I remember so many people at the old techno events ( early Trancendance, Alien, Subb, Tunnel Club, etc...) who had distinct dancing styles. So unique that if you watched old rave footage, you could identify familiar ravers (even if they were only in silhouette) ......I think of Judy, Jesse Bones (rip), Oliver, Colin (Zodiac), Mike and Nicola Hughes,......so many great dancers. Lotsa flowey, waving hands back in the day. People looked more like wavy machines passing a circuit through their bodies. There was not much competition either. People simply appreciated each other's personal style......and often complimented each other on their tight moves. Went clubbin a few months ago.......hopin to see a new generation of ravers doin the electric boogaloo.....but to no avail.
Anyone care to list names they remember from the old scene who were unique, strong dancers that left an impression on them?
I just remembered that one of the better nights at Tunnel Club was called "Knowledge"----they gave out black cards with a pumped fist on it.Did any Tribers actually save that Knowledge card? Oh, and I was thinkin about that dude Gadget(?) who i used to see with a cigarette hanging out of his ear......and a big black dude with a shaved head who wore a bomber jacket that said "Ravemaster" on the back....lol....memories.
And.....I would be amiss to not mention "The Fantastic Poppers", Liquorice Lloyd and Boogaloo Storm. In my humble opinion, they are some of Toronto's most old-school poppin and lockin team. Didn't see them at any vintage raves, but I did run into them often at graffiti expos and breakdance comps. They played a huge role in this city's poppin and liquid-dance community. Since they are from the first generation of poppin crews, they made sure other dancers knew the distinction between different dancing styles such as ticking, popping, locking, floating (side-float, back float -commonly known as a moonwalk--circular float).....these were all originally mime tricks....and many early dancers were influenced by two san francisco mimes named Shields and Yarnell. Many modern-day poppin and waving moves came from adaptations of early mime techniques. It was Storm from the fantastic poppers crew who explained the specific moves that go into each dance style. Examples of true "Locking" style can be seen in youtube videos of the "LA Lockers" from back in the 70's. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1E9IU1fO89U
and "Liquidpop Eric" from the liquidpop collective is just un-freakin believable in the way he passes a circuit through his body.....I danced with him at DEMF in 2002.....he was there with his crew....they all had matching shirts that said "Liquidpop Collective" on the sleeve. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQYOUKQyIxE
Jesus murphy......Eric sets the benchmark for liquid-style.
I don't remember any of the music he played....lol....just the smoke in the ear......ha ha....garbage cess.....it's actually hard to find old-school sweet brown imported cess. There's just so much good, dispensary-grade weed goin around these days.....I bet the market for cess is much lower than it was in the 90's.....hell....I used to buy cheese dimes of cess in highschool. lol
At DEMF 2002, I ran into Juan Atkins playing ultra-fast ghetto-booty techno......Liquidpop Eric and another member of his crew were beside the booth, practising finger-pops and subtle hand positions.....just to increase their overall flow.
Haven't seen Eric's video in ages......still blows me away every time.
too many horns and "big-room" jazzy production for my taste.....I know Louis Vega is one of the original dudes, but I like more of a thick dub-tech style (early Chain Reaction, Kompakt label, Freude am Tanzen label....all great stuff)
Lotsa "Stacks" and mega delay and reverb, so the beats rattle and jingle around.....creating unplanned rhythms/melodies
I remember you busting hard steps Bernnie! Fresh moves.......right in front of the speaker. Pitch black room, illuminated by a single bright orange intellebeam. You are so right Bernnie.....the heavyweight dancers often appeared in the morning, once the dancefloor was more empty. While others were wrappin up their night and lookin for cabs home.....we were crackin our knuckles and stretching......preparing to get a solid groove on...
morning dancers......squeezing-out the last drops before the long strange march home...ha ha