Fancy a dance – on the ceiling?


Thursday 13 November, 2014 by Uncle Spike

Dancing on one’s ceiling, or anyone else’s for that matter, is not perhaps an everyday pastime for most of us mere mortals, however back in 1986, a certain Lionel Brockman Richie, Jr. released his 3rd solo album all about such antics.




For young teen rebel Spike back then, it was an anthemic piece of musical escapism; and a track that recalls memories of poorly coordinated cavorting around the poky little dance floors of seedy back-street nightclubs of southern England.

I thank the big chap upstairs for not permitting the invention of mobile video technology back in those days.

So here is one of my all time fave’s from my series, Tunes I Love… 

I hope you enjoy 🙂


15 thoughts on “Fancy a dance – on the ceiling?

  1. This kind of post is needed. Sometimes, we all get bogged down in the heavy stuff. I know I am often lost in writing about painful childhood memories, and will switch it up to discuss music, food, photography, etc., which are all part of who I am. So…good for you. Carry on.
    p.s. ” Hello”…an all time favorite and tear-jerker of a video. Also…”Still” can elicit tears even still. (See what I did there).

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  2. lizard100 says:

    I like the different types of stuff you write. Just reading the comments. Yours is a blog I like because it’s eclectic. People who have different angles are always more interesting. : ) rock on!

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  3. lizard100 says:

    Wouldn’t say all time fav but memorable times for sure. Still get goosebumps with that ‘hello’ video even if it’s a bit corny.


  4. Can I be honest? youtube clips belong on Facebook, I would much prefer to read your original thoughts rather than posting for the sake of posting just to achieve ‘postaday’. I hope I don’t offend you with this feedback!


    • Uncle Spike says:

      Some love ’em, others, like your good self, don’t. Just feel free to ignore such posts in future, and no, not offended at all. Each to their own, and all that.


      • Come on Spike, let’s see more of your original writing, your farm stories have faded away recently! As I say, no offence just constructive feedback I hope!


        • Uncle Spike says:

          Again, each to their own Andrew. With the same stuff happening year on year in farming, I don’t want to repeat over and over. Saying that, I am also venturing more into what we do with our produce based on numerous requests for such posts, and to date they are well-received.

          As for the musical side, it’s another angle to what I am all about, and have proven very popular. It helps followers understand who I am, reminds others of memories of their own, and introduces bands to others who hadn’t previously heard them (again, from feedback). I know my blog is a mixed bag, but that’s about the summation of my life.


          • Sorry Spike. Let me explain. I believe that a blogging platform like WP should provide an opportunity for creative writing and imaginative photography. People like you and I should be making sure of that. We need to protect that. If WP simply becomes another Facebook site, and that seems to be the direction that it is taking, then we run the risk of losing it as a credible website altogether. It is easy to generate hits from posting music clips but surely so much more satisfying to know that people want to read interesting and well written posts. I apologise for being grump. This, you will be pleased to hear, is my last word on the matter.

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            • Uncle Spike says:

              Ok, understand where you are coming from, and yes, WP should not drift into Tumblr territory; it is a different medium to a degree. However social media is about being social, and the sharing of my story comes in many forms, from travel, to gardening, photography, silly stuff, and yes, music; it’s all part of me, and my life story. I’m not a creative writer. I dabble, sure, and certainly enjoy that side too, but that’s not my sole purpose. Perhaps I should move to a different platform more suited to my style of varied offering.

              I try, at least, to share views of myself, or that is my intention. I’m not selling SEO ‘expertise’, or endlessly trying to plug a book for financial gain, or posting over-controversial stuff in the hopes of going viral, being Freshly Pressed, or attracting commercial sponsorship. I think these issues are more serious in terms of WP usage.

              As for ‘easy generating of hits’ based on posting music videos, well, they are by no means big hitters, far from it. In fact, hits are scored from the simplest of posts of a single image to be honest, with no words at all. I don’t find music posts easy – I don’t watch videos, never have, rarely listen to the radio and have no music collection really these days either. So for me, I spend a lot of time trying to find the right clips that trigger memories, try to add my slant on it, and share it with my followers as just another example of who I am. Nothing more sinister than that.

              As for being a grump, you are British, and we are the best at that, no worries. I know my blog has evolved, and that you for one may not appreciate the direction(s) that it has gone, but personally I am quite comfortable with the multi-angled approach. However, the question you perhaps quite rightly pose, is “Is WP the right forum for my type of blog?” For now, the feedback is overwhelmingly in favour of the diversity I’ve introduced (for my blog, not everyones), but I thank you for your candour Andrew, appreciated as always. Funny thing is, I really thought you liked the “Tunes I Love” series, having ‘liked’ and commented on 7 or 8 of them at least. Any hoo…

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