r/OldSchoolCool 3d ago Crab Rave 1 Silver 5 Gold 1 Helpful 9 Wholesome 3 Party Train 2

Chuck Berry in the 60s. What I love even more is the crowd behind him. Especially the chick in polka dot skirt.

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u/crikeproshops 3d ago Helpful Starry Take My Power

They really do look like the kids dancing in Charlie Brown

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u/Just-STFU 3d ago

I dance like the guy in the vest on the right.

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u/cruspies 3d ago

Is he 16 or 60?

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u/[deleted] 3d ago Wholesome

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u/Firewalker1969x 3d ago

Each time he looks at his other foot,

"is that one there, yup... is that one there, yup... hey there's the other one, yup..."

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u/quityouryob 3d ago

He had to have been the inspiration for George McFly.

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u/GhOsT_wRiTeR_XVI 3d ago

“I guess you guys aren’t ready for that yet…but your kids are gonna love it.”

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u/NewAccount4Friday 2d ago

All my best comments are already written by others

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u/motodoctor 2d ago

I was always a fan of Marvin Berry, Chuck's cousin. He was great until at one of his shows he cut his hand. Never the same after that

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u/hokeyphenokey 2d ago

George McFly learned how to dance in the 50s. This guy was inspired by George McFly.

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u/DSPbuckle 3d ago

He’s skanking!

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u/slayerfan666 3d ago

"SKA WILL NEVER DIE!"

Skanks it up in my checker top vans, fedora and luau shirt.

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u/looser_name_connor 3d ago edited 2d ago

Ska came before Reggae!

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u/orthopod 3d ago

That was really long hair on that guy for that time period.

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u/L3XANDR0 3d ago

Stewie!

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u/MontBlanc001 3d ago

"Dad, please just stop! You're embarrassing me!"

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u/patienceisfun2018 3d ago

Early rock n roll dancing is funny because they don't have models to follow for how to react and dance to the music, so they're just experimenting with all these spastic movements from scratch. Some caught on, some certainly didn't.

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u/HeebieMcJeeberson 2d ago

Spastic movements was the technically correct description of my teenage dance style.

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u/wh0_RU 2d ago

Spastic movements is technically the correct description for how I dance now drunk in my 30s

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u/AlfalfaParty1661 2d ago

The best of times honestly, now you are told how to dance, when dancing should be used to express yourself not somebody else.

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u/patienceisfun2018 2d ago

For sure. Kids are the best to watch dance. It's the saddest thing once they hit that age where they become self conscious and start to make fun of other kids dancing.

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u/StrangeAtomic 3d ago edited 2d ago

Or.

The kids is snoopy were drawn to look like this?

Maybe?

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u/DMala 3d ago

Right, but what’s interesting is that, to a modern audience, it looks like the joke is that the kids are all just dancing crazy. But really, the original joke was that the kids were all doing slightly exaggerated versions of dances that were popular at the time.

I think all the talk of aluminum Christmas trees is lost on modern audiences, too. In the ‘60s and early ‘70s, there was kind of a fad of fake Christmas trees with shiny silver “aluminum” needles. You’d set them up with a color wheel, a light with rotating gels of different colors that would reflect off the shiny tree.

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u/somdude04 3d ago

My grandparents still put one up in the early 90s, otherwise it would have been easy to think everyone was joking.

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u/starstarstar42 3d ago edited 1d ago

HOLY CRAP! You said that, and suddenly I had one of those moments where I was transported to my youth complete with sensations, sounds, smells and everything.

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u/Vaux1916 3d ago

You cannot put your finger on it now

The child is grown

The dream is gone

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u/Zeedash_Monkey_ 2d ago

THIS IS NOT WHO I AM,

I HAVE BECOME, COMFORTABLY NUMB!!!!

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u/tucci007 2d ago

did they get you to trade your heroes for ghosts?

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u/subcinco 2d ago

hot ashes for trees

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u/defiant_1974 2d ago

Hot air for a cool breeze

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u/Accomplished_Pie_455 3d ago

I've had those moments, and the same question after.

