By Cory Doctorow at 11:23 pm Wed, Apr 1, 2009
Check out the wild futuristic dancing in this classic German 1960s space opera Raumpatrouille.
Funny futuredance (Raumpatrouille Orion)
I always said that the Macarena was ahead of it’s time…
Brilliant. It’s like watching birds mating rituals.
do we deserve Raquel?
Sometimes the best choreographer is Johnny Walker.
In the future we do not dance for sexuality… We dance to aid in the digestion of our packets of space food!
I liked how they cleverly worked the Stechmarsch and the Deutscher GruÃŸ into the dance, clearly an alternative future where the big H won the war.
that last bit was just dirty…
Totally plausible. Let’s please get humanity to a place where we do that.
“Danke meine schatzen” – love it. In the future, we get smirks back.
More dancing on Raumschiff Orion here:
I seem to remember seeing clips of them fighting some not-so-scary lametta or glittery curtains. And didn’t the flight controls include an iron stuck onto the table?
Apparently you only see the “Deutsche Gruss” (?!) when you really want to – the HitlergruÃŸ is forbiddden in Germany, as it should be. You know, Germany is not always all about Nazis. Germans have existed before the third reich and even stranger, still exist today. Sometimes we manage whole hours without doing a Nazi-related activity (apologizing and feeling guilty, something which extends into at least three generations born after the war, as we should).
So: Danke, SchÃ¤tzchen.
Raumpatrouille Orion is a cult favourite TV show with the most awesome design, ever. They were extremely low budget and had to be quite inventive, incorporating irons and shower heads into something you could use to control a spaceship.
“Now’s the time on ‘Sprockets’ when we dance!”
Zis is the time on Sprockets when we dance!
It’s decided, I’ve thought it through – ich bin ein Raumpatrouiller, and dancing is how I’ll spend my time. When I’m not patrouilling.
“hold your butt, now spin around. and back 1 2 3 4″
I wanna see someone mash this with Fatboy Slim.
That’s pretty accurate. It’s exactly how folks dance in Second Life or Home.
Was ist “Jazz Hands”?
I think we just found Peter Crouch’s new goal celebration.
Unt now ist the time on Sprockets when we dance!
Half “funky chicken” and half ice-capades.
It’s the Space-Chicken Dance!
Wo ist Dieter Von “Sprockets?”
And now, I take you to India, land of 1000 dances…
The Nipple Song
May He Poop?
…And the classic Gumnaam from Ghost World
This seems like perfectly normal German dancing.
On a side-note, Amazon sells the soundtrack from the show & it’s *fabulous*!
Yeah, this is great because it shows Germans doing ballet. HAHAHAHAH!
I read all the comments, get to the bottom, and #25 has already basically said what I was gonna say.
Yes – party like it’s 2099!
Peter Thomas FTW!
Definitely normal dancing by German standards, judging by this previous Boing Boing post:
I can’t decide if this dance is evidence of a future where:
a) the internet has allowed like-minded people to find each other; or,
b) humans have adopted a collective hive mentality
I prefer the first one, since the second one rules out the individualization allowed by the internet.
If you see a faded sign at the side of the road that says 15 miles to the… Love Shack! Love Shack yeah yeah
Now if only we could get someone to film themselves dancing at various locales every day… Hmmm…
I love the contrast between the serious, normal conversation in the foreground and the increasing absurdity in the background. Without the foreground conversation, it would be a silly dance, but with it this becomes much more sublime.
Thanks for the link!
It’s like dry heaving, and dry humping, and country line-dancing all rolled into one activity!
Reminds me of a Naked Gun movie, where you pay absolutely no attention to the conversation going on because the background has someone on fire or something.
The woman can’t even help staring at it at one point.
The Nazis were a lot of things. Funky was not one them.
Dance of the GermGuins!
(Morgan Freeman should be engaged as the voiceover for the man…)
Regarding the irons in Raumschiff Orions flight control desk takea look at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKJqGn7_7nM after 23/24 secs you cann the iron.
Raumschiff is extreme culty. Fantastic stuff. Sometimes even cooler than the first season of star track.
Btw. The title song of Raumschiff Orion is rather cool as well.
Ah! I saw this a while ago and just recently (for no apparent reason) felt strongly compelled to dig it up. I drove myself mildly nuts searching youtube and google for “weird german robot dancing” and variations thereof, but with no luck. And here it is! Thank you easter bunny!
It gives me that special funny German feeling.
I highly recommend watching this while listening to the Radiohead clip from the post above. Turn the volume down on this video and play the music from the Radiohead performance. They sync nicely.
Wow, the future used to be so… HOT!
Tight clothes, super hairspray do’s, sexy boots – Yowza!!
Fantastic TV show (pre-Star Trek!) .. i hold my DVD set of it very dearly … i wonder if they ever released a version with English subs …
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