Sunday, February 10, 2008

"It's 6 o'clock, are you ready to rock?" That was the opening tagline of The Scene, a dance show that ran daily from 1975-1987 on Detroit's WGPR channel 62, the world's first and (at the time) only black-owned tv station. The show had higher ratings than the 6:00 news on other channels and was so widely seen that its dancers became local celebrities overnight. (the song above is Kano's "I'm Ready")

The Funkateers dancing to Tom Tom Club's "Wordy Rappinghood" on The Scene in Detroit. The group hailed from Inkster, Michigan and were worshipped in Detroit for the unique dance they created called "The Funkateer", a unique combination of jitting and popping.

Slingshot were Detroit natives whose one and only chart entry was a medley of Steely Dan's "Do It Again" and Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean," which hit #1 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart in 1983.