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The xx conjures Bob Fosse: "Islands" video reinvents a classic style

April 27, 2010 |  2:00 pm

The new video for "Islands" by the xx, one of the best songs on its self-titled debut album, has one clear, loving inspiration: Bob Fosse. All those intertwined arm and hand moves, the jerky rhythmic body shifts, the spazz-out bursts. Directed by Saam Farahmand, it's a remarkable homage to Fosse, a musical spirit whose 1960s and '70s dance maneuvers -- and that's what they were, precise, rhythmic maneuvers -- are coming back in vogue. Beyonce has acknowledged that her "Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)" video was influenced by the famed choreographer, and this xx clip will hopefully nudge the late body-mover back into vogue (pun intended). Fosse, best known for his work as director/choreographer of "Cabaret" and "All That Jazz," and the wonderful "Liza with a Z" television special from 1972, died in 1987. Watch the clip below. It will make you happy.

And then, just for fun, is a reminder of this wonderful meme from a few years back: Bob Fosse mixed with Unk.

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