Back in my radio days at KUGS at WWU in Bellingham, Chuck Berry was a staple of the Saturday afternoon “Roots Rock” show. He was perhaps the first rock n’ roll guitar god, he was a talented songwriter, and a master showman. His disciples include first and foremost The Rolling Stones, and The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, The Animals, and many more.
“If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it ‘Chuck Berry’.” – John Lennon
Best Character Dancing Scenes – Featuring Band of Outsiders, Pulp Fiction, and Simple Men
I usually post video sets on Fridays but, since football season has ended and my Sundays have become quite boring, I’ve been watching movies, and the one I watched today inspired me to post some videos. My inspiration was really great film by French New Wave director, Jean-Luc Godard. His 1964 film, Bande à part (Band of Outsiders), features what must be the most influential character-dancing scene in a non-musical drama. Here’s what the actors; Anna Karina, Claude Brasseur, and Sami Frey, called “the Madison Dance”. French composer Michel Legrand wrote the mostly jazz-based soundtrack, but the music for this scene is more R&B than jazz and it sounds a lot like Booker T. and The MG’s.
Quentin Tarantino loved the scene so much he had Uma Thurman and John Travolta watch it as a form of inspiration for their dance to the Chuck Berry song “You Never Can Tell” in the 1994 film Pulp Fiction.
Hal Hartley was a fan too. His 1992 film, Simple Men, features an homage to Godard starring Robert John Burke, Bill Sage, and Elina Löwensohn dancing to the music of Sonic Youth’s “Kool Thing“.