Saturday, 8 May 2010

Beat Street....flashback!

I watched Beat Street again the other night. But what was different with this viewing was that I watched the whole thing from start to finish instead of just heading to the battle at The Roxy as is the usual routine.
So here we have the film in pictures with some analytical commentary.

This is a nice shot of the action that's about to occur.
The Beat Street crew (or rather, The New York City Breakers) ready for battle.
Look at Lee's get-up; to paraphrase Prince Vince, he's sporting it fresh, Homes.

Look Ramo. A white one!
And so it was. Gleaming, clean & fresh.
Unfortunately the subsequent burner sprayed by Ramo was anything but fresh.

And here it is. I think even in 1984 we were looking at this and thinking, "Was it Bring Your Daughter To Work Day when they shot this scene?".
Considering Martha Cooper, Michael Holman, Tony Silver, Henry Chalfont, Kool Herc, The NYC Breakers, Rock Steady Crew, Afrika Bambaataa and Jazzy Jay were on board then they should have treated the 4th element of hip hop with just as much respect.

And here we go again. What a waste of Krylon.

Here's Jazzy Jay at The Roxy rocking those shades before Kanye was out of Rusks. Probably.
And proof that someone else other than Mastermind mixed on the GLI.

Richard Sisco. There he is.

With lyrics such as "Often imotated but never duplicated" I'm wondering, like you, why he never reached the dizzy heights of fame that so cruelly passed him by.
He shoulda dropped that Wanda Dee like a bad habit. Then maybe it would've been HIM singing about thongs.

Here is 'The System'.
Now this guy deserves his own show. No, not the Michael Jackson-alike but the yuppy keyboard player on the right.
The way he grooves and gets down throughout the whole song? He was born with music in his bones, this dude!

Now I might be wrong but weren't these two in the beginning of that Arena documentary, Beat This! A Hip Hop History...? They were poppin' on the street in Times Square and peering into the electronics shop watching Mel Brookes on one of the tv's.
They're called Fantastic Duo btw. And they are, rather.

This was an influential scene for me when I was growing up.
I had various sound equipment around my room in homage to Double K's bedroom. Oh happy days.

The man, the myth, the legend. DJ Kool Herc live at the Burning Spear.
While it was good to hear Kenny spinning the cool Tommy Boy ish - well, mixed by Jazzy Jay actually - it would have been even cooler to have Herc on the wheels of steel.
But then again, I dread to think what they would've made him play.

What a shot.
I mean, look at them. You're facing off with Rock Steady!!
If this was my POV I'd be uprocking with cacky pants.

The legendary Kuriaki (RIP) and the immortal diss to Powerful Pexter:

Powerful Pexter : You're biters, all your homeboys are biters.
Kuriaki: I ain't never stole no moves from you, your moves ain't worth to be bit. So what's up with that, punk?

This was a great scene in that it tried to convey a sense of authenticity of the hip hop culture.
Like KRS ONE said, "power from the streetlight made the place dark".
We see the guy hooking up the power cable to a streetlight and suddenly the whole room lights up.
US Girls are in the house which is always good. I must admit I had a thing for Lisa Lee. I think it was the haircut.
But check out the turntable. Hmmm, Double K, I don't think Kool Herc would've let you play at the Burning Spear if he'd clocked this. Why and how did the needle get over there?

That's all for now. The next post will feature a 'cut-out-and-keep' guide to the b-boys at The Roxy Battle! So what's up with that, punk?


MisterVera said...

excellent post mate

ramses3rd said...

Saw this again a while back. It was fun but it seems to get a little worse every time I watch it. I was speaking to a fella at work who couldn't understand why they hadn't released Vicious Beat as a 12". He seemed a little upset as I laughed violently in his face.

Ben said...

Ramses m'boy, you is a harsh mofo. Gimme some dap ;0)

Ruse One said...

Cool... you should do this for Breakdance 1 and 2... I have the Breakdance 2 DVD but I am too scared to watch it, the last time I saw it in the 80s, it took me weeks to recover.... Maybe Krush Groove as well :)

Lovegrove said...

I love this film so much, I must have watched it 100 times since it came out on VHS. I have a few movies on my iPod for easy access when I need a fix:

• Beat Street
• Breakdance (shut up, I LIKE IT)
• Breakdance 2 – Electric Boogaloo (I STILL LIKE IT)
• Wildstyle
• Style Wars

"Eat you eggs before I break your legs"


I did a reinterpretation of the poster a while back too, you can see it here:

Jiglo said...

Love this film.

I know Wild Style came first 2 years earlier, then Breakdance (which totally transformed break time at school into 'break' time from a b-boy perspective), but this is the first film I saw that had all the elements of hip hop in it's true setting.

I'm still searching for the tune Jazzy Jay drops before The Roxy battle... Lisa Fischer - 'Only Love (Shadows)', but I don't think it was released on vinyl.

müzik said...

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Jamez Gant said...

a great read about a great film!!

rodney lane said...

This was really good! I thought Breakin' and Beat Street were the only two Breakdance movies. What's "wild style" and "Breakdance"?

Repo said...

There's quite a few, Rodney. Beat Street is the best for breaking I would say.
'Breakdance' is the UK name for the film 'Breakin'...'.
And if you've never seen Wild Style then you're in for a treat. It's the film which is held in regard as THE hip hop movie. Check Youtube for it.

Wock said...

Allways loved this film.Can anyone say if the intro to the film music(Son of Beat Street...rap version)was put out.Only the scratch version came on the 2nd lp.If it didn't come out then I think Grandmaster Caz and Jazzy Jay should put it out.

DJ LAZ-E said...

What a nerds 😂😁

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