17 thoughts on “So That’s How You Dance To ‘Popcorn’

    1. Juke Box Jury was a BBC show. I’d rather think the name of this french show was “Les rendez-vous du Dimanche”, during Drucker’s early years of his still active Sunday career 😉

  1. That was kind of hard to watch, but I couldn’t look away. Especially once they started in with the not-so-subliminal camera work. Where can I get pants like THAT? (MIDI control optional).

  2. Golly gee!
    Were there any males in that lineup?
    I couldn’t tell from the flashes of flat chests and tight asses… No bulging crotches !

    Considering the time, it was raunchy enough. These days should be chicks in g-strings on poles!

  3. Anthropologists year 2525: “And here we can see that during a brief period in the 1970s the penguins almost succeeded enslaving the human race, but due to heavy cocaine and Flock of Seagulls haircut use in the 80s that danger has been averted. However in the 2000s the animal danger grew anew as cats now suddenly demanded in broken English to ‘haz cheeseburgers’. This lead to the enslavement of humanity under the tyranny of cats leaving dogs in the position of the fabled Spartans as shown here in this original epic by Zack Snyder called ‘300’.”

  4. On YouTube, “popcorn song” yields 208,000 listings, which is both cool and weird. I was just a little kid, but I became an early synth pest to the ‘rents, because “Popcorn,” “Joy” by Apollo 100 and “Switched-On Bach” arrived fairly close together (IIRC, which I may not, ahem), which knocked me for a loop. Its funny, but I relate “Popcorn” TO Bach somehow. Gershon Kingsley helped to define synths in a way too few recognize, I think. He released an album with pianist Leonid Hambro called “Switched-On Gershwin” and it did the material proud. It was semi-gimmicky, but hey, this was in the early Moog modular days; the lexicon was being established. I’d like to think George would approve, hearing that its true to the original notation.

    People often like what I call Boop-Beep music because its easy to swallow, having little fiber to it. The thing that’s missing from it is a key element that makes “Popcorn” memorable for me: that simple, pretty little break between the percolating sections. Trance is wallpaper for me at best, but Gershon knew where to put the drop decades before anyone knew MIDI from jack and Gershwin far before him. The very best synth music shows awareness of not just the manual, but some sense of history. I suppose a loose acid test would be this: anyone can dance to techno, but could you dance to “Rhapsody In Blue” and hold your own? If so, your musical tools are in especially good hands. 😛

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