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Sunday, May 25, 2008

Rhythm Is A Dancer...Again

Behold, Brains! As most TV-watching Brits will know, the original Thunderbirds character grabs his crotch and shakes his budissy to Snap!'s oft-imitated Eurodance classic "Rhythm Is A Dancer" in a Drench Spring Water commercial, which has caused the 1992 single to crack the U.K. Top 40 again, at #36 this week.

Here's the Drench ad along with the original "Rhythm Is A Dancer" vid:

You may remember that "Rhythm Is A Dancer" once got voted the Most Quintessential '90s Eurodance Tune by Chart Rigger readers -- and rightly so! It really set the precedant for the dozens of future hits in the genre by Captain Hollywood Project, Real McCoy, Culture Beat, etc. The song originally topped the U.K. chart in July 1992 and peaked at #5 in the U.S. that winter.

Incidentally, the Pet Shop Boys, impressed by Howard Greenhalgh's "Rhythm Is A Dancer" clip, snagged the director for their own trippy 1993 "Can You Forgive Her" and "Go West" vids, as well as all other singles off Very and most from Bilingual.

Elsewhere on the U.K. singles chart, Rihanna's snoozy "Take A Bow" unseats the Ting Tings' one-week stint at #1, but the latter duo's We Started Nothing debuts atop the album chart. Hoo-rizzy.

The U.K. Top 10:

1. "Take A Bow" - Rihanna *1 week*
2. "That's Not My Name" - The Ting Tings
3. "4 Minutes" - Madonna Feat. Justin Timberlake
4. "Heartbreaker" - Will.I.Am Feat. Cheryl Cole
5. "Black And Gold" - Sam Sparro
6. "Wearing My Rolex" - Wiley
7. "Warwick Avenue" - Duffy
8. "Love In This Club" - Usher Feat. Young Jeezy
9. "Cry For You" - September
10. "Violet Hill" - Coldplay

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  • At 9:57 AM, Blogger John said…

    Man...next thing you know, they'll be doing commercials with Alf dancing to "The Sign".

  • At 1:18 PM, Blogger Phil said…

    I'm as serious as cancer when I say...

    ...that track has always been awful:(

  • At 6:57 PM, Anonymous Turbo B said…

    It's not a re-entry. It's a new entry. It's yet another remix, "Rhythm Is A Dance Volumen 08". It is awful. The original is awesome. Phil must have marzipan in his ears.

  • At 9:12 AM, Blogger Adem With An E said…

    I remember swiping my uncles copy of this on cassette single around the time it was first released. I still have it somewhere too!

  • At 5:59 PM, Anonymous Alban said…

    Pretty helpful info, much thanks for the article.
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