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.

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Posted on July 1, 2014, in Weird of the Day and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. 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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