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Shirley Ellis – The Clapping Song (Coconuts Beat Club New Orleans Bounce Edit)

There’s a reason I’ve never really dabbled in the bounce genre. It has a lot to do with my being intimidated by the amount of movement that is required of the listener. Now, I’m someone who loves nothing more than dancing at any point in the day. I’ll always find an excuse. So it does come as a surprise to myself, and probably to you, when I say that this song is so much fun that it tired me out. I need to go to New Orleans and see how they do it over there, because there’s probably a matter of pacing that I just don’t get. I’m all out all the time with the moves, and all out moves to this song will leave you breathy.

Needless to say, this is your perfect Thursday pump-up jam. If you are the character that needs no excuse to start busting a move in the middle of the subway platform, then this is your song. I will admit, the fact that we’re dealing with Shirley Ellis and such a classic track had me a little nervous before listening to this song in its entirety, but just allow it to happen. It’s the kind of track that has me whipping my hair in circles then flipping it over my shoulder just in time to put my hands on my hips and stomp in place, booty movements galore.

May your Thursday be filled with bounce and sass.

Shirley Ellis – The Clapping Song (Coconuts Beat Club New Orleans Bounce Edit)

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Shirley Ellis – The Clapping Song

I walked into a pizza shop in SoHo recently to find this song playing. Coincidentally, a friend had sent it to me on Spotify just a couple of days before, so you can only imagine my pleasure at encountering by chance. The pizza shop on Thompson and Spring usually doesn’t play this kind of music, but on that particular foggy and humid day, they seemed to be doing a great job with their music selection.

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this in any previous posts, but I’ve recently taken on the task of learning how to DJ, and I’ve never felt more thrilled about any decision in my life. As someone who constantly talks about music, I feel like it’s only appropriate to try and connect with listeners on the dance floor by providing the tunes. There’s something really special about a DJ with eclectic tastes who is open to catering to all tastes. Because you might show up to a party expecting to hear solely funk tunes, but the unexpected throwback classic ’90s R&B jam, or oldies doo-wop, is always more of a pleasure than a stir-up. And I think that’s the kind of feel I’d like to bring to the dance-floor: unexpected joy. We’re always going to revert to that old sound, because it’s so damn catchy and reliable. This song in particular brings me back to a time that I didn’t even exist in, but it pulsates through my veins and drops me into the thicket of a bustling teenaged dance-floor, circa 1965. A beautiful afro haired woman turns to me, gives me a shimmy and a clap, and turns away. I’m in bliss.

3, 6, 9
The goose drank wine
The monkey chew tobacco on the streetcar line
The line broke, the monkey got choked
And they all went to heaven in a little rowboat.”

Happy listening, my little dance-bears.

Shirley Ellis – The Clapping Song