Breaking with The Mighty Poppalots
Reviewed by Ken M. Wilson
Rating: 7.5 Beans
ecently, a friend of mine purchased a used video that he claimed leapt right out at him and begged to be purchased. He then pointed out to me that "Bad Movie Night" was lacking in horrible educational videos. We put the tape into VCR and viewed the first ten minutes with some fellas at work. When the line "It's always good to practice in front of a mirror so you can see how cool you look!" entered our collective subconscious we knew we had a winner. This tape has officially turned my head in the direction of "how to" specials.
"Breaking with The Mighty Poppalots" is a 60 minute instructional video made in the short-lived prime of that fad of fads, breakdancing. Now I'm a huge fan of the 1980s and always looked in awe at breakers (come on, you know you thought it was cool) but this film viewed today is a laugh riot.
The Mighty Poppalots are four guys -- Sly C, Crazzy Legs, Red Rooster, and someone else whose name escapes me at the moment. Following their dream of becoming a good dancing team, The Mighty Poppalots claim to have stormed the nation just like the Beatles... "four guys just having fun and bringing fun to everyone." Yeah. It's a hard day's night and I've been moon walkin' like a dog. Can you see Ringo doing the centipede? The Beatles? Come on, guys... seriously.
All rips aside (don't worry, there will be more), this cheaply made video has two of the four Mighties stepping us through the course. It's all here, too... you are taught the wave, the tick, the moonwalk, the electric boogie, and a ton of other fresh moves. One of the more comical was a whole five minute segment on how to look like a mime -- and this was supposed to put an end to street violence. I can only imagine how much their friends made fun of them for making this video. It's amazing what people will do for money.
If you can make it past the hypnotic desire to put on some Kangas and bust out the cardboard, pay attention to the ever-present smiles on the faces of the Pops. It's as if they knew that breakdancing was going to be out the door quicker than a 15 year-old after losing his virginity. Another thing that caused me to crack up was the incessant pointing to the camera and/or pointing to the body part that is going to be utilized in the teaching of the latest move. Yet, all in all, even the disclaimer has to be laughed at entirely. It states that if you are going to be attempting any of the breakdancing learned that you should do it in the presence of your parents or... are you ready for this? A professional breakdancers. I looked in the phone book but couldn't find any. Do you think they are listed under "dancers" or "social services?"
In the end I cannot deny how much I enjoyed watching this video. I'm sure that I'll be cracking it out numerous times whenever I need a cheap laugh at someone else's expense. "Breaking with The Mighty Poppalots" is a rare video to find but if you EVER get the opportunity grab it and enjoy.
I'd give my entire vinyl collection for an autographed picture of all four of The Mighty Poppalots. Anyone know what they are doing today?