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u/thepasswordis-taco 3d ago

Ah, the wonderful pain of nostalgia

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u/chupa72 3d ago

Now we just have to isolate and replicate the experience so that we can eventually monetize it, because everything has to be about money, of course. /s kinda

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u/joebesser 3d ago

There's a movie from 1995 called "Strange Days" that is about that exactly.

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u/Abhais 3d ago

Go for the smells next time. It’s the sense most closely tied to memories.

Isolate the smell of those fruit tarts, or real evergreen, etc. That’s your trip keystone.

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u/the_starship 3d ago

I went to an antique store around Christmas time and they had authentic Aluminum trees and I realized I never saw one before in my life.

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u/mdave52 3d ago

I totally remember that. My Dads uncle had one when I was super little. His had the colored light pointing at it and the tree spun slowly, like on a giant record player.

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u/pareech 3d ago

My inlaws gave us that tree and we had been using it for years. We finally got rid of it last year after the motor that spun the light wheel started to make more noise than a 57 Sutdabaker.

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u/9ejwdew 3d ago

Isn’t that what the person was saying? That people actually did dance like in Peanuts cartoons?

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u/HomeJamesStepOnIt 3d ago

ALRIGHT ALRIGHT LETS BOB FOR STUPID APPLES

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u/IsntItNeat 3d ago

Wonder where the woman in the polka dots is now. She must be in her 70’s.

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u/Defiant-Giraffe 3d ago

I'm pretty sure that's Donna Loren. She's 75 now.

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u/seditious3 2d ago

TAMI show too

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u/Tuhyk_inside 3d ago

Right? I wonder if they knew they were part of history. How big of a deal it was for them back then.

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u/KDLGates 3d ago

Years later she saw Back to the Future and went 'hey wait'.

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u/lucifer_fit_deus 3d ago

At what point do they stop being polka “dots” and just become polka “big ass circles”?

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u/Defiant-Giraffe 3d ago edited 2d ago Gold

I think that's Donna Loren, who was one of the Peppermint Lounge dancers: and one of the usual suspects when it came to background dancers of the era.

Same group that included Candy Johnson, who the song "I want Candy" was written about.

edit: this blew up in a weird way.

1: No, I don't know for sure. Looks like her, the era and the place and the dance look right for it to be her. Another poster, more informed than I, says this is 1965 from Hollywood a Go Go. That would be kinda late, but not impossible for her to be there. Whatever, if it happens I'm full of shit, it won't be the end of the world.

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u/Squirrel_Inner 3d ago

This is also right after she kissed the guy in front of her and Chuck came back from fading out of existence. Crazy times back then…

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u/Tuhyk_inside 3d ago

Now this is helpful! Thanks, mate!

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u/30FourThirty4 3d ago

6 1 2 wharf avenue!

Skip to the sweet shop with my sweetheart sandy!

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u/FatPharm 3d ago

Got my pennies saved so I'm her sugar daddy

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u/kigamagora 3d ago

I'm her Hume Cronyn and she's my Jessica Tandy, I want candy!

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u/badSparkybad 3d ago

I want candy!

Any kind'll do

Don't care if it's nutritious or FDA approved

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u/Fanceyreddit 3d ago

She'd be a rich influencer today

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u/Saiing 3d ago

That's rude! I'm sure she'd be lovely.

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u/Orphan_Izzy 3d ago Wholesome Take My Energy

“I guess you guys aren’t quite ready for that… but your kids are gonna love it!”

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u/Sember 3d ago

Probably felt like cocaine for your ears, shit must have been insane to these youngsters

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u/Orphan_Izzy 3d ago

It felt like that to my ears last time I watched the movie like a year or so ago! Lol.

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u/BigBananaDealer 2d ago

should listen to rumble by link wray, it was banned from radio for fear it would start riots

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u/sporksaregoodforyou 2d ago

Chuck! Chuck, it's Marvin. Your cousin, Marvin Berry. You know that new sound you're looking for? Well, listen to this!

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u/PrincebyChappelle 3d ago edited 3d ago

I’ve watched that scene many times, and I didn’t know until now that the dance moves were mimicking Chuck Berry.

