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January 25, 2010 7:14 PM   Subscribe

Iranian breakdancers circa 1991. (SLYT)
posted by loquacious (34 comments total) 19 users marked this as a favorite

 
We shall never defeat Iran, this proves it.
posted by HuronBob at 7:21 PM on January 25, 2010


می توانید این را لمس نمی
posted by lord_poopington at 7:23 PM on January 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


Whoa, this is great.
posted by Falconetti at 7:25 PM on January 25, 2010


می توانید این را لمس نمی


My last EKG looked much like this, they said I was going to die.
posted by HuronBob at 7:26 PM on January 25, 2010 [3 favorites]


I cannot freaking wait until the current 80s style fad passes and we can relive the 90s fashions again.
posted by gnutron at 7:27 PM on January 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


first thing i've posted to the blue since 2001.
posted by lord_poopington at 7:30 PM on January 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


How does it feel?
posted by ageispolis at 7:38 PM on January 25, 2010


Some observations:
Looks like a fun wedding!
Black fringe is underused in today's fashion.
Happy that the guy on crutches was dancing, then blown away when he did the handstand.
The man in purple and black is my new hero.

Great video, thanks loq.
posted by carsonb at 7:41 PM on January 25, 2010


On a related note, Persian hip-hop artist Shahin Najafi was supposed to be touring the U.S. in March, but ran into "visa issues".
posted by intermod at 7:51 PM on January 25, 2010 [3 favorites]


I am baffled. I may be naive about Iranian culture, but how were they exposed to hip hop and breakdancing? Isn't that kind of Western influence pretty shunned there? Especially as this was around the time of the first Gulf War. And the bride's wedding dress — that is as Western as it gets!
posted by Brittanie at 7:55 PM on January 25, 2010


Black fringe is underused in today's fashion.
There was me thinking that always has been and always will be a complete no-no.
Wonder if the lad on crutches was a war vet or if it was just the result of busting a move too far at a previous wedding?
posted by Abiezer at 7:56 PM on January 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


Brittanie -- Satellite TV.
posted by empath at 8:00 PM on January 25, 2010


If you click through on the right side to "Cocaine party in Iran", be prepared for the merguezfest of the century.
posted by Inspector.Gadget at 8:00 PM on January 25, 2010


The rug was a bad call.
posted by christhelongtimelurker at 8:21 PM on January 25, 2010


If you click through on the right side to "Cocaine party in Iran", be prepared for the merguezfest of the century.

The sad part is that I could id the track off the top of my head and own the vinyl (DJ Yakooza - Cocaine (Scot Project remix)
posted by empath at 8:53 PM on January 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


Awesome!!

(I would say it was from exactly 1991- either December 10th, or October 12th, depending on the date format of their camcorder.)
posted by drjimmy11 at 9:03 PM on January 25, 2010


Isn't that kind of Western influence pretty shunned there?

Besides the aforementioned satellite tv, Iran has a fairly secular, very intellectual middle class. It may be run by Islamists, but it's not Saudi Arabia by any stretch. The reason the opposition was able to get so much traction in the recent election is that the Iranian people, young people especially, are really sophisticated and really tired of being oppressed.
posted by drjimmy11 at 9:09 PM on January 25, 2010 [2 favorites]


This is such a fan-fucking-tastic video... holy shit.
posted by spiderskull at 9:15 PM on January 25, 2010


I am baffled. I may be naive about Iranian culture, but how were they exposed to hip hop and breakdancing? Isn't that kind of Western influence pretty shunned there? Especially as this was around the time of the first Gulf War. And the bride's wedding dress — that is as Western as it gets!

Well, number one, they're popping to electro (and synthpop!), which in the west had long since given way by '91 in favour of a more bombastic running-man kind of thing to sample-heavy hiphop.

(As for the rest of that question, I can really only speculate based on Persepolis, and I'm sure there are better authorities on the subject, so I won't go there.)
posted by Sys Rq at 9:15 PM on January 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


I think the one in the fringe is a young Ahmadinejab.

first thing i've posted to the blue since 2001.

