Another danger of decadent capitalism: The Twist
On this date in 1963, Russia’s official newspaper, Pravda, warns Soviet teens of the decadent dangers of the new “twist” dance craze. Chubby Checker’s biggest chart success was a worldwide sensation and was regularly heard behind the Iron Curtain on Radio Free Europe. Like most things your parents tell tell you not to do, the twist was most certainly practiced all across the Soviet bloc, further amplified by Checker’s follow up, “Let’s Twist Again, Like We Did Last Summer”. Dick Clark’s American Bandstand program, featured the former Ernest Evans performing his signature song. Here’s video of that special moment.