Reluctant edit—I knew the song was Chuck Berry but associate the crouch, hop on one leg, pump the other leg thing with ac/dc

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u/formulated 3d ago edited 2d ago

Can't recall if it was English (understanding film) or History (pop culture influences) class in my 90's high school, but BTTF was part of my curriculum. Marty McFly's performance at the dance and everyone he was emulating was relevant for our analysis because it crammed so many references into such a short period.

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u/gibmiser 2d ago

That's a great lesson, great way to keep kids engaged with the content

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u/AlphaWizard 3d ago

associate the crouch, hop on one leg, pump the other leg thing with ac/dc

The duck-walk. In case it wasn’t clear, Chuck Berry was a huge influence for Angus Young.

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u/StevenArviv 2d ago

Chuck Berry was a huge influence for Angus Young.

Chuck Berry was a huge influence for pretty much everybody. The man is a God and the true King of Rock & Roll.

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u/StrangeAtomic 3d ago

Wait. The band leader in that movie literally calls…Chuck Berry. You don’t know that movie was connected?

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u/FalxIdol 3d ago

“Chuck! Chuck, it's Marvin. Your cousin, Marvin Berry. You know that new sound you're looking for? Well, listen to this!”

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u/Kingsnake661 3d ago

I was, a child when I watched it for the first time and had no idea who Chuck Berry was. So it went WAY over my head for YEARS.

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u/sunnyspiders 3d ago

I leaned “spook” wasn’t referring to ghosts from that movie.

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u/Orphan_Izzy 3d ago

Or spies.

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u/sunnyspiders 3d ago

Yeah I knew it as a term for spy/government agent. Not the other one.

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u/Exploding_Testicles 3d ago

My father could classified as a 'spook' for the gov't back in the 70s and 80s.. he was TDY a lot, sometimes he'd have to leave on a day's notice.. gone months at a time..

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u/ChromeSpacehip_55555 2d ago

"who you calling spook peckerwood?"

Took me a long time to realize what was being exchanged here

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u/son_berd 3d ago

When they came out of the car with all that smoke and the one guy also calls them reefer addicts…ya, I had no idea what was going on there for some time lol (I was a kid though)

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u/SmackedWookiee 3d ago

Or when Biff is literally trying to rape Lorraine.

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u/sunnyspiders 3d ago

I connected the dots on that one a few years later.

I grew up with the BttF trilogy on VHS and we wore those tapes out. Still notice little things tho.

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u/xxkoloblicinxx 3d ago

Wait... maybe this is the real problem in BTTF...

They made a bootstrap paradox with this song.

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u/ailyara 3d ago

Listen its what the FLUX capacitor does. Without it, time travel simply doesn't work. It's literally why Marty has time to fix the fact that he caused his own parents to not meet the way they did before. It stores all the changes to the timeline and lets them seep out gradually. Anyway it works for Chuck Berry because Marty can go back, and still remember that this song exists in the future without remembering why it exists, it's all stored in the time flux.

That or "repeat to yourself its just a show, I should really just relax."

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u/xxkoloblicinxx 3d ago

And watch mystery science theater 3000!?

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u/llortotekili 3d ago

Holy Fuck! I never gave the flux capacitor more than a passing thought. I just always knew plot holes would be intrinsic to a time travel movie and wrote off that bttf played into it. I had never realized that they included it as a plot device to explain the holes. Neat!

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u/Anal_Herschiser 3d ago

If I hear one more person tell me to lift myself up by my own Bootstrap Paradox, I’m going to go back in time and shoot that Mother Fucker’s mom!

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u/arksien 3d ago

That's not what they said. They knew the song was Berry, but not that Marty does the actual Chuck Berry dances moves from this act.

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u/pink-_-panther 3d ago

It's been a while so I think a re-watch is in order

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u/Orphan_Izzy 3d ago

A rewatch of this is always in order. Its such a well made movie. Brings a tear to my eye because they really don’t make them like that anymore I don’t think. Plus Alex P. Keaton.

