Christopher Walken dances to “Come and Get Your Love”

UPDATE: The original song that Walken was dancing to wasn’t “Come and Get your Love,” but “Weapon of Choice” by Fatboy Slim. The original video is here, and I’ve also embedded it below. Walken’s dancing is even more on the mark with the original song.

Still, I love the Redbone song, and have left it in.  I wonder how they got Walken to do the dancing.

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This video absolutely freaks me out, but what do you expect with Christopher Walken? I didn’t know the man even danced, but I recall that when a reader posted the video in the comments not long ago, they added that Walken was once a dancer. Indeed, Wikipedia notes that  “Walken initially trained as a dancer at the Washington Dance Studio before moving on to dramatic stage roles and then film.”

And what a song to make the man move his bones! Yes, there are stunt doubles in there, but most of the hoofing is done by Walken himself.

I had forgotten who did that song, which really is a toe-tapper, so I looked it up, finding that it was done in 1974 by Redbone, the first Native American band to have a big hit (this song went to the top 4 on Billboard). Here’s a live performance of “Come and Get Your Love“, written by two of the band members, Pat and Lolly Vegas (Lolly is the lead singer, Pat on bass). Oddly, it starts with 45 seconds of an Indian dance.  The lyrics are strange and enigmatic, but the tune and performance are great, which of course is why Walken danced to it.

24 Comments

  1. Diana MacPherson
    Posted September 8, 2020 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

    Yep, Walken is a very accomplished dancer.

  2. Dale
    Posted September 8, 2020 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

    The Walken video is actually for a different song. Fatboy Slim’s “Weapon of Choice”. It won the 2002 Grammy for best video.

    Here they have just overdubbed the original.

    • Posted September 8, 2020 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

      Yes, I stand corrected and have changed the post as well as posted the original below.

      Thanks to all who set me straight.

  3. Barry Lyons
    Posted September 8, 2020 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

    Christopher Walken dancing? Here are snippets from all his dance scenes (wait for that last strange bit of dialogue at the very end): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERvKa51J8iw

  4. Two-Tone Army 1972
    Posted September 8, 2020 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

    The actual song Christopher Walken is dancing to is called “Weapon Of Choice” by Fatboy Slim, which was released in 2000. I highly recommend that video, over the one you posted, since it makes his dancing/timing even more impressive.

  5. David
    Posted September 8, 2020 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

    C’mon, Jerry, the original video is from Fatboy Slim. This is just someone who slapped on Come and Get Your Love (great song by the way) into the video. So fake news!

    • Posted September 8, 2020 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

      Okay, I didn’t know that. It’s not fake news (which is deliberate), it’s a MISTAKE.
      Here’s the original video.

      • denise
        Posted September 8, 2020 at 5:40 pm | Permalink

        46M YouTube views.

      • ThyroidPlanet
        Posted September 8, 2020 at 7:12 pm | Permalink

        Oh wow – it makes a clear difference- the head bobs in the beginning, the POW stance – awesome! I didn’t know it was Redbone…

  6. Ken Kukec
    Posted September 8, 2020 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

    Walken spent most most of the 1981 flick Pennies From Heaven hoofing it. Here’s a clip:

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted September 8, 2020 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

      I always loved Bernadette Peters. As a kid, I liked that she wasn’t like all the other pretty women of Hollywood and she had that great curly hairdo!

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted September 8, 2020 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

        Great pipes, too.

        She has a look that often typecast her in early-20th-century period pieces, both in films and on Broadway.

  7. Diana MacPherson
    Posted September 8, 2020 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

    One thing I noticed on the Wikipedia page is that both is parents lived a long time – his mom over 100 & his dad in his late nineties so perhaps we’ll get to enjoy CW for a long time into the future.

  8. Posted September 8, 2020 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

    I once read or heard an interview in which Christopher Walken said that one of the highlights of his young career was when, after a stage show he (Walken) had done, FRED ASTAIRE came up to him and told him his dancing had been great. That’s pretty huge.

  9. uommibatto
    Posted September 8, 2020 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

    Walken also danced at least once on SNL. I remember him dancing to “Winter Wonderland” on that show. IIRC correctly, at the big finish at the end he sang (while dancing) “I’m walkin’… I’m Christopher Walken through a winter wonderland!”

  10. Posted September 8, 2020 at 7:04 pm | Permalink

    The tune’s ok, but it needs more cowbell.

  11. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted September 8, 2020 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

    Someone should “deep-fake” Jack Nicholson’s 1975 face onto Walken in this – it’d be like another level of bizarre in The Shining… the idea alone is bizarre enough….

    … and I see readers confirming my thought that there was an even older video with a more 90’s-ey sounding tune…

    It astonished me that this video materialized, for its own sake or not for any movie. For kicks I guess…

  12. Max Blancke
    Posted September 8, 2020 at 7:41 pm | Permalink

    Being familiar with “Weapon of Choice”, watching it with other music is sort of off-putting.

    This is one of many Spike Jonze music videos that feature unexpected sorts of dancing.
    I also recommend “Praise You”.

    He also directed “Being John Malkovich” and “Adaptation”.

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted September 8, 2020 at 9:05 pm | Permalink

      Both those latter films written by Charlie Kaufman, the most distinct and unique screenwriter working in American movies over the past two decades. Among other films he’s written are Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Synecdoche, New York, which he also directed (and which Spike Jonze produced).

      • Max Blancke
        Posted September 9, 2020 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

        We saw the new Kaufman film, “I’m Thinking of Ending Things” last week.
        It was baffling.

  13. Jeff Chamberlain
    Posted September 8, 2020 at 10:23 pm | Permalink

    I heard Walken once say that even if he didn’t dance in a production he always tried to find something to do that would be an “homage to Broadway.” I’ve not seen all his films, but I always look for this when I do watch him in a movie (and often see something that looks right).

    Also, you can’t see the Pennies from Heaven clip too often.

  14. Keith
    Posted September 8, 2020 at 11:01 pm | Permalink

    Maybe an odd bit of trivia, but Walken was on the boat with Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood when Wood drowned under what some say were questionable circumstances.

  15. Posted September 9, 2020 at 2:35 am | Permalink

    Whenever I hear that song, I get a sudden urge to watch Guardians of the Galaxy.

  16. Carly
    Posted September 9, 2020 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    Oh yeah. I love that video. I loved it when it came out in 2001.


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