Musical Montage: Was (Not Was) “Walk the Dinosaur”

Although a lot of you out there may be more familiar with the George Clinton cover version of Walk the Dinosaur from Super Mario Bros, Was (Not Was) is the group that originally introduced the prehistoric dance sensation to the world in 1987.  Coming off the group’s album, What Up, Dog?, Walk the Dinosaur became a massive hit, especially in the dance clubs of the 80’s, and hit #7 on the Billboard Hot 100, the group’s biggest hit by far.  The crazy thing about it’s popularity and it’s transformation into a dance club jam is that, according to co-writer Randy Jacobs, the song was actually a commentary/satire about nuclear war and the apocalypse but it’s upbeat, funky style and it’s constant playing on MTV made it’s true meaning go over pretty much everyone’s head.  The song was featured in 1994’s The Flintstones movie and Queen Latifah also sang a new, family friendly, version in Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs.  You can check out the music video below, which features lots of Flintstonesesque imagery and also featured clips from the Looney Tunes short, “Daffy Duck and the Dinosaur”, check it out below.

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