Friday Night Videos: Breakin’

Dirty Vegas: Days Go By (2002)

I have no idea why I find this video so poignant, and yet I do. Besides, the two dancers are rad.

Malcom McLaren: Buffalo Gals (1982)

It’s amusing that Buffalo Gals, the first breakdancing video shown on MTV, was a product of a white guy — from the UK, no less! I guess if raiding black culture for the white mainstream was okay for Elvis, it was okay for Malcom McLaren. It’s also interesting that Buffalo Gals takes a song that came from the blackface minstrel tradition and that later became used in squaredancing and turns it into a hip-hop song. This video is just one giant layer cake of juxtaposition.