Thursday, March 7, 2013
Whatever Happened to The Girl in the Stop Sign Shorts?
On Wednesday night I posted a comment to facebook about how we don't spend enough time celebrating the dancer in the trademark "Stop Sign" shorts from the Young MC video for "Bust a Move". I was about 14 when this song was big, and I knew enough then to know that the bassist in the video was Flea from the California-based Red Hot Chili Peppers (who might be a thing one day).
The video is below. You can find the dancer in question around the 1:05 mark.
Well, in 1989-ish, you couldn't not hear this song, and from 1989 until the end of time, you couldn't not like the song. It's a staple of Gen X music consumption that was sort of universally beloved, kind of like the work of Tone Loc (also written by Young MC) and "The Humpty Dance" by Digital Underground.
It was a different time.
Lets just say that the performer left an impression, enough so that in 2013, if you say "Stop Sign Shorts", I know exactly what you're talking about.
But who was the woman behind the shorts? (so to speak)
Turns out her name is Cindyana Santangelo. This is some minor league Google search wizardry, and you can thank me later.
What I didn't know is that she's also the voice from the beginning of the 1990 Jane's Addiction album, Ritual de lo Habitual. And if you were a sulky kid in 1990, chances are, you know exactly what I'm talking about.
Just watch the first part of the video and it'll come back to you here 23 years on.
Well, I assure you that video seemed relevant at the time.
LA must have been a bit smaller of a town than I realized back then, what with all the Jane's Addiction/ Chili Peppers/ Young MC cross-pollination going on. Oddly, I feel less awkward watching a Young MC video today than I do remembering being really, really into Jane's Addiction from about 1989-1993.
I'm shocked to learn that the two were so close together as, in my mind, they seem incredibly separated, but I'd moved and made the passage to being a bit older and more sullen by the time I was anticipating new Jane's Addiction albums, I guess. But, dang, we all still loved Young MC! Everyone find a way to send Young MC a dollar on paypal.
Anyway, point is: After imprinting herself heavily upon my malleable 14 year old psyche, I now know who this person is (Cindyana Santangelo!) and a wee bit about her. Because she's got a website. She's an actress!
She's apparently been on CSI and appeared on a reality show as a client on Million Dollar Listing and was on a show that didn't get picked up about Housewives of Malibu.
She also appears to run something called "Mermaid Cove Sober Living" in Malibu.
So, wherever you are Cindyana, we salute you.