Spike Jonze has been a busy boy lately; in addition to directing Fatboy Slim’s “Praise You,” which nabbed two moonmen (for Best Choreography and Breakthrough Video) by the time Slim was slated to perform, he helmed the upcoming feature “Being John Malkovich” and acts in the eagerly anticpated film “Three Kings.”
But for VMA afficionados, the coming years may find Jonze remembered most fondly for his cartwheel and “freestyle” dance solo during a rather conceptual performance of Fatboy Slim’s “Praise You.”
The director-actor, who can now (perhaps legitimately) add “dancer” to his resume, led the now-infamous Torrance Community Dance Group out on stage to the strains of the “Praise You” intro, all dressed in large, fluffy white robes. Fatboy Slim, a.k.a. Norman Cook, was soon revealed underneath a blanket at the back of the stage, sitting at a piano and making a (purposely) poor show of playing it.
Jonze and the dancers then shed their robes revealing… well, stylish looking black bodysuits covered with red blinking lights, many of which fell off during the course of the troupe’s rather energetic routine. The “performance” was highlighted by Jonze taking center stage for a solo, topped off with a lovely cartwheel.
A nearly speechless VMA host Chris Rock had this to say about the performance: “Fatboy Slim? Looks like ’White Boy Retarded.'”
Soon after the Torrance troupe’s mini-dance recital, Spike Jonze and “Praise You” earned another VMA, this time for Best Direction In A Video.
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