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Gettin’ dirty with MC Spandex

Posted by on July 17th, 2010 at 8:54 am

Still from ‘Get Dirty’ by
Robin Moore Productions.

Portland-based filmmaker Robin Moore has done it again. The man behind the phenomenal web video sensation, “Performance,” which parodied fixed gear and roadie culture, has released “Get Dirty,” which does the same to mountain bikers.

Moore’s latest is equally entertaining. Listen to the lyrics…they’re hilarious! Check it out below…

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  • Richard Masoner July 17, 2010 at 10:36 am

    “That’s not a sun tan, it’s a dirt tan.” – ha ha ha!

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  • naomi July 17, 2010 at 11:15 am

    I love it! Musically this one is much catchier, I actually really like that beat, sounds great played through headphones with strong bass response.

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  • Jerry_W July 17, 2010 at 11:23 am

    It’s just a cynical way to sell Subaru Outbacks, same on you MC πŸ˜‰

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  • bikingpotato July 17, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    Perfect timing for the last bit of the short track season, a precursor for ‘cross – ‘catchy’ for sure.

    But – an observation: ladies show up in hot tubs and in bars, in a cleavage/”rack” shot, and with a booty-shot reference to hard-tail.

    Here’s hoping the next MC production has women sharing the stage a bit, in some sort of a non-objectified-eye-candy role. Since, you know – we get dirt all up in our grills right with all y’all boys.

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  • naomi July 17, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    I’m a female and I didn’t find it demeaning at all – it’s all in good fun and humor, at least to me.

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  • Duncan July 17, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    biking potato-
    Its humor.

    I liked it- sent it to all my cycle dross friends.

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  • Peter Smith July 17, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    that was hilarious. can’t wait for the ‘hard core commuters’ song, and then my own profile — the ‘way too cool for school lifestyle rider’. πŸ˜€

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  • Hack July 17, 2010 at 7:21 pm


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  • SkidMark July 17, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    Half of Portland already owns a Subaru Outback.

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  • Red Five July 17, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    it’s embarassing to be a cyclist with this stupid sh*t.

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  • a. brown July 18, 2010 at 8:30 am

    Sure, it is funny. But denying that women aren’t being objectified (and totally voiceless and unable to be “funny”) is BS. The guys get to act and rap and be people. The women are stage dressing and the focus is on their bodies. Somebody tell me that’s the most you want for you female friends, sisters and girlfriends.

    You say it’s ok because it’s parody, but what is the parody in completely copying the booty-girl stereotypes from rap into this? That’s not humor, it’s just copying the same old sh*t.

    @Naomi– I’m glad you’re not offended. But you aren’t the spokesperson for ladies everywhere. I’m looking forward to seeing you in short-shorts when you gladly volunteer to be in the next video.

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  • The Translator July 18, 2010 at 9:06 am

    Then make your own, bikingpotato. Ever seen a real hip-hop video? MC Spandex skewers cycling culture and hip-hop in one fell swoop!

    I’d love to see a CX themed video but it might not work as CX devotees already have a self deprecating sense of humor to begin with. Bike advocates? That might be ripe for parody. A bunch of angry nerds both puffy and pasty from their lack of time spent on a bike dressed in day glow yellow jackets cruising City Hall…

    Gettin’ big planning contracts
    Then payin’ off my friends
    Fight The Man and his bridge
    Yo, this struggle never ends
    Goin’ down to Salem, comin’ out a loser
    But I got mad cred for my heavy Dutch cruiser

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  • Seager July 18, 2010 at 10:07 am

    I’m looking forward to the cargo bike parody.

    Also, people being easily offended suck the fun out of everything.

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  • Marid July 18, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    Compared to his previous video, this is pretty lame, IMHO. He hit it out of the park with “Performance.” One for two ain’t bad I suppose.

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  • erin g. July 18, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    Just watched both videos and think this one is even funnier/better done than the previous.

    I consider myself a proud feminist and love this parody! Poking fun at stereotypes is *the whole point*. I understand that folks have the right to their own reactions and of course respect that.

    By the way, there’s nothing wrong with some “short shorts” in our bike culture. Team Beer is a huge fan. In fact, our men wear them with pride, and I’m pretty sure that they don’t feel too demeaned.

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  • J.Chong July 18, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    Enjoyed the latest video. However I think the lyrics in his lst video, Performance were more clever and varied in self-expression.

    As for objectification of women’s bodies or should we say women cyclist’s bodies:

    to counteract, I do believe this is a PERFECT opportunity for the all women cycling dance troupes to create their parody/satirical number …on guys just interested in women’s booty instead of her cycling strength/endurance/excellent health.

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  • Big Kahuna July 18, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    For those who are offended by the “objectification” of women in this video, please consider:

    0:29 male hair stylist in half shirt

    0:32 close-up shot of the male hipster’s package

    0:46 I count 6 males and 5 females all dancing in the same style

    1:20 one of the men in the background is topless

    1:23 male in short shorts

    2:12 male shaking his booty

    2:13 man lifts shirt to display “dirt money” tattoo

    The male has the voice in this video because it is his video.

