Dirty Dancing

Dirty Dancing

 Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
BandAlternativeAvant-garde

The Dirty Dancing sound is at times all of the above: lo-fi, noisy, angular, anthemic, dark, silly, post-punk, and atmospheric with handclaps galore. You can hear influences as varied as The Kills, Joy Division, Velvet Underground, The Stooges, The Gun Club, Talking Heads, and even a little T. Rex.

Biography

A few years ago Eric Schoen had a bunch of songs and no band. His previous band had just broken up, and he was anxious to play shows again. He recorded most of those songs as he wrote them, so he figured if he already had all the parts of the songs recorded, why wait for a band to form? He didn't want to go through the tedious process of finding the right musicians and having to work around everyone else's schedules and egos. All that stuff can really get in the way anyhow. He just wanted to write, record, and perform music without waiting for anyone else to catch up. So he just started playing shows as Dirty Dancing, without a band. He played guitar and sang while the rest of the parts of the songs were played through the P.A. from his computer. The sound was an unexpected and diametrically opposed mix of early New Wave and garage punk. Everyone loved it, and not surprisingly no one seemed to mind that it was just one person up there with some prerecorded material. Eric does after all know how to put on a performance. The negative stigma attached to prerecorded music can be easily forgotten when you're actually being entertained. Of course it helps if the music itself is actually really good and played well.
It didn't take very long for other people to notice that there was something unique going on here. Within weeks after moving to Austin, TX Dirty Dancing had Lauren Mikus singing it's gospel and added her to the fold as another guitarist. The pair made a big, refreshing splash in the hot and hazy Austin music scene with some legendary shows and a debut full-length album, Mediocrity Is The Strongest Inevitability. Local and national press alike (CMJ, Covert Curiosity, Switchblade Comb, and Jungle Rot just to name a few) took notice calling the album "magical", "clever", "hypnotic", "impressive", and "inspired." Eventually Eric Schoen/Dirty Dancing relocated to Minneapolis. Since Lauren couldn't make the move Dirty Dancing is back where it began, with just Eric and his music on stage. The buzz on the blogosphere hasn't stopped nor has the airplay in the U.S. and overseas. And, of course, as Eric pushes onward and the music grows even bolder and more assured, the sweaty, passionate, and mystifying performances continue to be a mainstay of Dirty Dancing. With new material always in the oven there's sure to be some fresh and unique sonic landscapes to scale. And, of course, the live shows are still quite the spectacle and continue to cause people to move in ways they never thought possible. After all, this is Dirty Dancing, and it's called that for a reason.
Recently Eric, ever the rambling creative force, has returned to his roots in the Midwest and relocated Dirty Dancing to Minneapolis. The buzz on the blogosphere hasn't stopped nor has the airplay in the U.S. and overseas. And of course as Eric pushes onward and the music grows even bolder and more assured the sweaty, passionate, and mystifying performances continue to be a mainstay of Dirty Dancing. With new material always in the oven there's sure to be some fresh and unique sonic landscapes to scale.

This is Dirty Dancing, and it's called that for a reason.

Lyrics

The Carrot & The Stick (Demo)

Written By: Eric Schoen


Joey found a job while down on his luck

The biggest mistake he ever made

Was trading ambitions for a prison

With invisible walls and a steady wage

He told himself, "Just a little while longer"

Enough to save for the rainy days

But as the wilderness gathered security mattered

More as the fire licked it's lips inside

The punishment never fits the crime

Or so he'd tell you all of the time

He'd tell himself that he'd be just fine

But he knows he's lost

Control

Now Joey's new boss has a chip on his shoulder

Everything has to this way

And the next day it's a whole new story

Forget what I said before, just obey

When the boss was a boy all the kids would tease him

"Momma's boy, dork, dweeb, fatty-fat, nerd"

They pushed and kicked and tricked and beat him

He figured they were right so he just suffered

The punishment always fits the crime

Or so he tells me all of the time

Now he's the king of this reluctant tribe

And he knows he's got

Control

Black Blood

Written By: Eric Schoen / Dirty Dancing

Check out Nadine dressed in the latest craze
Wrapped in red and her open veins
It was too too much to to take
So she got herself a blade and made an earthquake
The angels sighed and her heart did dream
About the sound of a voice that she'd never need
And it said, "bleed, bleed, bleed ..."

Blood is the new black

Here comes Francis dressed to the nines
The king of romances, he bleeds so fine
He's got great hair, but he can't be saved
Lying in the puddle that his body made
He took a wrong turn at the last kiss
The girl wasn't his and her man got pissed
And the greener the heart the harder the pistol whip

Blood is the new black

Remember Billy? Dressed in his uniform
Camouflage like a sandstorm
For minimum wage he could be a slave
But for a tiny fortune he could be something like brave
So he signed his name on the dotted line
Boot camp then overseas, no time to whine
Car bombs and land mines
Never got to be a hero, but he met the divine

Blood is the new black.

Because Sometimes I Forget

Written By: Eric Schoen

"Come on, let's go," she said
And we kissed for a week instead
In a month we left the bed
This town could use a little red

Let's go save the world and then we'll go out to eat somewhere cheap
And at the end of the night when the credits roll you fall asleep breathing deep next to me

Oh, woman, oh how do you do this to me
I once was blind and now I can see through anything

Our masks laid on the floor
You thought there was nothing more
Soon you would be bored
And so began the great war

Now bridges burn and buildings fall every time you speak or touch my cheek
Sparks fly from your fingertips and sirens weep above the streets
No matter how hard or long we try nothing will ever be the same again
And just when we think the smoke has cleared the authorities deploy airmen

Oh, woman, oh how do you do this to me
I once was blind and now I can see through anything

Discography

One L.P. self released:
"Mediocrity Is The Strongest Inevitability"

Available for purchase and download on Google Music, iTunes, Amazon, Last Fm, Napster, Rhapsody, eMusic, imvu, and Limewire Store

Set List

Typical set list as of late:

1. The Merger
2. Black Blood
3. Atlantis
4. Right Place & Time
5. Noise Dance
6. Delicate Chains
7. Magnet Kisses
8. Here And There
9. All Smoke And No Fire
10. Robotic Luddite
11. She's Like Heroin To Me (Gun Club cover)

Usually just one set lasting from 45 min to an hour, but we're flexible.