Monday, 21 December 2009

Discofinger, circa 210 BC, China

One of the earliest examples of the discofinger has been spotted in Xi'an, Shaanxi province, China, at the home of the Terracotta Army. It is believed that the Terracotta Army, which contains more than 8,000 statues, was a form of funerary art, the purpose of which was to be able to rule another empire in the afterlife. The figures were buried with the First Emperor of Qin in 210-209 BC.

The significance of the discovery of a discofinger from this time cannot be understated. Its existence strongly suggests that the Qin Dynasty was no stranger to the discofinger, and indeed, it may have been a part of traditional Chinese dance of the time.

Monday, 19 October 2009

Japanese for discofinger

Proving yet again that discofinger is a universal display of good times, Kohei gets his finger in the air at Sound Bar + in Tokyo. What a legend.

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Block party discofinger

From Flickr: Disco finger, originally uploaded by Dag4.

Another random discofinger found on Flickr, location unknown.

Friday, 28 August 2009

A Mozambican discofinger

Finally, a discofinger is spotted in sub-Sahara Africa at a Mozambican wedding. You'll easily spot the perpetrator, Cameron Morris, quite easily due to his tailor-made Ugandan suit. Cameron has made it his lifelong mission to "keep it real" and has been documenting his adventures in Mozambique on his Kiva blog.

A Mozambican Wedding from Cameron T. Morris on Vimeo.

Thursday, 27 August 2009

You can't keep Kenny's discofinger down

Famous Dublin grump Kenny Hanlon does Monaghan proud at Bloc '09 with non-stop discofinger action for the entire weekend.

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Mr. Pauli, with his masculine take on The Hague discofinger

Mr. Pauli, the ledgebag from the Netherlands, spotlights his new EP "935 Lies" and gives the crowd at Magic Waves what they are begging for--a little vocoder and some hard and fast discofinger action.

Sunday, 23 August 2009

Oppenheimer Analysis atomic age discofinger

Oppenheimer Analysis gets out of the cold war, into the discofinger during "The Devil's Dancers." Some very impressive (and creative) discofinger moves in this one.

YTMND discofingers

We've recently been reminded about the amazing work the YTMND community did in regards to discofinger. You may be the cesspool of the Internet, but we at commend you.

  • This one is really unbelievable for the sheer cartoon discofingerness: Is it, uh, is it soup yet?
  • A Matrix discofinger
  • Saddam Hussein gets in on the action
  • Ultimate discofinger
  • Discofinger uses his powers for mellow
  • Death by discofinger
  • lol, discofinger
  • Sean Connery discofinger
  • More proof of the discofingeryness of Magic Waves

    The Magic Waves Festival in London was like a homecoming for discofinger aficionados worldwide.

    Sunday, 26 July 2009

    Night Flight discofinger

    During Dublin's Night Flight party featuring Vince Watson and Redshape, a discofinger rises from the ashes of a less-than-disco evening.

    Tuesday, 21 July 2009

    Bad haircut discofinger

    At the Magic Waves Festival in London this fashion victim was redeemed only (slightly) by his unadulterated love of the discofinger.

    Monday, 20 July 2009

    Recently discovered German discofinger

    Yet another example of the diversity of the discofinger, this video made an unannounced appearance on YouTube from somewhere in the depths of Deutschland. We assume that the bizarre technique being demonstrated is culturally significant in Germany, where the discofinger is quite popular.

    Saturday, 18 July 2009

    Friday, 17 July 2009

    De De Mo discofinger

    Picture this: March. Lunar Disko. Intergalactic Gary lashes on De De Mo "Cause I need you, cause I love you" and Aoife nearly loses her marbles.

    Thursday, 16 July 2009

    Casco discofingers to Alex Novaga

    Casco displays a controversial "thumbs up" discofinger move during Alex Novaga's set at the Magic Waves Festival in London.

