Walk It Out
July 9, 2007 9:19 PM   Subscribe

Can't sleep? Let Gwen Verdon and Bob Fosse treat you to a little Mexican Breakfast. Not spicy enough for you? Gwen'd be happy to Walk It Out instead. (YouTube)
posted by hermitosis (38 comments total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
While the world slumbers, I will be watching these over and over, completely hypnotized.
posted by hermitosis at 9:33 PM on July 9, 2007

Dude, I had this post ready to go earlier today but chickened out - god love ya. Walk it out, girls!
posted by tristeza at 9:37 PM on July 9, 2007

Huh? I don't understand what's so interesting about this. That's how I walk into my kitchen every morning. Doesn't everyone?

Flagged -- stop peering into my kitchen window, hermitosis. It's creepy.
posted by miss lynnster at 9:43 PM on July 9, 2007

Miss Lynnster, I just flagged your ass as fantastic.
posted by hermitosis at 9:44 PM on July 9, 2007

For maximum weirdness start sync the first video with the 4th Funkmaster Flex mp3 from earlier. Trust me.
posted by turing_test at 9:45 PM on July 9, 2007

posted by turing_test at 9:46 PM on July 9, 2007

wow, the different music TOTALLY changes the visual flavour of the dance. It's kind of mind blowing.

Or is it just because the walk it out one is sped up slightly?
posted by lastobelus at 9:56 PM on July 9, 2007

Not only that, at 4.36 you can see exactly how I undress every night.

Ahh, every little detail of my life is so theatrical and exciting.
posted by miss lynnster at 10:01 PM on July 9, 2007 [1 favorite]

Wow, this just made my night. I'm going back for seconds!
posted by rmless at 10:03 PM on July 9, 2007

Wow, miss lynnster, good call. Her performance from 4:36 on comes across as almost superhuman in intensity.

People wonder why so many gay people latch onto over-the-top female personas as icons. I think it's because they have a special fondness for someone demonstrating the ability to do something unusual with amazing talent AND have the guts to do it in front of the whole world. Who doesn't want to be someone so fantastically unself-conscious?
posted by hermitosis at 10:12 PM on July 9, 2007

I teach Kindergarten in suburbiaburg VA; the love of my life teaches 1st grade in Charlotte NC and must, on occasion, do so with an iron fist. When one of her more challenging charges Fosse-walked into line one day, she sent him back to his seat to try again...to which he replied, "Awww, Miss M, I'm just walkin' it out."

I take great pleasure in the idea that she can now inform him that he is "walkin' it" Tubbytronic-style.

...Of course, I still haven't quite recovered from the moment when one of my [five. year. old.] students posed the question, "Don't you wish your girlfriend was a freak like me?"
posted by unregistered_animagus at 10:21 PM on July 9, 2007 [1 favorite]

I love how the notes are all "From a 60's TV show". Just a little show called "Ed Sullivan", y'all.
posted by padraigin at 10:30 PM on July 9, 2007

Those empty voids creep closer and closer. OH GOD THEY DON'T HAVE EYES.
posted by pantsrobot at 11:26 PM on July 9, 2007

Not only do I saunter into the kitchen to make breakfast in this fashion, I sleep in the pantsuit and burst out of bed while the theme from Maude shakes the house. Right after the "Right On Maude" line, I shriek "WAAAAAAALTER!" at my bleary eyed husband (Steve), which invariably causes him to break down in pre-coffee tears.

And that, ladies, is how one controls a household with a shimmying, velvety fist.
posted by maryh at 11:39 PM on July 9, 2007 [4 favorites]

Rock on, maryh. Rock on.
posted by miss lynnster at 11:55 PM on July 9, 2007

It has that perfect, brilliant creepiness of the Christopher Walken tap dancing video.
posted by stavrogin at 12:22 AM on July 10, 2007

hermitosis: that was the sleeper hit of my mefi day.

Sadly, YouTube has no love for Two Lost Souls. My Lola itch goes unscratched.

All this talk about Gwen vamping brings to mind how that whole movie, despite the plot and her characterization to the contrary, seems to revolve around her keeping the chops in check.

