I donned a black leotard, pink tights, and pink ballet slippers. My mom dropped me off at the Irine Fokine School of Ballet, and when she picked me up an hour later I immediately asked when I'd get to go back again. At age five, my ballet teachers were Miss Schumann and Miss Ross. If you possess decent reading comprehension skills, you'll remember from just a few sentences ago that at age five, I began studying ballet at the Irine Fokine School of Ballet.
From age eight through age seventeen, my ballet teacher was Irine Fokine.
Rock stars are perceived by most as being the coolest of all celebrities.
So what happens when a popular musician also turns out to be a, gasp, nerd?
Better still, he’s covered the themes to Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? The fact that the group have achieved mainstream success is baffling and more than just a little impressive.
and Speed Racer, and his early videos featured footage from anime films. But what really proves that he is one of us is his tattoo of Urusei Yatsura‘s Lum — the same character that Topless Robot main man Rob Bricken has permanently inked on his person. Dre’s “Bitches Ain’t Shit” into a romantic ballad, extolling the virtues of a cappella vocal groups or recording with good pal William Shatner, Folds is always making his brand of piano-based nerdiness seem cool to frat boys and indie rock snobs alike. As the above clip proves, even people in the heartland find latex-clad anarchists with Lovecraftian tendencies lovable. So you can imagine that the “Whip It” video, what with its weird hats and mashed potatoes, was akin to my worst nightmare.
Every now and again a group or individual performer comes along whose gimmick, left-of-center approach to music or dedication to creating decidedly non-mainstream material gains attention amongst kindred spirits. Some are superstars, others are obscure curiosities.