Yesterday I got a notice from YouTube that the video of me performing The Electric Slide on stilts on the Today Show has been removed as a result of a third party claiming that the material was infringing. Now I figured this “third party” was either from NBC or Hasselhoff or maybe even Regis. But it was neither of them. It came from a website called: http://the-electricslidedance.com/
Besides the image of Spiderman dancing around, the site is a little hard to follow. After sifting through several legal documents I finally gathered that the owner of the site is none other than the guy who invented The Electric Slide. His name: Ric Silver. And Ric means business.
According to his website (scroll down towards the bottom), Ric not only invented The Electric Slide (back in 1975 for the re-opening of the Vamps disco on 71st and Broadway), but he also single handedly invented several other dances, such as “Locking”, “Poppin’”, “The Weeble”, ”The Robot”, “Breakdancing” (all by himself), and something known as “The Texas Silver Star”.
Also, this guy is well connected. Just take a look at all of the celebrity stars he’s linked to (after reading his bio “My Life on Earth is Short”, scroll down to the bottom). The range of stars Ric knows is endless. There’s Charles Michael Adler (or Beanie), Christopher Jones from “Wild in the Street”, Bobby from “The Boys in the Band”, David Ogden Stires (who’s shoes may or may not “Look Swell”), Cher, and finally, The Rock.
So as you can see, Ric is a very powerful man. Still… I’m gonna fight him with everything I’ve got! And you know what that is, right? My trusty pair of shiny red stilts.
For Ric never thought to perform The Electric Slide…on stilts. Did ya Ric? Huh? You only thought the dance could work on LEVEL GROUND. Well guess what, Ric-mesiter? It works a whole lot better three feet up in the air. I’m taking The Electric Slide to a whole new frontier! A place where the laws of gravity simply don’t apply. From my vantage point, way up here on my slilts, your little pip-squeek “electric slide” dance might as well have training wheels attached to it.
So there you have it. I’m gonna do my best to fight the powers that be involved with The Electric Slide. Er…actually…can I? Any lawyers out there? Here’s a link to the procedure for sending a counter notice to YouTube.