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A groove no mere mortal can resist

October 15, 2008
By GEOFF HAYWARD

It's that time of year again. You've finally got that new, unoriginal Halloween costume all ready, and you're just itching to get to the party.

People are always saying that you look mildly like Johnny Depp (maybe it's the dreadlocks?), so this pirate outfit should be easy to pull off. Plus, you can use it again for Winter Carnival - no one will remember anyway.

But what happens when you have to hit the dance floor, my man? What then? Oh, surely there will be a fog machine, but you're still going to have to cut some rug amidst the mist.

My advice: Start practicing now. It's all about putting the time in. And there is no better practice for impressing that special ghoul on Hallow's Eve than watching Michael Jackson's "Thriller" again and again on YouTube.

It's something everyone does at one point or another (isn't it?). And, at nearly 14 minutes long with tens of millions of views, "Thriller" is the number one song to make Halloween party playlists since Oct. 31, 1983. Why? Well, it is, frankly, a phenomenon.

The video itself is morbid, with zombies rising from their graves only to dance the night away to Michael Jackson's infectious grooves. And yet, this song inevitably finds its way onto the jukebox at some point. When that happens, all bets are off, and the person with the best zombie dance impression is king.

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A tip: Just start out with the head tic, and build from there.

But, hey, maybe you're not into Michael Jackson - that's cool, I'm not really either, I just like this one video. But anyway, maybe you like being popular. Guess what? Knowing the "Thriller" dance is cool, even if admitting you like Michael Jackson's music in broad daylight isn't. I don't fully understand the science behind it either.

Anyway, what are you waiting for? That moonwalk isn't just going to up and do itself, you know. Just don't let anyone catch you practicing.

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