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Girls in shoulder pads doing the Running Man to Nine Inch Nails on the late ‘80s/early '90s teeny-bopper show Dance Party USA. My day is made. - Lars

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Nine Inch Nails on Dance Party USA 1989

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Vintage Video: Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor lip syncs ‘Down In It’ on 'Dance Party USA’

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Using the 80s as an excuse won’t cut it, Trent Reznor. Recently, a rare video from the 1980’s hit television show Dance Party USA surfaced with a fresh band playing a song called “Down In It”. That’s right, a young Nine Inch Nails played on Dance Party USA to premiere their newest single to the world.

When this video surfaced, Trent tweeted, “Many years ago, a young and naive Nine Inch Nails were asked what TV shows they’d be interested in appearing on. As a joke (and likely drunk), they though of the most absurd choice they could come up with at the time. They were then informed their bluff had been called and were actually booked on said show.” He added, “They hopped in their Honda Civic touring vehicle (hatchback) and travelled many miles to (I think) NJ for the big show. They had a laugh making fun of the people, their fashion choices and hairstyles. Life was good. Years later, the internet is discovered.”

A funny side note that even Reznor noticed, “There’s a moral in there somewhere. Come to think of it, Skrillex may indeed owe me some publishing on that hairdo…” Yep, Reznor rocked the Skrillex-do in the 80s. (Source)

-Tripod

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Dance Party, USA (dir. Aaron Katz, 2006)

Dance Party is really not that good a film on convention. I found that everything was just awkwardly positioned and that there was very little regard for structure. A bulk of the running time is filled with long dragging conversations that could have instead helped in building dynamic among the characters. The main character is morally questionable. At many points the film succumbs to pretty banal tropes, and as it progresses, many things get difficult to believe. But this just feels like the sort of film that I would make, especially at this age. For that reason I love it. It’s nothing more than elementary filmmaking, sure, but it’s the kind that feels warm and raw and fundamental, in spite of its many flaws and shortcomings. When the quick ending comes, it feels deserved. In my review of Quiet City I mentioned not being a fan of mumblecore. I think it’s needless to say my opinion has changed over time. 4.5/5

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Having a dance party before I go see one of my favorite local bands tonite. See you on the dance floor?