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Breakdance: Breakin' and Michael Chambers

Breakin' and Michael Chambers
Michael Chambers (b. 1967 in [[Long Beach) is an African-American and Creole dancer and actor best known for his role as "Turbo" in the 1984 cult classic film Breakin' and the 1984 hit sequel Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo. In both movies he is credited as Boogaloo Shrimp, a name that remains inextricably linked to the Hollywood phase of popping, boogaloo and robot dancing also the freestyle art of b-boying.

Chambers, nicknamed "shrimp" by his sister, got an early entrè into professional dancing via television commercials, followed by an appearance in the video for Lionel Richie's All Night Long.

In 1985, he co-starred in "Stop the Madness," an anti-drug music video sponsored by the Reagan administration, featuring several famous musicians, actors and athletes.

He also starred in such films as Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult, Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey as a dancing robot and in the 1999 film Dudley Do-Right.

Michael Chambers was the announcer on the kid's show Fun House from 1990-1991.

He appeared in the Sugar Ray's 1997 video of the song Fly and breakdanced in the video.

Breakin' is a 1984 movie directed by Joel Silberg.

The film was inspired by a German documentary entitled Breakin' and Enterin' set in the Los Angeles multi-racial hip-hop club Radiotron. Many of the artists and dancers including Ice-T (who makes his movie debut as a club MC) and Boogaloo Shrimp went straight from Breakin' and Enterin' to star in Breakin'.

The music score featured the hits, "Breakin'... There's No Stoppin Us," and "Freakshow on the Dance Floor." Breakin' was followed by a well-known sequel, Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo.

Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo is the sequel to the 1984 breakdancing film Breakin'. It was released the same year as its predecessor.

Breakin' 2 sees the return of Kelly (Lucinda Dickey), Ozone (Adolfo Quinones) and Turbo (Michael Chambers) as they try to stop a developer from bulldozing a community recreation centre. The film also features dancer Viktor Manoel, rapper Ice-T, who returns from the original, and an appearance by (future) pop star Martika.

Like its predecessor, much of the film's soundtrack was provided by Ollie & Jerry, comprised of the duo Ollie Brown and Jerry Knight. The title track, "Electric Boogaloo," did not hit the pop charts and climbed to only #45 on the R&B chart.

"Electric Boogaloo"

Since the release of the film, the unusual subtitle "Electric Boogaloo," a reference to a funk-oriented dance style from the 1970s, has become a running joke concerning movie sequels, with commentators often attaching it as a subtitle for any facetious follow up to a popular movie (e.g. Gladiator 2: Electric Boogaloo) or, in fact, to any sort of sequel.

It has also been used to lampoon the actual name of a sequel when it is found to be ridiculous or disappointing. For instance, upon the announcement that the second Star Wars prequel would be subtitled Attack of the Clones, it was observed by fans that such a title was so self-evident and disappointing that anything would have been an improvement, even Star Wars II: Electric Boogaloo.

Pop Culture

In the Family Guy episode "Running Mates," Peter remarks that he's, "always cared deeply about children. That's why as a privilaged youth I volunteered my time to help a bunch of urban youths save a community center." To which Lois replies, "Peter, that wasn't you. That was Adalfo 'Shaba-doo' in Breakin 2: Electric Boogaloo. You watched it last night."

On the short-lived show based on the film Clerks., Randal refers to the second part of Dante and Caitlyn's relationship as "Dante and Caitlyn 2: Electric Boogaloo."
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