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Let’s twist again like we did in 2006 with the Pontani Sisters–Angie, Helen and Tara! This fun video with music by Los Straitjackets publicized their Twist Party CD/DVD featuring tunes like “The Mad Scientwist” and “Peppermint Twist” and dance instructions by the go-go-booted Pontanis. The vid was shot on Coney Island Beach and in Astroland, where the sisters and the “Twistin Gorilla” go for a spin on Dante’s Inferno, the Bumper Cars and the Astrotower. Sideshow luminaries Todd Robbins and Dick Zigun play cameo roles.

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September 13, 2012: Video: Coney Island Dancing 2012 by Jim McDonnell

January 30, 2011: Music Video: The Clash Overpowered by Funk in Coney Island

December 16, 2010: Blast from the Past: LFO’s Summer Girls Music Video

November 30, 2010: Video: The Wanted’s Lose My Mind at Coney Island’s Wonder Wheel Park

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The music video for this exquisitely elegiac song by Josh Joplin was filmed in 2002, but we just now discovered it on the singer-songwriter’s YouTube channel. In addition to the landmark “Wonder Wheel” that is the song’s namesake and anchor, you’ll catch glimpses of the long vanished Zipper and Astroland and the recently demolished Playland Arcade and Astrotower. The poetic lyrics perfectly capture the mood of something irrecoverably gone. “I’m not sure exactly how I feel,” muses Joplin in this single from the album The Future That Was.

“My friends Ben Niles and Geoffrey O’Brien made this beautiful video for my song Wonder Wheel,” Joplin wrote in 2010. “Coney Island is going to change very soon as developers have bought it up and plan on demolishing much of what gives this magical place its soul. I’m so happy to have footage of it as it was when I first came there as a 13 year old kid.”

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June 10, 2012: Music Video: Sixteen by The Heavy

January 30, 2011: Music Video: The Clash Overpowered by Funk in Coney Island

January 8, 2011: Music Video: Strange Powers by the Magnetic Fields

April 17, 2010: Our Fave Coney Island Song: Joe McGinty’s Million Dollar Mermaid

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This video of singer-songwriter Antje Duvekot’s “Coney Island” wasn’t shot on Coney’s beach but the dark beauty of the lyrics and the old footage pulled us in:

well the Empire State is gleaming
and it’s a perfect Friday night
hold me down
’cause I am feeling high as a kite
’cause I’m not living for the landing
tonight I’m living for the flight
don’t wanna capture the moment
i just wanna let it go by

’cause in a world so full of troubles
i think we’ve seen enough
and they’ll still be here tomorrow
when the sun comes up

The song is from “The Near Demise of the High Wire Dancer,” voted top album of 2009 by Boston folk station WUMB. Duvekot, a native of Germany, lived in Delaware, New York City and Vermont before becoming popular on Boston’s folk scene. “Her rise to prominence can be attributed to a paper plane voice fluttering through breezes with a reedy Irish lilt and keen lyrical sense of dignity and destruction,” says the Boston Globe in a review of her new album “New Siberia.”

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December 26, 2012: Music Video: Jamaica and the Wishing Shrine by Agent Ribbons

October 9, 2011: Coney Island Winter: Garland Jeffreys Live on Letterman

December 7, 2010: New Music Video: Little Silver’s Where We Met

April 17, 2010: Our Fave Coney Island Song: Joe McGinty’s Million Dollar Mermaid

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