Twist And Rap

Serious 60’s street cred.

Does Monday have your week coming in like a lamb?  Well, The Nest will help make this a lion of a week with a musical gust of wind!  This is the day we search for another song that got gobbled up by the kite eating tree out of that wild blue yonder of lost hits we like to call the Dusty Vinyl Archive!  DJ Scratchy is ready to treat you to her version of March Madness, while we’ll be putting the Sponkies on the bus to the Old School.  It’s time to do a little phat shaming…

Though the much maligned genre that came to be known as hip hop can trace its roots to the urban backstreets of the 1970’s, it would take over a decade before rappers would be taken seriously by the mainstream.  Of all the rap artists and groups that came to be household names in the latter half of the 80’s, perhaps none were more responsible for putting the beat of the streets in the national spotlight more than a trio of beefy kids from New York who got their big break by being the upset winners in a local rap contest…

Before they were ever known on a national scale for their music, The Fat Boys became stars on MTV in the mid 80’s… and it all started with ads they did for Swatch watches.  While many hip hop acts prided themselves on being hardcore and keeping it real, the mass appeal of the Fat Boys was that they kept it lighthearted and were a riot.  Before they ever had a single hit the Billboard charts, they were already starring in comedy movies like Krush Groove and Disorderlies…. and to be honest, despite their celebrity, they did need some help to finally score a hit.

That’s OK, so did Run DMC…

Following in the footsteps of Run DMC finally striking gold for the hip hop world by dragging Stephen Tyler out of rehab, in 1987 the Fat Boys teamed up with the Beach Boys (who were attempting a comeback of their own) to record their version of “Wipeout,” which peaked at #12.  A year later, Da Boys decided to try and recreate that magic with another 1960’s icon looking for a second wind…. and I honestly like this one better!

You can skip to about 1:35 if you just want to hear the song and don’t care about 80’s music video cheesiness….

Yes, Ernest Evans, better known as Chubby Checker, was brought out of mothballs to co-star with The Fat Boys on their remake of his 1960 hit “The Twist.”  Officially called “The Twist (Yo, Twist)” the 60’s classic done in signature Fat Boys beatbox style got to #16 on the Hot 100.  Incidentally, both of these Fat Boys remakes did even better in the UK where they each made it to #2, so apparently somebody over there likes rap!

Straight Outta Buckingham Palace!

Be back next Monday for another lost hit, word to your mother….


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Bored former 30-something who has nothing better to do with his life than draw cartoon squirrels.
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13 Responses to Twist And Rap

  1. HAHAHA……the video was hilarious and so is the altered image Queen…..I haven’t tried one of those websites yet but intend to.


  2. ghostmmnc says:

    haha – That was so fun to listen to and watch. 🙂

  3. love it… we had the same band for prom night… sadly they were not replaced with better guys LOL

  4. Kismet says:

    Ah yes, classical music.

  5. A super rendition. Happy Monday.

  6. draliman says:

    Mixing rap with actual good songs makes it palatable. I remember and enjoyed both songs – you have failed in your mission to disgust and disturb me this week! Better luck next time…

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