Almost a decade and this is what gets your attention? Welcome back.
posted by Edward L at 9:18 PM on January 25, 2010


By the way, if you're watching this, please please make sure you watch it at least until 5:47.
posted by spiderskull at 9:19 PM on January 25, 2010


Where can I catch up on the MeFi etiquette? I'm already out of line, I can just sense it.
posted by lord_poopington at 10:16 PM on January 25, 2010


Where can I catch up on the MeFi etiquette? I'm already out of line, I can just sense it.

You're probably over-thinking it. Welcome back.

However, I'm curious if you're going to translate the phrase posted in what I assume is Farsi. I'm hoping it translates to "Yo, block party tonight. Bring a rug so you can cut it."
posted by loquacious at 10:50 PM on January 25, 2010


How do we know that this wasn't filmed in Beverly Hills?
posted by Kraftmatic Adjustable Cheese at 10:53 PM on January 25, 2010


Or how do we know it isn't 2010, and they just couldn't set the date on their aged camcorder? Dude in the purple can POP!
posted by Lukenlogs at 11:00 PM on January 25, 2010


How do we know that this wasn't filmed in Beverly Hills?

Because Beverly Hills is smack dab in the middle of the Jewish Quarter and Wilshire District of LA?

Because most of the Persians in LA live in Glendale?


Err, actually, you're right. I have no idea. For all I know they filmed this in Laural Canyon at a particularly early retro 80s party.
posted by loquacious at 11:00 PM on January 25, 2010


Laural Canyon

Laurel Canyon
posted by Kraftmatic Adjustable Cheese at 11:43 PM on January 25, 2010


However, I'm curious if you're going to translate the phrase posted in what I assume is Farsi. I'm hoping it translates to "Yo, block party tonight. Bring a rug so you can cut it."

Can't touch this, basically.
posted by lord_poopington at 11:47 PM on January 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


Some perspective from someone who was born and raised (until the age of 18) in Iran:

- This video started spreading in the Persian blogosphere and facebook scene a couple of month ago. What may be interesting to you is that to me and my middle-class friends, this was probably as strange and alien as it is to you. Now, we are not LA style millionaires. Back when I was in Iran, we didn't live in Niavaran or Tajrish or other Northern parts. We lived in the center of Tehran. My mom used to be a school teacher, and my dad was a senior engineer. We were pretty much middle class.

- The people in this video are not middle-class. Having a wedding (wich is a very very big deal in Iran) in such a small room and the look of the furniture tells me that they are pretty poor. My guess would be either factory workers from the suburbs of Tehran or farmers from a smaller town. They are also very conservative. Note that not only all the women have Hijab, they are also sitting in a separate section of the room from the men. This is not common at all in the more secular middle-class family gatherings.

- This video is the kind of wedding you commonly see in Iran's middle-class (both Tehran and other large cities). Note the mixture of women with and without Hijab. Also, both men and women are dancing.

- What is absolutely baffling to me about the OP's video is the odd mixture of religious conservatism with snippets of modern Western culture. Combination of break dancing and not allowing women to dance in front of the men. It is such an odd combination, and it is very wide spread through Iran. Reminds me to my visit to a very very poor village near the border of Turkey. The villagers (more honestly, smugglers) did not have an indoor bathroom. What they did have was a satellite TV with 100+ channels.

lord_poopington: Did you get that through a translator, or maybe someone with very poor Persian? The phrase you are looking for is:
نمیشه به این دست بزنی
posted by lenny70 at 1:21 AM on January 26, 2010 [10 favorites]


A translator with very poor Persian it seems, I can only speak English and Spanglish.
posted by lord_poopington at 1:49 AM on January 26, 2010


I dub this move the AK!

Strange to think that the baby in the video is about 18 years old now.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 5:17 AM on January 26, 2010


Or how do we know it isn't 2010

Because an underground Iranian party in 2010 would involve more MDMA and naked girls filmed on a iPhone.
posted by Pollomacho at 7:02 AM on January 26, 2010


> either December 10th, or October 12th

If they were breakdancing Iranian mathematicians, it wouldn't matter, seeing as how DEC(10) == OCT(12).

I'm here all week, try the veal.
posted by mjg123 at 8:03 AM on January 26, 2010 [2 favorites]


the odd mixture of religious conservatism with snippets of modern Western culture.

That's what makes it so good. Rural vs urban. Conservative vs modern. East vs West. So many divisions creates irony = art.
posted by stbalbach at 8:44 AM on January 26, 2010


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