Friday, May 25, 2012

The Black Keys Lonely Boy Dancer Video

My sister posts music videos on Facebook and I admit I don't always look at them.  "Have you seen the dancer yet on the Black Keys' video?", she kept asking me.  After a few days I watched the video and was laughing, not at the dancer and "singer".  I was laughing as I was sitting here thinking of how well my sister knows me. I appreciate good dancing, as a matter of fact I can say that about several of my family members.  She knew I would love this video and she was right!  I wonder how many times I have watched it.  Apparently I am not alone, a few weeks ago the views were around thirteen and a half million.  Today as I type this, the views are at 14,105,000!  Not bad for an "accident".  Only the footage of Tuggle dancing was used as the Lonely Boy video, the rest of the video was not used for some "unknown reason".   If you only have mere seconds to spare on this video, at least watch from 2:24 and have the volume up!

The following info came from a MTV website:

The real Internet dancing sensation may very well be Derrick T. Tuggle, the 48-year-old actor/musician/part-time security guard currently setting the web ablaze with his smooth moves in the Black Keys' "Lonely Boy" video.

For the uninitiated, the clip stars Tuggle — and only Tuggle — as a herky-jerky dance machine who grooves to the Keys' new single while standing outside a motel room. Over the course of three-plus minutes, as the sleeves of his dress shirt become increasingly unrolled, he cycles through a series of rather amazing moves (and even mimics a few of the lyrics) before triumphantly thrusting his fist skyward as the song comes to a close. It is a decidedly odd, strangely compelling performance, and because of it, the "Lonely Boy" video — the first clip from the Keys' El Camino album — has racked up nearly 400,000 views in less than 24 hours.

In Tuggle's words:

"I was cast as an extra, and there were maybe six or seven other people who were supposedly going to be in the Black Keys video. ... I was the first one to perform in the video. It was a motel shot where the guys from the Black Keys come and give me the keys to their motel room," he said. "The director just sort of noticed me dancing and asked me, 'Can you perform?' I said, 'I can dance, anybody can dance".

The end result is most definitely crazy — not to mention rather incredible, considering Tuggle nailed the routine in a single take ("As an actor, you have to know your lines, you have to be ready, so I was," he explained.



Nova said...

When you watch this video and listen to the music you wanna stand up and dance with him....

I like the song, it makes my morning :-)))

Beautiful weekend dear Cindy


Emma said...

It's a great video Cindy! I love the Black Keys!

Emma x

Shelly said...

This was vastly entertaining, and well worth the time to watch!

Clint said...

My Gawd I'll be glad when you get this outta yer system it's been drivin' me bonkers for weeks now as I have to listen as you play that video with the volume turned up and you laffin' like a drunk hyena. Whew!

Cindy Ellison said...

Clint, what can I say but I appreciate good dancers! ;~0