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“The Name Game” Challenge: Jessica Lange VS. Shirley Ellis

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It’s been about two weeks since American Horror Story: Asylum ended on FX, and for anyone who has seen the show, you will know that it is near impossible to get that rhythm and beat of Jessica Lange’s boppin’ rendition of the classic “The Name Game” which premiered in Episode 10 of the miniseries.

The scene, in which all the members of the cast work it out to the tune of Shirley Ellis’ 1964 hit is already sweeping the internet, and proves again that the show is there to push the boundaries of the genre, and take the story to the very outer limits of the audience’s expectation.

Surprising, Jessica Lange had never performed a sing and dance number throughout her expansive career, and so the scene was born, making everyone wonder why she hasn’t been shaking her thing and lip synching to herself before on screen. Absolutely electric, and ICONIC.

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Shirley Ellis, on the other hand, found immense success with the song, making her way to the top 3rd spot on the Billboard 100 with the number in 1965, but failed to have any follow-up success after this crazy song. It’s kind of a dirty word, but – one-hit-wonder, is often used to describe the career of Ms. Ellis who would release it a second time in the 60s, and again in 1973.

Now we are often looking for those bridges that lead us from the {Past} to the {Present}, and what better example than this! What we couldn’t manage was which version we enjoyed better?!

We grabbed videos of both Jessica Lange and Shirley Ellis performing the song, and were hoping to have a little battle, of sorts. They both have their merits, but we wanted to see which version struck the chord most with our readers!

So sit back, enjoy “The Name Game”,  and comment below which was your favourite!

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Nothing contrary about it. . . they’re both solidified into the zeitgeist, now!

So what did you think? who owned the challenge? Let us know in the comments below. You can also TWEET US or say your peace over on our FACEBOOK.

Don’t be shy!

Until shortly,

{theEye}

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Commercial Break: Shake That Thing Now! Dance Sequence from “Teenage Gang Debs” (1966)

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So what if they’re a little mean? Doesn’t mean they don’t know how to have fun, or better yet know how to throw a “kick-ass” dance party. “Teenage Gang Debs” definitely do!

Sort of a new obsession as of late. This exploitation classic takes the archetypal “mean girl” to a whole new level. Shot in gritty black and white on a very low budget, the film is everything we could ever hope for with a soundtrack that will keep you bobbing your head straight to the gates of hell.

The trailer describes these bad girls as   “The Go-Go Girls who go too far; from backroom binges to back alley rumbles anything goes as long as it’s violent!”

You get a great hit of vintage bad-ass styling here, too! REBELS FOREVER!!!

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We can’t wait to screen this at our studio with the company of our own group of Teenage Gang Debs!

This little dance sequence is one of the highlights of the film, so please check it out!

Start with the front punch

then do another front punch

then you do a knee kick

then you do another knee kick

And baby, that’s all you do

And then you’re a black belt too!

– “Black Belt” by Steve Karmen; Sung by Lee Dowell.

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Always Remember…

Sincerely,

{theEye}

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