People forget that I have been around for a long time. It was a different incarnation of me 25 years ago, when Craig Allen Rothwell III aka Spazz Attack and I were friends, invading the Hollywood nightlife together.
He was one of the most amazing dancers I have ever known. He was also one of the nicest men I have ever known. It would have been great to see him Brian James and Sarah dance.
It will be a cold day in hell before I ever praise Toni Basil as a human being. In fact it will be so cold that Stan himself (who I do not believe) would have icicles hanging from his nether-reaches. Mean-spirited people make me crazy and she was one of the worst.
People know how kind I am, but in her case, she is one of those rare women that I apply the “c-word” to. She was always nasty to me.
Still, she was a brilliant choreographer in those days. As a dancer I greatly admired her talent, even though I could stand to be sharing oxygen or proximity with her.
Spazz had the same problem with women that I had with men in those days. We chose unwisely.
He made me the best set of bondage pants I have ever owned. They even stood out in the pit I used to Slam Dance in.
Why do kind people end up with unkind people?
Yust The Faery King
Earned his nickname/stagename "Spazz Attack" after members of the rock group Devo saw him dancing in a night club, with motions that resembled an epileptic siezure, incorporating a violent forward flip (He appears in the groups video "[I Can't Get No] Satisfaction").
From The Glass Spider Tour
Basil is said to have helped bring street dance to prominence with her breakdancing group, The Lockers. She choreographed David Byrne's memorable, marionette-style dance from the music video for the song "Once in a Lifetime". She also choreographed David Bowie's Diamond Dogs Tour in 1974 and Glass Spider Tour in 1987, and has worked with Bette Midler for many years, most recently on her 2005
Australian Kiss My Brass tour. Dancers included: Melissa Hurley, Viktor Manoel, Constance Marie, Craig Allen Rothwell (aka Spazz Attack), and Stephen Nichols. She has also choreographed a series of commercials for The Gap (clothing retailer) set to the music from West Side Story.
The Glass Spider Tour
May 30 - November 28, 1987
David Bowie (vocals, guitar)
Peter Frampton (guitar)
Carlos Alomar (guitar)
Carmine Rojas (bass)
Alan Childs (drums)
Erdal Kizilcay (keyboards, trumpet, congas, violin)
Richard Cottle (keyboards, saxophone)
Melissa Hurley (dancer)
Constance Marie (dancer)
Viktor Manoei (dancer)
Stephen Nichols (dancer)
Craig Allen Rothwell aka "Spazz Attack" (dancer)
Tour Gallery Repertoire
Absolute Beginners / All The Madmen / All The Young Dudes / Bang Bang / Beat Of Your Drum / Big Brother / Blue Jean / China Girl / Dancing In The Street [Trumpet Intro] / Dancing With The Big Boys / Day-In Day-Out / Fame / Fashion / Glass Spider / "Heroes" / I Wanna Be Your Dog / Lavender's Blue / Let's Dance / London Bridge Is Falling Down / Loving The Alien / Modern Love / Never Let Me Down / New York's In Love / Rebel Rebel / Satisfaction / Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) / Sons Of The Silent Age / The Jean Genie / Time / Time Will Crawl / Up The Hill Backwards / Up The Hill Backwards [Reprise] / War / White Light/White Heat / Who Will Buy / Zeroes / '87 And Cry