Some songs just make you want to dance and whether you actually can or not is completely beside the point. In elementary school I went through somewhat of a break dancer phase with my own cardboard and everything. It might've just been that I liked to watch Beat Street or Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo alot but whatever, I thought I could take Poppin' Taco any day of the week. These days though, I would be grateful to actually have two left feet instead of the two left turns I'm walking around on. However, certain songs can make my lack of dancefloor prowess rendered null and void and allow me to return to my younger, funkier self.
Sure, James Brown, Michael Jackson and all the Motown gang can get anyone moving, but making rock-based dance music is no small feat. Arctic Monkeys have taken the traditional guitar, bass and drums and pulled them from the garage into the club. The drums sounds like punk, the bass is moving all over the place and the guitars are playing lines that sound like they should be coming from a Moog or a horn section. On paper it shouldn’t work as well as it does, but they pull it off. They bounce between rock and dance without ever leaning too heavy into one over the other. I can’t imagine how fun and sweaty a live show of theirs would be but I sure do love cranking them when I need a full body pick-me-up.
Listen for the shout out to Duran Duran (another band who tried to fuse rock and dance, albeit in a distinctly 80’s way) in my favorite song of theirs, “I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor” off their first record.