In school, my girls and me did "A Little Brains, A Little Talent," in drama class, and watching it from the movie now, it's cute but va-va-voomless!! It's an inspiring own-it song - a song born to drag! Those restrained Fosse shimmies and sleek costumes frustrate me. I guess that's why they invented Bette Midler.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 1:19 AM on July 10, 2007

pretty sure this is the best thing ever.
posted by revfitz at 2:39 AM on July 10, 2007

If they are so good, how come they weren't in the Rat Pack?
posted by Postroad at 5:23 AM on July 10, 2007

This is fucking fantastic.
posted by Henry C. Mabuse at 6:32 AM on July 10, 2007

I'm so glad this has been appreciated; I hovered over the post button for some time, imagining how I might defend it if it turned out that all the awesomeness was in my head. Posting after midnight during a heat wave is like Russian Roulette.
posted by hermitosis at 6:36 AM on July 10, 2007

This and the funkmaster flex post reminded me, though I don't need reminding how much I love hip hop
posted by Rubbstone at 6:47 AM on July 10, 2007

Excellent. The music reminded me of (and was possibly ripped off from) Quincy Jones' "Soul Bossanova," which is sampled by Dream Warriors on their 1990 track "My Definition of a Boombastic Jazz Style," the video of which I just had to go find on YT.
posted by googly at 7:43 AM on July 10, 2007

Yeah, I've posted a few of those myself... I'm familiar with that hopeful dread where you know people are either going to embrace the wackiness with you or they're going to indignantly bitch you out for not posting "the best of the web." Ugh.

So good job, hermitosis. I salute you.
posted by miss lynnster at 9:54 AM on July 10, 2007

"I just flagged your ass as fantastic."

careful hermitosis, miss l doesn't like it when you mention her body. Trust me on this.

(groovy post!)
posted by vronsky at 10:36 AM on July 10, 2007

Now I just need to see some hip hop dancers jamming to Herb Alpert.
posted by rouftop at 11:11 AM on July 10, 2007

hermitosis is my Mefi gay best friend, though. It's his JOB to tell me how fantastic my ass is. Fabulous & fierce, even.
posted by miss lynnster at 11:56 AM on July 10, 2007

Or find Peyton Manning getting down to Herb Alpert on Saturday Night Live earlier this year.
posted by 100watts at 11:58 AM on July 10, 2007

hermitosis is my Mefi gay best friend, though.

Um, no, hermitosis is MY MeFi gay best friend. But lots of people here are incredibly gay, I"m sure you'll find another.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 12:01 PM on July 10, 2007 [1 favorite]

Is this a bad time to confess that actually I'm straight and married? To Ambrosia Voyeur?
posted by hermitosis at 12:04 PM on July 10, 2007

Shush, hermie! I won't beard for you if you don't behave! Now, zip me up, darling.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 12:18 PM on July 10, 2007

Okay fine. Maybe dirtynumbangelboy is available to tell me my ass is fantastic.
posted by miss lynnster at 12:28 PM on July 10, 2007

mmph lmmffsumph yoaaahhmph aaahhhmmmff iff ffamphhlmmf!!

Whoa there, Bonnie! No belly dance tonight if you don't settle!

miss lynnster, my ass... mind of her own, I tell ya... says your ass is fabulous. And she considers herself something of an expert. Stuck-up, really.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 12:39 PM on July 10, 2007

Important to have a fantastic ass now, because after Peak Oil we'll all be commuting by burro.
posted by hermitosis at 12:45 PM on July 10, 2007

Say it ain't so, AV! What's become of your principles, of our big stand? Marrying someone gay doesn't make it gay marriage, you know. Also, does this mean you're moving out? And are we still on for lunch?
posted by contraption at 12:47 PM on July 10, 2007

After Peak Oil there'll be thousands of beefy rig workers looking for work and it's only four for a palanquin.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 2:07 PM on July 10, 2007 [1 favorite]

*sniff* It's... beautiful.
posted by hermitosis at 6:03 PM on July 16, 2007

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