Eugene Cho

please stop dancing

Ok, is it bad that I can’t stop laughing?  Anyone remember Rick Astley from the 1980s?  I kinda remember and I thought he was kinda cool.  He emerged as a global sensation and star with the song, Never Gonna Give You Up, which hit #1 in the U.S. and U.K. in 1987.  I never saw the video then since MTV was banned in our family.  And then I saw this video recently on YouTube and just couldn’t stop laughing.  It just makes me smile.

The great thing thing is that Rick is still singing and touring.  But I hope he’s stopped dancing… 

What’s the lesson here?  Be careful what gets recorded.  You may forever be remembered via YouTube…

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22 Responses

  1. Nick H says:

    I think he’s awsome. Thanks for posting this! Next time I get on the dance floor I’m going to bust out some of these moves.

  2. e cho says:

    i would pay to see you dance like that.

  3. Deanne says:

    The most perfect part of this is the barman who, at first shot, is staring at this red-head dancing with the most perplexed look on his face. I can only imagine what he is thinking. Appropriate that its the frame frozen on this page!

  4. RyanBD says:

    What I’m questioning is the choice of venues – what’s with the trench coat + dark alley + “I’m never gonna give you up…never gonna say goodbye…” Stalker? The interplay between dark and light settings…could be a cry for help from the Rickster.

    I can’t believe this is the first comment I’m making on this blog.

  5. peggyluwho says:

    I still think he’s hot.

  6. januarys says:

    peggy, me too! and he was by far the BEST dancer in that video…. haha

  7. abarclay12 says:

    He looks like if it was 1985 and Clay Aiken had joined the mafia. But the dance moves are priceless.

  8. januarys says:

    you act like Clay Aiken is not in the mafia… come on, am i the only one who remembers Fredo?

  9. abarclay12 says:

    Ha! That made me laugh out loud. You’re right. Fredo was total Clay Aiken. Good call.

  10. andie ellis says:

    Eugene,
    I just sent this to Rachel and Karl….I haven’t laughed like this in a long time..
    Thanks..
    andie

  11. J. Michael Matkin says:

    Sadly, I remember this video far too well. Thanks for the trip down amnesia lane, Eugene. Astley ranks up there with Mike Tyson in the Body and Voice Mismatch department.

  12. Dan H says:

    He was always a bit uncool with me because my Mom always said he was seemed like a ‘nice young man.’

  13. DK says:

    Eugene, you absolutely made my week. You see, I have this running joke with my wife that my one dancing move is the same as Rick Astley’s one dancing move (where he makes two fists and flails his arms around to the beat). She always just looks at me in confusion–she remembers Rick Astley but not the videos…

    I hadn’t actually seen the video in probably 15-20 years, but the dancing was just like I remembered. (If I remember, he does the same kind of dancing in the “Together Forever” video too). Anyway, thanks for posting that–

  14. e cho says:

    You people are really scaring me how much you liked Rick.

    FWIW, my favorite scene is him in denim jeans, denim shirt, big mamma glasses, and dancing like….well, like he always dances.

  15. Noel says:

    I can never get over the disjoint between his voice and his looks.

  16. Mrs.K. says:

    Even though I was born in the 80s, and am therefore more a child of the 90s…I love 80s music..so I’ve heard this song dozens of times, but I’ve never seen the video until now. Wow! I know what you mean…I hope for his sake, he’s not dancing anymore, either. Somehow, the bartender reminds me of someone from A Chorus Line…but, wow, Rick is just clapping and shaking and doing a great white boy job there.

    I agree with Noel, though…there is a big disjoint between looks and voice….it actually surprised me that it was this song because he didn’t look capable of that voice.

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  18. Have you seen this YouTube video where the Rickster stops colic in its tracks?

    Pretty dang impressive! Now people won’t be so quick to judge his dance moves.

  19. […] 80’s flashback……  the denim short (sold for $40 at the Gap and still hanging in my closet)… the […]

  20. I think the greater crime is the high beltline on those jeans. but jeeez… let’s just appreciate that voice a minute. ahh. soak it in… hearing this, I feel his conviction. He WON’T give us up. It’s nice to trust in that.

  21. Carrie says:

    aaww no fair – for the 80’s and a white guy….he has rythem!

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