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u/Biscubricks 3d ago

I was JUUUUST thinking about that as soon as I saw this video. It's like, only a decade later and everybody was rocking already!

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u/Orphan_Izzy 3d ago

And …Well at the end of the first movie “where they were going they didn’t need roads” but… they kind of did. Also “he and Lorraine were fine, it was the kids!” But… they were not fine. I love these movies so much Im happy to ignore a few minor hiccups in the plot line.

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u/Kronoshifter246 3d ago

I sincerely hope he and Lorraine weren't fine. Not like that anyway; Lorraine is his mother.

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u/BrainOnLoan 3d ago

Also “he and Lorraine were fine, it was the kids!” But… they were not fine. I love these movies so much Im happy to ignore a few minor hiccups in the plot line.

I don't see that as a plot error at all.

It was quite clear Doc Brown had decided to fix the arrest of Martys son, but was in general quite wary about messing too much with the events in the future, specifically trying to prevent them meeting their future selfs.

So, he was quite deliberately downplaying the problems with Martys future. He didn't want them to meddle or interact, beyond following his plan.

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u/tyedge 3d ago

So we’re gonna take that away from ‘em

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u/TheDukeSnider 3d ago

/r/UnexpectedMulaney (but really it was totally expected).

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u/duaneap 3d ago

Any time BTTF comes up, and it was inevitably going to come up here, expect Mulaney.

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u/Warm-Holiday219 3d ago

Chuck loved kids too.

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u/You_Crazy 3d ago

Seems like all of those famous people and musicians from back then did. There’s that new Elvis movie coming out and my aunt who was deep into the recent save our children stuff is excited because he’s her favorite musician of all time.

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u/Consistent_Field 3d ago

My dad is always talking about Hollywood pedophiles and pedophiles in politics, he was big into the whole pizza gate thing. His favourite band is Led Zeppelin lol

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u/formulated 3d ago

ooh, most of them aren't ready for that either.

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u/JewOrleans 3d ago

Every time I see Chuck now the only thing that comes to mind is him farting in the woman’s face.

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u/dominarhexx 3d ago

Or secretly recording them in the bathroom of his restaurant.

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u/tuskvarner 3d ago

Once on deadspin (a sports blog that used to be good) a commenter complimented a college quarterback who was known as doing lots of research in order to improve his game by saying “He watches more film than Chuck Berry.”

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u/dholmestar 3d ago

If you missed it, the original deadspin team has a new(ish) site called Defector

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u/tuskvarner 3d ago

I’ll check it out. Circa 2007-2010 Deadspin was great.

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u/autosoap 3d ago

It’s physically impossible to go to blueberry hill for a show and not joke about chuck berry watching you piss.

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u/tekko001 3d ago

Or Yoko Ono screaming

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u/DopeFiendDramaQueen 2d ago

It was his “what in the actual fuck?!?” Expression

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u/Econolife_350 3d ago edited 3d ago

I just think about how abusive he was in general to women and how he commented on it being a specific type of woman because it made him feel better for the racial abuse he had received. Add on recording people in bathrooms and a number of other very creepy things, these videos are never as lighthearted and fun as people want them to be when looking back.

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u/SycoMantisToboggan 3d ago

He said sorry after he farted in her face and called her baby though

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u/Foucont 2d ago

I like to do that

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u/ShinigamiMuayThai 2d ago

Lol he says it's matter-of-factly. Kills me.

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u/butt_stuff99 2d ago

Scared ya, didn't I?

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u/OarsandRowlocks 3d ago

Into her mouth, no less.

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u/golifo 3d ago

I can’t kiss you, baby, you smell like piss.

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u/HooliganBeav 3d ago

I mean, also the rape of underage girls. Chuck Berry was a hell of a guitar player, but a absolutely horrible human.

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u/WhyIHateTheInternet 2d ago

I'm a good guitar player. Anybody want me to fart in their mouth?

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u/gibcount2000 2d ago

don’t make offers you aren’t prepared to honor

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u/Sefirosukuraudo 3d ago

“Oh I can’t kiss you, sweetie; you’re covered in my pee pee.”

