Freaky Friday Flashback

Happy Friday, y’all! Is it just me, or does it seem like a bad idea to buy fireworks with a Satanic-looking Freddy Krueger on them? Anyway, it’s time to take a fond look back at one of the best WTF? moments in pop culture. Today we look back 10 years ago to 1998. More specifically, the 1998 Grammys. Bob Dylan took the stage for a special performance, a performance that would turn out to be even more special than he ever dreamed:

Soy Bomb! Damn, those were some fresh moves!

So, here’s the backstory:

Soy Bomb was experimental actor/comedian Michael Portnoy. Portnoy was known in New York for his wild, on-stage antics but was still hired by the Grammys to stand in the background with other dancers and bob his head to the music. And well, the rest was history.

When questioned by reporters, Portnoy made statements about being “almost vegetarian,” and said that “Soy…represents dense nutritional life. Bomb is, obviously, an explosive destructive force. So, soy bomb is what I think art should be: dense, transformational, explosive life.” He also said “he meant Soy Bomb as a ‘spontaneous explosion of the self’ to re-invigorate the currently bland music scene that exists.”

O-kaaay.

So anyway, The Grammys decidecd not to press charges against Portnoy for the act, but did decline to pay Portnoy’s $200 fee for the dancing gig. He actually tried to charge them! Hilare!

Have a good weekend, y’all!

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One response to “Freaky Friday Flashback

  1. What were the Grammy’s thinking to let someone this unpredictable on the stage w/a musical legend?! Geez.

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