At occasional Cheebah team meetings over the last four years, many projects are talked about. One that is always pencilled in is to get the above footage from 'Reelin in the years' and put it up on youtube and start trying to find out more about the particiapants.
Well finally somebody else has done it. I know that on a thread over at the limerick Blogger a few years ago this was mentioned and some names came out. However those comments are now deleted so if you can shine light on those involved we would love to hear more. Comment below.
UPDATE: Thanks to Colz and Cool C for the comments below. Keep them coming. Colz has also written a great personal account of why 84-85 was so important to many Irish youth. Unsurprisingly not everyone liked Dizzy Footwork. They were once referred to in a Dáil debate in 85. The speaker was Ned O Keeffe, Cork FF TD who would later become famous over his concern about "Babe" and its effects on the Irish Bacon industry and more recently for this outburst. Back in 85 Ned was talking about the need for Youth training and employment skills. He declared that skills like that of the tinsmith should be preserved and then went onto attack an event. The event was called the 'Youth Year Roadshow' and Ned maintained that it
"is an insult to our youth. Among the Roadshow's many features are... a... breakdancing performances by
the Mars breakdancing team — Dizzy Footwork.That is demeaning our youth and is an insult to them" !! (full transcripts)
This was the only reference ever to breakdancing in the history of the Dáil. Coincidentally, Ned's constituency colleague Sean Sherlock (Labour) made the only reference to hip hop.
"I've opened a practice room on O' Connell St Limerick so any bboys who
interested in becoming a member its 15euros a month. Every member has
access to the spot to train or hang out day or night whenever they want
. It's purpose is to give everybody a decent chance to make the most of
their time and bring hip hop to the younger generation as well as get
people of the streets. There will be lessons in bboyin ,graff,djing and
maybe mc'ing also. Lessons are extra but not much. So please support THE
HIP HOP SPOT, Upper O' Connell st, Limerick city."
The venue is downstairs at the corner of Mallow Street, where Southcentral LK was located before it moved. For the day that is in it Baz also has heartfelt piece on his real life superhero.