Why Do People Call Sequels "Electric Boogaloo?"
Dance Style Started in 1977 Became Part of Film Title, Popular Lexicon
The phase "Electric Boogaloo" is most often related to the sequel to the popular movie Breakin' which (according to Wikipedia) also featured Ice-T and early background appearances by Jean Claude Van Damme, Marshall Mathers, and Chris Rock. The original film features popping, a style of dance that was unknown to larger audiences at the time. Electric Boogaloo, the sequel, is notable for coming out a short time after the original film, though the plot is fairly generic in that people have to come together to save a community center from greedy developers.The catchy, memorable nature of the title led people to consider any unnecessary sequel to be called "Electric Boogaloo" and then at some point the term got attached to just about any other pointless or absurd activity. Notably, the sequel was released in some countries as "Breakdance 2: Electric Boogaloo," and posters under that title are more collectible.In reality, the Electric Boogaloo dance style was started in 1977 by (who else?) The Electric Boogaloos. In style it was funky and related to popping. (There will be a brief pause while the unhip people in the reading audience go and look up "popping" and "funky.") Boogaloo Sam is credited with orienting many (or all) of the Electric Boogaloo moves based around the "locking" style of dance that was popular in the 1970s. If it weren't for the unfortunate sentiment surrounding the word "Boogaloo" in the popular lexicon, the origins of this dance style would make for a great motion picture, akin to the dance-centric movies of today which strangely still follow the same plotline of Breakin' 2 where dancers somehow thwart the plans of people who have already bought the city council and planning commission.
Notes and Special Information
Special note: Breakin' 2 Electric Boogaloo is perhaps the most famous sequel to get more word of mouth than the original film. It is also one of the few film titles to make a poem out of the fact that it is a sequel.