Flipping out

By LISA SPINELLI  |  January 29, 2009

Phillips is just old enough to remember the '80s obsession with hip-hop-dance culture before the fad wore thin and the breakers, poppers, and lockers were stuffed back into the dark throb of the underground. Today, popular shows like ABDC (season three just started) and Fox's So You Think You Can Dance (season five is underway) have sparked a resurgence of interest in the hip-hop-dance styles. But this is not the same hip-hop dance from the high-top-hair days. Today's youth have been shocked numb. They are action-addicts with extreme forms of ADD and are not easily impressed. A skillful windmill or an impossible freeze isn't going to satiate their unwavering appetite for thrills. They want theatrical, acrobatic, death-defying performances — and Status Quo delivers.

"People feel threatened by us — that shows us we're doing something right," says Perez. "We're reaching the levels where we're a problem."

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