You know da one. No? Well, let someone from Wisconsin show ya da way!
Ya hear da horns, ya hear da accordion, ya bend over, ya start flapping your arms and legs … and, yah, well, it helps to have a few beers in ya.
Here at AM, Then FM, we occasionally do our part to present (and thus preserve) small slices of our regional culture. That would explain all those Packers songs and last summer’s trip to the Pulaski Polka Days festival.
Today we honor the memory of Bob Kames. He’s the Milwaukee organist and music store owner credited with taking a 1950s Swiss song called “Dance Little Bird” or “The Bird Dance” and popularizing it (and polka-izing it) in America as “The Chicken Dance.” He passed away Wednesday. He was 82.
Growing up in central Wisconsin in the mid-’70s, you could not go to a wedding — particularly a Polish or German wedding — and not have polka music. When you had polka music, you always heard, and did, the Chicken Dance. You learn it when you are young, and you do it forever.
Here are the instructions.
Here is the music.
“The Chicken Dance,” Brave Combo, from “Group Dance Epidemic,” 1997. A must for any party.
But it’s not enough just to hear it. You must see it.
The folks at this wedding clearly have not had enough to drink yet.
Now watch Vince Neil of Motley Crue do the Chicken Dance. Classic.