Weird of the Day: Pocket Lips, “It’s Amazing (The Incredible Dance)”

Pocket Lips

We’ve been doing this blog for a long time, so we like to think we’ve gotten pretty good at tracking down information about obscure artists over the years. But every once in awhile, one of you eagle-eyed readers points us to something so far off the pop culture grid, no combination of Google search terms yields many results. That certainly seems to be the case with the South African novelty act Pocket Lips.

A reader named Shane sent us a link to Pocket Lips’ one and only hit—and yes, by accounts it was a hit in South Africa back in 1987, when it climbed all the way up to No. 6 on the local pop charts. Also by all accounts, the band was a studio project made up of producers/musicians Ian Osrin (actually a highly respected South African recording engineer and record producer with an extensive list of legit credits), Zack Haynes and Sam Wingate, plus a vocalist named Keith Berel who had previously fronted a popular Johannesburg band called Flash Harry. How all these apparently talented individuals came to record a song as ridiculous as “It’s Amazing (The Incredible Dance)” is a bit of a mystery—although I suppose the bigger mystery is how a song as ridiculous as “It’s Amazing (The Incredible Dance)” became a top 10 hit. Was pop radio under apartheid a whites-only affair? Maybe that might explain it.

At any rate, this ridiculous song  from this ridiculous band (not be confused with a more recent U.K. act called Pocket Lips, who are also ridiculous, but for different reasons) has an equally ridiculous video, which we will now share with you because ridiculous is kind of our thing. Enjoy.


3 thoughts on “Weird of the Day: Pocket Lips, “It’s Amazing (The Incredible Dance)”

  1. The Spin Dokter

    “Was pop radio under apartheid a whites-only affair? Maybe that might explain it.”

    This is the most ignorant racist comment I have ever read… are you a Black Propagandist or a corrupt Zuma ANC activist? Or maybe you are on some kind of Narcotic trip after listening to this crap? No, there were many Black South African Artists who Flourished in the Apartheid era. MARIAM MAKEBA, SIPHO HOTSTIX MABUSA, DR VICTOR AND THE RASTA REBELS, OSCAR PETERSON, LUCKY DUBE, BRENDA FASSIE, HUGH MASEKELA, CHAKA KAHN, EVONNE CHAKA CHAKA, CHICCO, LADYSMITH BLACK MABASO, THE FLAMES..all NON WHITE phenomenal artists and musicians MANY MANY more were welcomed and enjoyed by “white” people in South Africa in the Apartheid years. I know because I am a DJ since 1987 in South Africa and am still going strong and still DJing many “Black and Colored weddings” as well..

  2. Richard

    Nigel. Utter rubbish. I don’t know where you grew up but music was definitely not whites only. Plenty of non white artists were heard and liked as much as white artists were. MTV in the mid 80s certainly made some artists more widely known and appreciated by all. Novelty acts like Pocket Lips rear their heads in every countrie’s charts to the dismay of some but this act was not an indication of apartheid and the tastes of music in South Africa at the time.

  3. Nigel

    To answer a few of your questions in this article – yes, pop music (not just radio) in South Africa was a “whites only” thing in the 80’s – early 90’s prior to 1994 saw some integration of music styles though there were some amazing bands who drew on their African roots in the 80’s such as Juluka/Savuka, Evoid and Mango Groove. 90’s saw the white pop fans embracing Kwaito artists like Mandoza. It was an interesting time to grow up in South Africa… my music tastes are really diverse…

    Secondly, to answer the question as to how these talented musicians could produce this song….. This is why our parents warned us about drug abuse…. lol… but it brought back a lot of memories and I played it for my teenagers, who had a good laugh. Thanks for that

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