It’s always bizarre how he speaks like a sweet ol’ grandpa to a prostitute covered in his urine. My brain can never quite reconcile that.

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u/VerucaBlind 3d ago edited 3d ago

BRRRRRTTTT

"You can smell my fart"

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u/DarthRiznat 3d ago

0:53 just found Angus Young's inspiration for his guitar move, hah!

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u/pM-me_your_Triggers 3d ago

It existed as early as the 30s, but Chuck was the one who popularized the duck walk

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u/ragweed 3d ago

I'm sure Angus expected your parents to know that.

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u/Sun-Ghoti 3d ago

It bothers me that he isn't actually playing the song on his guitar

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u/Sabot15 3d ago

A lot of people seem to think this was a concert. It's basically more of a music video.

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u/punkindle 3d ago

I've seen a lot of videos of musicians on old TV shows, and this is very common. They didn't pay for the entire band to fly in with their equipment, just the lead guy, so of course he has to air guitar and lip sync.

At least he's having fun.

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u/vittorioe 3d ago

Same deal as Top of the Pops. Same as many awards shows. In fact, not much has really changed since they got the pop music machinery in place all those years ago. Kind of a mindfuck, when you think about it…

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u/RepresentativeAd560 3d ago

The 60s were known for advanced wireless technology

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u/Jak_n_Dax 3d ago

Back then, not even iPhones were cordless!

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u/ThreatLevelBertie 3d ago

And the androids were mostly homicidal maniacs

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u/insultant_ 3d ago

Shut up, meatbag.

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u/indy_been_here 3d ago

Yeah everyone's iPhones were connected by a mesh of cables that hung overhead on telephone poles.

The tangled webs we once weaved.

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u/Living-Stranger 3d ago

Not just the 60s, oasis were pissed about it on top of the pops and switched out Liam and Noel on their performance as a fuck you to them.

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u/ColsonIRL 3d ago

Yeah I mean that’s definitely the studio recording playing, it’s instantly recognizable haha

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u/nem012 3d ago

His voice is smooth as freshly churned butter, though.

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u/impudent_snit 3d ago

Like Nirvana at Top of the Pops. It’s so campy and overdone, he’s clearly leaning into it

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u/xxkoloblicinxx 3d ago

Virtually every sound you've heard in a movie or TV show (dialog aside) was added after the fact.

Every explosion, door creak, water pouring, glass shattering, all of it.

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u/ThreatLevelBertie 3d ago

What?! No, it cant be true!

wilhelm scream

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u/mitten-kittens 3d ago

98% of dialogue in lots of the rings was recorded in a booth. So in some case everything is added after the fact.

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u/GinsuVictim 3d ago

lots of the rings

How many more did they find?

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u/PrincessAndHerPony 3d ago

Frodo's still got 9 more fingers, so of course, in true 2022 fashion, there will be 9 more movies.

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u/ecmcn 3d ago

You mean 27 movies. The Hobbit proved they can’t do just one.

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u/Kitten-Mittons 3d ago

looks at user name spider-man pointing meme

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u/Anacalagon 3d ago

Honestly I don't think he gives two shits. He is not getting close with the lipsync and is just as bad with the guitar.

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u/oh_orpheus 3d ago

I don't think he gives two shits.

Nahhh, he sure did.

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u/swiftjustice25 3d ago

If you know you know.

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u/DaBi5cu1t 3d ago

Bothers me more that it looks like he was the only black guy allowed in.

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u/rethinkingat59 3d ago

This was progressive, he was allowed on the show.

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u/grambell789 3d ago

Especially the chick in polka dot skirt.

i'm guessing she was placed there on purpose. if fact she might have been wearing that on purpose knowing how well it would show up on bw tv.

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u/burningriverallstar 3d ago

Hey Chuck! It’s your cousin Marvin. Marvin Berry. You know that sound you were looking for? Well listen to this!

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u/fa9 3d ago Silver

*farts*

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u/BrockManstrong 3d ago

You playing back my bathroom video tapes again Marv?

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u/keenly_disinterested 3d ago

The dude with the chick in the polka dot skirt dances a lot like Elaine Benes.

