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This is just bizarre: Spider-Man doing the Lindy Hop. Two wacky high school kids, who are phenomenal dancers, dress up like Spidey and Mary Jane, and do whatever the swing equivalent of rocking out would be. Pretty damn impressive. But still odd. I’m really wondering where he found Spidey-esque dancing shoes…

This represents a convergence of my interests that borders on dangerous. It’s a tie in with (500) Days of Summer, which I loved. It stars Zooey Deschanel, whom I love. It’s a video for the song “Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?”, which came in at #13 on my Best Songs of 2008. The song is by She & Him, who was featured on a Sunday Music Spotlight early last year. She & Him is comprised of Zooey Deschanel (there she is again) and M. Ward. M. Ward was the very first Sunday Music Spotlight. On top of all that, the video is kind of a Fred & Ginger meets Bonnie & Clyde thing, with Deschanel and (500) Days of Summer co-star Joseph Gordon-Levitt dancing their way through a bank heist, and I’m a sucker for heist movies. What I’m trying to say here is that, for me, resistance is futile.

Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt star in a video for She & Him’s “Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?”, a tie in to (500) Days of Summer

Christopher Walken, still weird after all these years
I’m pretty sure everyone likes Christopher Walken. It’s hard not to. After all, the guy’s managed to make a multi-decade career in Hollywood playing variations of one character: himself. He’s cooky, either to comedic or creepy effect. He’s so distinct that it seems every comedian has an impression of him. Yet he still gets roles because nobody does him better than him.

Today is the man’s 66th birthday. To celebrate, let’s take a look at a variety of things that make Walken The Man:
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First it was Alfonso Ribeiro. Now it’s Vin Diesel. Apparently break dancing videos were HUGE back in the day, because both of them made videos to teach you how to be the hippest of hoppers. Looking back on this it’s hard to believe anyone actually thought this was cool…

This video is very simple: it’s a little yellow robot (think an animated Peep) dancing to Spoon’s “I Turn My Camera On”. Sounds dumb right? Well it should be. But for some reason I can’t stop laughing…

That little limbless robot has far better moves than I do.

But wait, there’s more, and this time it’s a public performance:

More info on the videos over at Pitchfork

Alfonso Ribeiro, best known as Will Smith’s dorky cousin Carlton on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, pitches his instructional breakdancing book in this vintage YouTube gem. That’s right, an instructional breakdancing book. A book. Not a video. A book. Because 9 out of 10 experts agree that the most effective way to learn how to dance is from a book. Luckily the book also comes with a breaking board, a rap sheet, an instruction poster, AND “the right kind of music, Rap Attack” (actually BOTH volumes of Rap Attack). Oddly enough Tom Jones isn’t included on Rap Attack

No idea what the backstory is. I just know that if these guys were on The Wire they would have gotten the bats a long time ago.

Props to Crazy Joe for the tip