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Thursday, January 05, 2006
"He's a cold-hearted snake; look into his eyes! Oh ooh... he's been tellin' lies."

It has come to my attention that not everyone is as pop-culturally aware as I, and there is a bit of confusion regarding that infamous dance move-- The Snake. Allow me to clarify:

How best to explain...? Ooooh, got it! Okay, imagine standing sideways next to a limbo bar (and don't even TRY to tell me you don't have a little pre-existing Harry Belafonte knowledge because I SO won't believe it). Are you there yet? Good. Now imagine ducking under the bar, letting that motion travel all the way down to your feet. A solid hip-wiggle is key. Then you do it again the other way. Back and forth, back and forth, weaving like a snake. It is also considered appropriate to bend your arms at right angles and throw in the occasional jaunty snap of the fingers, or even a little free-style break-dancing. The fact that you can actually Snake while seated is an added bonus, and has probably played a key role in the durability of the dance move.

The Snake is actually very similar to The Axl Rose, as seen on Sweet Child Of Mine and other Guns & Roses late-eighties videos. This dance move involves holding on to a fake microphone stand and, with head lowered, sliding one leg out to the side, only about a foot off of the ground. As soon as your foot hits the ground, immediately repeat this move with your other leg. Repeat at least 10 times. You will be the hit of the staff Christmas party with this baby.

This concludes Cat's 80's Pop Cultural Awareness tutorial.

link | posted by Cat at 6:14 AM

Blogger WILLIAM commented:

Thanks for clearing that up. Is it possible to do that move while wearing pastel colored shirts, with a white suit and loafers with no socks?

» 1/05/2006 7:25 AM 
Blogger Cat commented:

Well sure it's possible! But unless you are Crockett or Tubbs, I wouldn't recommend it.

» 1/05/2006 7:42 AM 
Blogger Charlotte in Pa commented:

I'm pretty sure that I still need video.

» 1/05/2006 1:18 PM 
Blogger mrtl commented:

I have a problem. With you. And your pop-culture awareness.

Yes, you can describe the snake perfectly, and you have impressed me immensely in the past with your knowledge. Still, I can't get over the fact that you haven't seen Heathers.

Please, cat, for the sake of all that is holy at the alter of the 1980's, get rid of the kids and watch it. Soon. I'll do the same to refresh my memory, and we'll have some fun with it.

» 1/05/2006 1:53 PM 
Blogger Cat commented:

Wha'?! Winona Rider? Shannon Doherty? Christian frakkin' Slater?! Of COURSE I've seen Heathers. Did I say I hadn't? My other personality is SUCH a trickster...

But I haven't seen it since high school, so... memories of antifreeze come to mind. And an explosion. GREAT, now I'm gonna have to-- as you say-- "get rid of the kids and watch it."


But of course there's the whole Christian Slater thing, so I am totally there.

» 1/05/2006 3:18 PM 
Blogger mrtl commented:

What a relief, Cat! You had me really worried there after you didn't get the "gently with a chainsaw" reference over at my place.

I will sleep much better tonight.

» 1/06/2006 1:52 AM 
Blogger Amy commented:

I love the Axl Rose! It's one of my favorite moves.

» 1/11/2006 7:30 AM 
Blogger Cat commented:

OMG, AMY! Me, too!

» 1/12/2006 9:38 AM 

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