    Wednesday, 15 July 2009

    Fred Ventura Magic Waves discofinger

    Fred Ventura and discofinger go together like me and Fred Ventura. ...I mean, like Fred Ventura and deadly Italo choons. That's why it was no surprise to see so many fingers in the air during the Magic Waves Festival in London last weekend. Alden Tyrell is there backing him up and you can tell he wants to discofinger too.

    Cocadisco discofinger as performed by Irish tourists

    At London's Cocadisco featuring I-f, a couple of Irish tourists do a dramatic discofinger to the song "Dirty Talk."

    Monday, 13 July 2009

    Another BLOC '09 discofinger

    I-f BLOC discofinger

    I-f busts out "Walk the Night" by the Skatt Bros and causes widespread discofingering.

    Wednesday, 8 July 2009

    Greased discofinger

    The other day the discofinger headquarters broke into rapturous applause when a re-run of Grease came on, due to Sonny LaTierri's spirited fingers.

    Tuesday, 30 June 2009

    Bambi raises a finger

    We at had nearly managed to write off BLOC weekend as a bad dream punctuated by permanent hearing loss and fake moutstaches, when we stumbled on a treasure trove of discofinger videos.

    We've long tailed after Irish celebrity DJ Barry "Bambi" Donovan in the hopes of catching him in one of his signature languid discofingers. Donovan spends most of his time with his finger firmly on the pulse of Dublin's "bird" population, but occasionally deigns to raise it skyward for a particularly deadly tune. This time it was "Soft Emotion" by Azoto during I-f's set.

    Monday, 29 June 2009

    Estonian discofinger

    We were very pleased to hear that our friends in Estonia are active afficiendos of the discofinger. Martin, our correspondent in Tallinn, Estonia, reports the following:
    "This move is quite popular, but a very frequent one over here is also the rockers' finger - a combination of regular discofinger and the small finger combined (typical Butthead rock move). A very common one - the moving fist in the air, instead of discofinger.

    Discofinger and the clap is often used during a beatless break in a song, as it is climbing back to full beat / climax."

    Much has we suspected, the discofinger is truly a global phenomenon. Pictures provided by Martin below.

    Sunday, 5 April 2009

    Discofinger media sightings

    Not surprisingly, the dance move commonly known as the discofinger has been receiving increased attention since the inception of

    Perhaps the ultimate validation we have received to date--la Repubblica, the largest newspaper in Italy has done a feature on the discofinger and

    La Repubblica writes (in Italian)"The new mania on YouTube, where there is a channel entirely dedicated to this way of dancing. No matter what music or latitude, in any nightclub or concert of the world there are always those who when excited start moving their finger. A bit like Tony Manero, although the similarities end there. And all videos end up on the web."

    And in what we at consider fighting words, the folks at have called the discofinger "the international symbol of terrible dancers" and say we've "inexplicably culled videos of international demonstrations of the discofinger." Inexplicably? Excuse us?

    Eliot Glazer, we at would like to respectfully challenge you to a dance-off.

    Monday, 23 March 2009

    YTMND features Discofinger

    Although we at tend to eschew corporate relationships in the blogosphere, we were nonetheless pleased to see that YTMND, that cesspool of the Internet, recently sponsored a discofinger-themed contest.

    With over 100 entries, the contest has given us ample material to keep you, the discofinger viewer, entertained. One of our favorites is below (click on the link to see it in action) and we will continue to post more over the coming days/weeks/months/eternity.

    Check out the contest winner: The Disco of Solitude

    Wednesday, 4 March 2009

    Mr. Pauli discofingers


    Mr. Pauli and David Vunk may be disco legends, but they aren't afraid to show where it all started. With the finger.

    Monday, 2 March 2009

    Intergalactic Gary causes massive discofinger...again

    This time, it's at Gold Rush in Berlin to one of our favorite songs. We at discofinger find that Intergalactic Gary makes easy work of it, because the crowd can't help but discofinger. That's why we go to so many of his gigs. Seriously.