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Car full of jocks all know lyrics to Sugar Hill Gang in 1980?


Car full of jocks all know lyrics to Sugar Hill Gang in 1980?

LOVED the movie but this scene is a bit of BS. Rapper's Delight got to like 36 on the Billboard cart in 1980. Not many people knew it all that much at the time.

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Agree. Now if they knew the words to 'Good Times' then I could see it because that was a #1 song in 1979.

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I totally agree but what was worse was how long that scene was. I was sitting there just waiting for this scene to cut but it just kept going and going and...

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The thing that bugged me during this scene was that the dudes except for the black guy seemed more like metal heads. I was totes shocked when they went to a club to dance to disco music. Just didn't seem like their scene.

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They went to the disco club for the women...1980 heavy metal women in Texas weren't a pretty sight or abundant... Hahah...but seriously they went for the chicks and booze not the music.

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Exactly. And that was made pretty clear in the scene at the punk show. They admitted to be disingenuous chameleons in their effort for women.

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On the contrary, they were opportunists. ;)

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My best friend was a white football player jock and knew all the lyrics to Rappers Delight and would sing them all the time in the early 80's. So that scene was hilarious to me.



















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I could see that. I went to HS in early 80's and remember that song being all over school so it got popular somewhere!

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It's quite believable, generally, that they would be aware of it. I clearly remember hearing it the prior spring, if not earlier. I don't know how many people bought the record, but it was definitely a topic of conversation. Knowing all the words, and being able to keep up in real time is tougher. It was the first hip hop most people had ever heard. The general impression was that it was almost unbelievably fast and complicated.

I can buy one guy learning it, as an impressive stunt. Keep in the mind that there (obviously) was no Internet where you could find the words written out. You would've had to get the record and listen to it a couple of hundred times. Everyone in the car seems unlikely. Jumping for "Hotel, Motel, Holiday Inn," (or maybe "the Knicks play basketball") is about all anybody I knew could muster.

The "jock" part is pretty much irrelevant, I think.

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My cousin graduated from high school in Conroe TX in 1981 (which is 40 miles south of where Linklater went to college). Him and the rest of his basketball team performed rappers delight in full at his senior talent show. First time I ever heard the song - I thought they had made it up.

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Haha, love it!!!

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Yes, it is believable.

Rapper's Delight was a music game changer, harbinger of the 80s style.

I even knew the lyrics and I was only 8.

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You must not have been alive when that song was out. Total game change. I knew the lyrics and I was 10 years old.

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