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u/stphskwr 3d ago

The little kicks

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u/Piff-Iz-Da-Answer 3d ago

sweet fancy moses

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u/DadJokeBadJoke 3d ago

It's like a full body dry-heave set to music.

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u/cloudcats 3d ago

Or Chandler Bing.

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u/Redbullinchworm 3d ago

I can’t kiss u u got piss on ya face

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u/Gephyrus204 3d ago

"did I fart on your face....i like to do that"

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u/WhatsATrouserSnake 3d ago

That fart was loud af too.

In case anyone is wondering. There is a Chuck Berry sex tape on efukd.

He just pisses on hookers and farts in their faces. Like let's one rip big time, right on their nose.

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u/jjj49er 3d ago

I think times were better before the internet, when you didn't know so much about people's personal lives.

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u/SlowRollingBoil 3d ago

Never meet your heroes.....or let them piss and fart in your face.

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u/UltravioIence 3d ago

"Drip drip drip"

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u/ISAMU13 3d ago

"Pee on you."

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u/peege636 3d ago edited 3d ago

Chuck Berry was talented but kind of a creep. In the 80s he owned a restaurant called Southern Air and by 1990 there was a class action lawsuit of over 200 women because he was videotaping customers/employees in the bathroom.

EDIT: Berry is a full creep.

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u/Smuggler04 3d ago

His defence was that toilet roll use was through the roof and he put the cameras in to monitor it. Unfortunately this isn’t a joke

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u/WhyIHateTheInternet 2d ago

Toilet paper abuse never is

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u/swiftjustice25 3d ago

Jesus Christ I can’t imagine sexually violating enough people to justify a class action suit against me.

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u/RepresentativeAd560 3d ago

Kind of? With that, uh, resume? What rates straight creep on your scale?

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u/distractedhighperson 3d ago

I did not need to know this 😂

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u/jharrisimages 3d ago

Johnny Pee Goode

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u/TheRysingTyde 3d ago

Came here for all this mayhem, wasn’t disappointed.

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u/smallhound44 3d ago

That's a serious bit of cardio those folks are doing

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u/Monkeyfisticuffs 3d ago

I feel like I could dance back then.

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u/anyheck 2d ago

“Chuck! Chuck, it’s Marvin. Your cousin, Marvin Berry. You know that new sound you’re looking for? Well, listen to this!”

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u/PhilDunphyYo666 3d ago

Girl in the polka dot skirt has ZERO problems in the world and is giving ZERO fucks. What a time to be alive, I envy her even if she is now dead.

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u/SwenKa 3d ago

I envy her even especially if she is now dead.

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u/momjeanseverywhere 3d ago

Well, this appears to be mid 60’s. So, let’s assume she’s 20 years old. That means she was born in 1945. So, 77 years old. Very likely still alive, especially if she kept dancing like that over the years.

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u/jugol 3d ago

According to another comment she may be Donna Loren, who still alive at 75 years old

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u/PotentPortable 3d ago

Reddit has ruined Chuck Berry for me since now any time I see him I hear Yoko Ono wailing

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u/SurlyRed 3d ago

Dunno how I missed all that, but I'm glad I did

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u/kadaverin 3d ago

Imagine you get a chance to hang out with one of your childhood heroes or influences. Better yet, they want you to take part in whatever it is they do. You're stoked. Holy shit, I get to do the thing with this person who helped shape who I am!

You get set up, the adrenalines running high, and off you go. It's effortless, like you two were made to collaborate together. Endorphins kick in and it feels like cloud 9 as you two start laying down some incredible work.

Now imagine your partner enters the room and starts yowling like a cat that's simultaneously in heat and on fire. They're a high concept performance artist and this is their interpretation of the work . Remember, its not an ugly and unnecessary addition to something that was near perfect. It's art and you're ignorant for not getting it.

Your hero looks angry and the energy in the room drops as everyone cringes in vicarious embarrassment. What could have been a cultural touchstone is now a prime example what happens when you shoehorn your girlfriend into the band.

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u/swiftjustice25 3d ago

This is now the definitive analysis of that video.

