Shufflin' grandpa -- country dance meets electronic music

Jason Kottke rounds up a series of YouTube clips of "old styles of dancing set to contemporary music" including this Shufflin' Grandpa doing fast-footed country dancing with a dubstep contemporary electronic soundtrack.

Shufflin' grandpa


        1. As a Melbourian who used to go out and shuffle I’d say yes, that’s the first thing I thought of when I saw the clip. I showed it to my wife who said ‘He’s doing the shuffle!’

  1. my new goal is to be as spry and freakin’ cool as this guy when i’m his age. seriously — he’s awesome.

    1. But how do we bring ourselves to care enough to distinguish between ever-fracturing subgenres of music we don’t like? Can’t we go back to the 80s when everyone demonstrated they were out of touch by classifying Metallica as “Acid Rock”?

      1. I don’t know what 80’s you lived through, but the 80’s I lived through always classified Metallica as “metal”.

        Acid Rock gave it a try, but Acid Rock could not kill The Metal.

        1. Notice in my post I mentioned that people who were out of touch would classify Metallica as “Acid Rock.” In the 80s I lived through, there would be metal-geeks arguing over the exact classification or sub-classification of Metallica, whether it became “pop metal” or something when they eventually broke through into mainstream (maybe that was in the 90s).  See all the other posts debating dubstep vs prog house vs trancey guff.  I know that most metal fans probably wouldn’t geek out that much, but I’m sure I could dig out some of my wife’s metal magazines and find articles debating it tediously.

          Pedantica! Master of Pedants!


          1. in the 80’s, Metallica WAS metal. Those arguments you describe were the 90s, when it was quite debatable.

          1. Spaciba.  I thank a random visit to the random pirate name generator for this handle, and also the FSM for guiding me there on the highest of holidays, International Talk Like a Pirate Day, lo’ those many years ago.  Ramen.

            I gristled at the notion that “everyone” was clueless in the 80’s.  Blanket assertions suck.  (Full disclosure:  I don’t even like Metallica.)  I really, really don’t want to get into a nuanced discussion on the merits of verious subgenres of metal.  As you say, “pedantica”.  Yes, yes it is.

    2. But everything IS dubstep!  Or rather, dubstep is becoming everything.  The internet is approaching a Rule 34-type situation: If it exists, there’s a dubstep remix of it.

    1. I think the mismatched socks might be a visual cue to help the viewer differentiate his feet while he’s blowing the club up.
      I could be wrong, he could just be kooky.

  2. For some reason, mismatched socks man is reminiscent of Sammy Davis Jr. in his autumn years, applying the ‘Old Soft Shoe’.

  3. Style example of dubstep:
    Style example of Progressive House:  (jump ahead to ~1:00 for the beat to kick in… and I do somewhat contest the label “Progressive House”, but whatevs. The music in the dancing vid in the OP is LMFAO who self-describe their genre as “party rock”, but it’s a lot closer to Deadmau5’s Prog House than it is *anything* dubstep, mainly because dubstep is a slow breakbeat, not four-on-the-floor)

    1. “mainly because dubstep is a slow breakbeat, not four-on-the-floor”
      I can only think of a few dubstep artists that employ breakbeats, Rob Smith and Cluekid spring to mind. On the other hand there are plenty of 4×4 dubstep tunes too: LD, Benga, Skream, 2562, Hyetal, etc have done many 4 to the floor tracks…

      That definition of prog house you linked to is way-off. Prog is wishy washy trancey guff that thinks it’s deeper than it is – think Wyndam Hill with ungroovey beats, the crap in the video is fidget or electro house. Either way it’s shit! Great video though…

  4. Good, I’m not the only one getting too old to identify or care about new genres and subgenres of music. Electronica? Techno? Dubstep? Acid House? Y’all get off Kraftwerk’s lawn!

  5. My first thought was that this looks like Santa Claus the day after Christmas with a new trim and ready to party in some warm climes.

  6. I don’t know what it is about these vids, but they get me every time.  I love ’em; and this one’s a gooden (autocorrect: ‘goo den’ – I like that.).

    They just tick all the right boxes in my brain.

  7. AAAH, the guy that comes in with the suede jacket!  Honestly BoingBoing, sometimes you just make my day.

    edit: It is of course a brown shirt, not a suede jacket. It’s been a long day.

    1. LMFAO may well wear funny clothes and dance this way in their video, but that doesn’t mean they were the first to do it.  Not by a century or more.

  8. I think that dancing style is traditional Appalachian mountain clog dancing.  Jesco White made it famous with his own unique blend of clog and tap dancing.  Here’s an example of the original:

  9. The oldschool schooling the newschool…

    Now when we get a video of grandma doing some tecktonik that will complete the circle of life.

  10. I see lots of comments here debating how to classify the music, not nearly enough comments debating what to call that style of dance Granpa exhibits.

    Acid Skip? Rivertrance? PROG CLOG.

  11. I will steal of that guy’s moves. Hopefully I will be as cool as him when I’m his age.  But I doubt it.

  12. When I started getting into the club scene in college, I mused about my friends and I one day being pierced, hair dyed raving grandparents. Now, twenty years later, I still hit the clubs and don’t feel out of place. So this video is from the future.

  13. I am remixing a dubstep track different from the one you are listening to now. I am remixing the remix of the dubstep remix and I am going to remix it back into the dubstep remix again and again until the resonant frequencies of dubstep reinforce themselves so that any semblance of my original remix, with perhaps the exception of rhythm, is destroyed. What you will hear, then, are the natural resonant frequencies of dubstep articulated by dubstep. I regard this activity not so much as a demonstration of a physical fact, but more as a way to smooth out any irregularities dubstep might have.

  14. This is so illustrative of the theory I have that practitioners of bluegrass rarely smile to indicate that they are having a good time. They might break out in clogging, they might clap, they might turn to each other while picking and raise their eyebrows, but, no, they do not smile – very often.

  15. For those pondering “What’s in a name?” when glossing over tons of ill-defined EDM genre titles, keep in mind that the “dub” in dubstep refers to a previously underheard musical tradition producers in Jamaica grinded on for years. Not all of those people in that tradition are happy with the association with KoRN, brostep or cheesy electro-house. As Ras Mesinai tweeted recently, “Dubstep has now done to the word Dub what Israel has done to the Star of David.” Make of it what you will.

  16. What I’d LOVE to see is this fellow actually dancing to this music  followed by a few young hip-hop dancers doing their thing to his music.

    Talk about bridging the age gap!!

    How cool would THAT be  X-)

  17. What I’d LOVE to see is this fellow actually dancing to this music  followed by a few young hip-hop dancers doing their thing to his music.

    Talk about bridging the age gap!!

    How cool would THAT be  X-)

  18. I feel compelled to add this video as an example of a great combination of dirty drum n bass and church goers possessed by the holy spirit.

  19. Looks more like traditional tap, or soft shoe.  Still nice – what ever keeps you young. Dance while you can. Which I’d learned more before my leg went to shit :0/

  20. That’s the beauty of music and dance. It’s so easy to mix and match them willy nilly.

    I just loved that German industrial dance with dutch polka music mashup you linked, thanks for that, really made me smile.

  21. How about that whippersnapper jumping in, hogging the spotlight and wavin his arms all fancy-like and bobbin up n down like a excitable prairie dog?

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