    True there are sexy shots of women as well, but on balance this video is… well, pretty well balanced. In other words, this is a parody, everyone is acting silly, lighten up.

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  • Duncan July 18, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    See I thought it was a humorous jab at the uber-macho roadie and mtn bike male communities, not an objectification of women.

    Although I have to say that I occasionally watch “performance” just for the chorus.

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  • trail user July 18, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    If it’s not funny to a feminist, it should be abolished.

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  • Duncan July 18, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    how many radicals does it take to change a lightbulb?


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  • girl July 18, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    Speaking of gettn’ dirty… I was hoping that rack would have filled out the Yakima jersey a bit more.

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  • Crash N. Burns July 18, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    “that sh*t cost me six G’s, I crash it into trees.” So funny.

    and anyone who’s offended obviously didn’t listen.
    “…so don’t gimme that dirty look, I wrote the dirty book.”

    Excellent production.

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  • matt picio July 19, 2010 at 8:07 am

    Wow, did you all even *read* bikingpotato’s post? There was a hope that the next video had a more prominent role for the women in it, rather than just as eye candy. The post is prefaced by “just an observation” – some people here are reading a lot more into it than the original poster seems to be saying.

    Sure, this video pokes fun at stereotypes, and kudos to Big Kahuna (#17) for pointing out the objectification shots of men, but it’s also possible to poke fun at the same stereotypes by reversing them.

    I think MC Spandex is doing some great videos, but I agree with bikingpotato – it’d be great to see a woman up there in a future video as the main player.

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  • Velophile in Exile July 19, 2010 at 8:39 am

    How come people are so focused on the bikingpotato post and no one mentions use of the word “gay” as an insult at #8? That’s way more offensive to me than any personal insult.

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  • Pscyclepath July 19, 2010 at 8:46 am

    Pretty much the whole hip-hop/rap video business is about using enticingly-clad females as stage dressing, eye-candy, and general sexual objectification… Mr. Spendes’s two parodies address and lampoon this characteristic about as well as they do the various cycling quirks.

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  • Laugh a little July 19, 2010 at 9:06 am

    “It is very, very easy not to be offended by a book. You just have to shut it.”

    Salman Rushdie

    The same goes for a parody video.

    Or perhaps a woman should make the next video her way.

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  • Pete July 19, 2010 at 9:57 am

    Red Five (#10): I’m more embarrassed by other riders’ road behavior than by someone’s creativity. I almost hit a helmet-less girl who blasted a red light at a highway intersection Saturday. She couldn’t stop her fixed-gear bike going down a slight hill. Would have been very sad irony as she would have dented my “Share the Road” license plate. I also suspect a non-cyclist driver wouldn’t have foreseen the situation.

    Anyway, I think the video is cool. It’s the WNBR that embarrasses me to be a cyclist… πŸ˜‰

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  • f5 July 19, 2010 at 10:25 am


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  • Joe July 19, 2010 at 10:48 am

    Get Dirty! rollin.. πŸ™‚

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  • Duncan July 19, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    24- velophile.

    probably because i dont read one word posts.

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  • Mike July 19, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    I also find post #8 extremely offensive and think it should be removed.

    I don’t think they lyrics were as good as his last one, but it was still really really funny.

    I don’t think he has any obligation to feature a woman because he makes them and he stars in them.

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  • matt picio July 19, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    Yo, MC – can we get one ripping on touring bikes next?


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  • slort July 19, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    You know that South Park episode, where all the self righteous folks stop everything they’re doing so they can bask in their own farts, inhaling deeply, proud of themselves?

    That’s what this comment thread seems like.

    It’s a funny little small time video, worth a laugh and a forward. Not a women’s rights discussion. Don’t like it? Don’t watch it or forward it.

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  • Anonymous July 20, 2010 at 6:59 am

    This is hilarious.
    Love to see this as the uber-fit crusty XC racer vs the FR shuttle bros.

    A send up of CX must be in the works!

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  • Kevin July 20, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    I was offended by the terrible fitting rack on the Subaru. Who do I complain to?

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  • muse1214 July 25, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    As one of the women in this music video, I would like to state that every single one of these women is a bad ass cyclist. We bare ourselves scantily not to demoralize women but to show that we are females who ride DIRTY!!! We support MC Spandex and this video.

    He is plainly making a statement at how not only Hip-hop but ALSO cycling is a male dominated, chauvinistic world. Speaking for all of us ladies, we want equality in cycling!! Rock on DJ Spandex!

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  • Duncan July 26, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    if you look at the comments, plenty of us got it. Both videos are awesome in my book- laugh until you cry funny, relevant and well done.

    Looking forward to another poke at biking culture.

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