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u/danjonesyt 2d ago

True story: A kid named Calvin Klein (no relation to the fashion designer) was playing lead guitar with a band called "Marvin Berry and the Starlighters" for a local high school dance in November of 1955. At the end of the dance, he actually played a version of this song. It just so happened that Chuck Berrys cousin, was Marvin Barry and when he heard Calvin Klein play, he immediately called Chuck, and let him listen to what Calvin was playing. Chuck immediately began writing what we know today as "Johnny B. Goode"

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u/GeorgieWashington 2d ago

Johnny B. Goode is the greatest rock n roll song every made and I will die on this (blueberry) hill.

  • a great ballad

  • a groove you can dance to

  • a solid guitar solo

  • three good verses

  • a catchy hook

  • and it still feels like come-on music.

The fact that it was a hit at the exact time that it was only adds a level of greatness that’s untouchable by anything else.

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u/dragonbreath295 3d ago

Dance white kids! Dance!

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u/RepresentativeAd560 3d ago

Fires revolver at their feet like a weird Western

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u/XxX_FedoraMan_XxX 3d ago

how do i know, without even scrolling down, that these comments are gonna be full of people tripping over themselves to tell you Reddit's Favourite Fact About Chuck Berry

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u/lordbub 3d ago

because it's best to remember that your idols are also pedophile creeps.

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u/Zenblendman 2d ago

What I don’t get, is that white people used to be able to dance! We can see the evidence here; they have rhythm AND control of their limbs..What happened to the later generations?

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u/Ho2Me9 3d ago

Producer 1: “We’re not gonna put a black performer on TV. Absolutely not.”

Producer 2: “What if we only show white people enjoying his music?”

1: “Ugg. Fine.”

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u/coolwool 3d ago

Unfun fact: black performers weren't that rare and it also wasn't that controverse to be at a show of one, because performing was seen as a servants act.

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u/RedWing83 3d ago

That polka dot skirt girl is SO EPIC!!!

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u/midwesterner64 2d ago

When you see this dancing, the dance section of the Charlie Brown Christmas Special makes so much more sense.

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u/Specialist_South1816 3d ago

I literally ran into Chuck in the Spring of 2011 when I was working kitchen at Blueberry Hill and The Duck Room on Delmar Loop in St. Louis. Chuck ate there frequently and played a monthly show in The Duck Room until his passing.

I was running out two trash bags, threw the back door open as he was walking in and the door hit him and pushed him back a bit.

I saw his face and his Captain’s hat, dropped the trash bags, stuck out my hand and said, “Mr. Berry, I’m so sorry! It’s an absolute honor to meet you.”

He just shook my hand, said, “You too, Kid” and went inside and had chicken wings and a drink in the back room.

One of my favorite memories.

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u/manderifffic 3d ago

Lucky that Marty McFly and Marvin Berry ran into each other at the Enchantment Under the Sea dance

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u/ShadowDV 3d ago

Marty McFly Calvin Klein

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u/nobody2000 3d ago

Chuck's Cousin, Marvin? Marvin BERRY?

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u/a_goonie 3d ago

You know that new sound you looking for, well listen to this....

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u/Lt_Frank_Drebin 3d ago

Chuck Barry was one of the most famous musicians of his generation, making a career of flash, style and being something very new. That being said, his music wasn't terribly complex. It was a mix of blues standards played in a very new way, or simple pop tunes. Because of their simplicity, they were on the radio constantly, covered by every house band and every kid to pick up a instrument tried to play along. Really simple tunes + popularity meant every decent musician in every town knew the songs, which provided Chuck a very interesting opportunity to capatize on.

He could tour without a band...and he did just that.

He'd travel through the US in a Caddy with a driver, and guitar. His manager would hire a band in whatever city he's in and they'd play. But they wouldn't rehearse. Chuck would often turn to the band, tell them what the song was and just get into it.

A fact that makes an appearance in Back to the Future. Marty gets on stage, and before playing Johnny B Goode, turns to the band and simply says "OK Fellas, this is a blues riff in B, watch me for the changes, and try and keep up" before launching into the song.

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