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Snap! ~ Rhythm Is A Dancer

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Uploaded on Feb 28, 2009

"Rhythm Is a Dancer" is a song recorded by the act Snap!, released as a single in the second quarter of 1992, from the album The Madman's Return. It was written by Benito Benitez, John 'Virgo' Garrett III (aliases for German producers Michael Münzing and Luca Anzilotti), Thea Austin and Durron Butler and produced by Snap! It achieved a huge success in many countries, topping the charts in France, Ireland Italy, the Netherlands, Germany and the UK.

The track features lead vocals by Thea Austin, and a rap from Turbo B, containing the line "I'm serious as cancer when I say rhythm is a dancer". The line, widely felt to be somewhat tasteless, has become infamous as it regularly features in polls to find the worst song lyric of all time. However, this line has been used extensively in hip hop since at least 1987 (J.V.C.F.O.R.C.E.'s 1987 release 'Strong Island' features the lyric) - an album of the same name was released in 1989 by Red, Black and Green, and Rakim has used it more than once ("I Ain't No Joke", "Eric B is President").
"Rhythm Is a Dancer" is based on the main melody of the track "Auto-Man" from the early 1980s electro band Newcleus.
According to Miz hit. tubes, a book which analyses the French chart, "this discotheque song alternates the female singing of the chorus with the fluid rap and set back from the verses. These are tinged with a resonant sonority, with astonishment melancholic relents for a hit dance. That gives to the whole a very particular colouring; almost nostalgia[1]".

The music video for "Rhythm Is a Dancer" was directed by Howard Greenhalgh and shows singer Thea Austin and a backup band at a rocket-type factory filled with smoke. Austin and her group perform the song on elevated platforms while a group of dancers dance on a closed ground platform below them. Interpersed throughout these scenes are animated shots of flickering astrology maps and animated figures dancing. [info courtesy: wikipedia.org]

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