in the past we'd go to church, now we go to bitching.'
posted by msconduct at 10:10 AM on July 25, 2009


Addendum: I meant that there was no irony in their love of the music, or the genuine enjoyment they get from doing those dance moves. In the video, though, when they say stuff like "We need to heal the world. And we can do that through our dance" -- well, that's a pisstake you don't need to send to the lab.
posted by Rumpled at 10:16 AM on July 25, 2009


It is, in fact, true that New Zealanders all dress like that and that they revere the Real Hot Bitches as the pinnacle of precision choreography. Similarly, few people outside of New Zealand understand that in New Zealand Flight of the Conchords is considered Reality TV.

No one knows what would happen if New Zealanders were to discover irony. Perhaps some public spirited MeFite will go to New Zealand and spread the word one of these days. God knows how many jokes the poor benighted Kiwis have been missing all these years.
posted by yoink at 10:24 AM on July 25, 2009 [5 favorites]


First we used to go to church, now we go to bitchin'

These words could change your life.
posted by vanar sena at 10:39 AM on July 25, 2009 [1 favorite]


I remember Phish tried to break the same record in 99' with their 'Macarena" style dance, The Meatstick.

It failed. So did this video.
posted by weezy at 12:25 PM on July 25, 2009


(This is terrible.)
posted by zekinskia at 12:53 PM on July 25, 2009


I thought there might be "this is lame" remarks, I just didn't expect them to be about the dancing.
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen at 1:45 PM on July 25, 2009


Looks like someone is giving the British a run for the title of World's Best National Comedic Sense.

I'm guessing you're of German origin?
posted by PeterMcDermott at 2:14 PM on July 25, 2009


I just didn't expect them to be about the dancing.

Yes. It's a bit like showing someone Fawlty Towers and them saying "I don't think that hotel is very well managed!"

Ah well, one man's vegemite sandwich is another man's "Good god almighty, you seriously eat this crap?"
posted by yoink at 3:21 PM on July 25, 2009


I am from New Zealand and I have never heard of this.
posted by atmosphere at 9:26 PM on July 25, 2009


Oh, so it's like Flight of the Conchords - an exercise in patience-testing, with a middling payoff that's barely amusing unless you're baked?
posted by unmake at 11:51 PM on July 25, 2009


Ah, Barney's forever!
posted by Catch at 3:47 PM on July 26, 2009


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