Dance Little Bird!


Growing up, my dad had a boat that we’d live on for weekends and summer vacations. Every single person on our dock would look forward to my dad’s mix tapes. It was like an extended family at the time since we all spent so much time together. There was the summer party every year and there would be impersonators and of course, everyone would line up for the usual dance routines. It’d was hilarious to watch everyone’s dads do the Macarena, the Electric Slide, Hokey Pokey and of course The Chicken Song! Do you remember how to do this one?

BirdDance

In 1981 Henry Hadaway produced a version of the “Chicken Dance”, which was released in the United Kingdom as an instrumental novelty tune “The Birdie Song” by The Tweets. It reached number two in the singles chart in October 1981, making it the most popular version. In 2000, this version was voted “the most annoying song of all time”. The song is often sung with lyrics with a little bit of this and a little bit of that and shake your bum to the tune. Alternative lyrics are “I don’t want to be a chicken, I don’t want to be a duck, So I wag my butt, Quack, quack, quack, quack!”. The latter being my version when I was a kid!

Tweets

Side One

Dance Little Bird (The Birdie Song)

Side Two

Mellow Terrain

We’re Not Gonna Take It


I may have hit the angst ridden teenage years a bit early. I was rocking out to We’re Not Gonna Take It as a young one, headbanging around the house. This could explain middle school. Damn, those were some years!

Twisted Sister is an American band from Long Island, NY. Many of the band’s songs explore themes of parent vs. child conflicts and criticisms of the educational system.

While the band members’ famously cross-dressed appearance might seem to link them with the 1980s glam metal movement, Twisted Sister’s aggressive musical style was coupled with a more grotesque use of makeup and women’s clothing resulting in a product quite distinct from the more hedonistic androgyny of those other bands of the time. The band rejects the “glam metal” tag as inappropriate.

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We’re Not Gonna Take It

Side Two

You Can’t Stop the Rock

Urban Dance Squad


Urban Dance Squad was a Dutch rap rock band formed after what was originally intended as a one-time jam-session at a festival in Utrecht in 1986. Their music is described as a blend of genres, including funk, soul, heavy metal, hip hop, reggae, jazz and ska. Urban Dance Squad was one of the most successful Dutch bands of the nineties.

UrbanDance

Side One

Deeper Shade of Soul

Side Two

Deeper Shade of Soul (Live)

Girls Nite Out On A Sunday?


Tyler Collins (born October 29, 1965) an American R&B singer. Her 1990 single “Girls Nite Out” topped out at #8 on the Billboard’s R&B charts, as well as #6 on its Pop charts. In 1991, Collins appeared on singer Tevin Campbell’s 1991 debut T.E.V.I.N. on the song “Lil’ Brother”. She also appeared in the music video for the single “Goodbye”.

Apart from her singing career, Collins has also appeared in several TV shows such as her role as Cinderella on a first-season episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air with Will Smith. She also appeared several movies.

TylerCollins

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Girls Nite Out

Side Two

Girls Nite Out (Soul IV Edit)

Cats in the Cradle


Ugly Kid Joe is an American rock band from Isla Vista, California, formed in 1990. Ugly Kid Joe’s sound includes a range of styles, including rock, hard rock, funk metal and heavy metal. To date, Ugly Kid Joe have released three full-length albums, two compilation albums and two EPs.

UglyJoeKid

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Cats in the Cradle

Side Two

Panhandlin’ Prince

UglyJoeKid2

Side One

Everything About You

Side Two

Everything About You