Thursday, January 20, 2011

NAM: The Rockfathers of Melbourne Shuffle

To launch our new special events section MSO Arena is proud to present a special Global Shuffle preview, of NAM, the undisputed Rockfathers of Melbourne Shuffle

EVENT TIME: 22 January 2011. Midday Melbourne GMT+11

EVENT DURATION: 48 hours only

Youtube clip will appear >> here


NAM started around 1993 and performed live at the launch of TOE-Theory Of Everything, my underground TV show. It’s an honor to have them now launch MSO Arena.

Combining metal, shuffling and rap, NAM will change your idea of shuffling forever. NAM toured all over Australia to packed fully pumped venues for years.

NAM//BC started dance at age 9, won 2 Australian dance titles, trained in classical ballet for 7 years and will teach new shufflers what it means to 'Rock' in shuffle terms.

This clip shot live at the Espy Hotel in Melbourne which is a rock venue institution going back to the 1970's. This atmosphere was what 'pub rock' (as we call it in Melbourne) is all about. RAW ENERGY LIVE.

This was the environment that I learnt how to play live in 1970's touring around Australia. I spent much of my teens playing professionally in exactly this sort of environment, which is one of the reasons I shot it, because at the time the Espy was only one of a handful of pubs left playing real rock (not corporate rock) in Australia.

When you face 800 tanked up punters in a rock venue, you have to perform successfully immediately, or else you get well and truly booed off stage before your second number is finished... You learn quick.

Unfortunately the Espy got yuppyfied and they don't do this stuff anymore, and the famous band room walls have been painted over. But it's still a nice place

I hope you enjoy the clip. You have never seen any shuffling like this unless you were there at the time.

Perhaps it's time it came back



Sunday, January 9, 2011



MSO would like to introduce our newest forum moderator, mso//wonderwoman

We took up her offer...I'll be your wonderwoman, your superstar, anytime you want a hero, I won't be too far... to patrol the mso forum keeping out the nasties, and to balance out our moderator ranks a bit - mso//Judge Dredd,  mso//daleks,  mso//robocop1

So please enjoy the totally hot Dorit version of wonderwoman, who sings with seductive authority, plays the hottest guitar I've heard in years and can teach everyone on MSO something about fluidity in dance, in a great little NYC production by Liquid Metal Media.

Try shuffling to the track as well. If it feels like your body is moving like a fluid or is made of neoprene, then you've discovered what in rock and roots dance music circles we call a 'shuffle rhythm ' with a funk twist.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Shuffle Battle Rules

MSO is setting up a new Shuffle Battle (Competitive Shuffling)section on the MSO forum.

This Battle section of the forum is exclusively for those who like to Battle or are interested in Shuffle Battling.

It will have formal Battle competitions with prizes, and casual comps for fun. There will be lots of different levels for ability, styles, solo, crews, teams, music etc.

For general discussion about Shuffle Battling see:


If you are interested in battling and want to join in, please register yourself on the MSO BATTLE READY REGISTER

UPDATE: 5 January 2010

We have our very first registered battle online now. The battle and voting, will end February 04, 2011





If you like shuffle battles Please comment

Firstly, What rules or sorts of rules for battle tasks do you think we should include?

For instance lets set a basic shuffle routine involving say running man/stomp, shuffle and spin to qualify for a mid level comp. Beginners would be open to any moves they can do.

We can set up lots of different threads for different styles, music, tempo, costume, solo, teams crews etc

So tell us what you want...


WARNING If you do not approve of or like Battles (Competitive Shuffling) , then PLEASE DO NOT POST your complaints there, we will delete them immediately and you will be banned from MSO for 90 days for abuse. - Not Kidding

If you want to whinge about Battles please go somewhere people will listen to you, like

Tell Jack, Garry sent you, and bitch about battles, crews and teens to your hearts content and respect that shuffle culture promotes diversity. At MSO we’re battling and we’re gonna have fun doing it.

Melbshuffle members are welcome on the MSO forum, but you must remember that this is an advanced shuffle forum for pro shufflers, not a noob one like Jacks, and you are expected to do your oldskool homework before making any post.

Ignorance is no excuse

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