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What’s Fire About Wednesday’s Viral Dance on Netflix

by Ron Poblete

NETFLIX is slowly taking over for the record company in putting the spotlight on undiscovered, obscure, or once-popular artists with songs.

Take The Cramps for instance. Thanks to the Netflix latest series, Wednesday and actress Jenna Ortega’s mesmerizing performance, The Cramp’s “Goo Goo Muck” would have been left to gather cobwebs in vintage record bins if not for the attention they’ve been receiving from the platform. 

Wednesday Addams’ dance at Netflix’s new series “Wednesday” now viral

Ortega choreographed her own dance moves. She later on said on Twitter, that she paid tribute to the artists that inspired her work: “Siouxsie Sioux, Bob Fosse, Lisa Loring, Lene Lovich, Denis Lavant and archival footage of goths dancing in clubs in the 80’s.” 

The Cramps’ “Goo Goo Muck” was released in 1981. It is the second song in the album Psychedelic Jungle which is mainly a covers album. “Goo Goo Muck” originally was released by a rockabilly band called Ronnie Cook and the Gaylads in 1962.

This explains why some of Ortega’s choreography gives off some ’60s vibe as well. 

In case you’re wondering what the original 1952 song “Goo Goo Muck” sounds like

The Netflix post of the dance scene has received thousands of positive comments and now people have gone to TikTok and various social media platforms to show appreciation by doing parodies and their own take of Ortega’s dance moves with some even using the actual video on their posts while doing their version. 

@nianaguerrero

i am OBSESSED with that dance scene!! jenna really killed it as wednesday fr 😭😭🖤

♬ original sound – heyy

Another interesting tidbit is the song was also used in the 1986 horror film Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2. 

Lady Gaga is such a big fan of the series that she used Wednesday’s dance scenes for the Spotify background of her song Bloody Mary from her 2011 album Born This Way. 

The Wednesday Twitter account and Lady Gaga even had a cute exchange about this little tribute. 

On Tuesday, Netflix announced that Wednesday has now broken the record formerly held by Season 4 of Stranger Things for the most hours viewed in a single week for an English language series with 341.2 million hours. 

Expect Goth and everything punk to make a come back. It is almost certain the Wednesday look will be en vogue or banked for Halloween next year. 

Records of Siouxie and the Banshees will have an influx of searches online and the comparisons and reaction videos to Wednesday will only grow in the foreseeable future. 

The power behind the excellent curation of the music used for their well produced content is influencing even the music choices of the new generation. 

Netflix has done it with Kate Bush Running up that hill in an iconic scene from the series Stranger Things.

Netflix has done it again. 

With “Wednesday,” they’ve produced another cultural phenomenon. It’s another conversation piece between you and your Gen X parents and how now you are raiding their vinyl collections for more of these treasure finds. 

All hail to the new Goth Princess! 

Now let’s go watch that video one more time. 

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