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[Comments] (11) Song & Dance: In the early days of rock 'n' roll[0], songs and dances were package deals. Every band had one or more songs that was just an excuse to do the corresponding dance. The song talked about nothing but how great the dance was, and sometimes told you how to do it. I don't know if the dances were invented to go along with the songs, or if dances spread through a different medium, and bands wrote songs to cash in on a dance craze.

You don't see this much anymore. I'm actually kind of glad, because I think those songs are generally pretty lousy. From a memetics standpoint, I do like the idea of a song just being an advertisement for some accessory to the song.

[0] Maybe earlier, too? I can't think of any jazz era dances that correspond to specific songs.


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