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YMMV / Soul Train

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  • Broken Base: Regarding the eras:
    • The '70s are well liked while The '90s and The '80s are polarizing. Maybe or maybe not related to nostalgia, and the shift in musical trends and genres. Either way discuss at your own risk.
    • Also some hated the 90's, but not because they were the 90's, but because it never fully embraced the 90's. The 90's era never really fully embraced Hip-Hop (neither did the 80's for that matter). It did marginally better with other urban genres like New Jack Swing. But over all the 90's was not a huge pop culture reference pool like the eighties, and seventies eras were; younger audiences found MTV and especially Yo! MTV Raps (or, for some viewers, MuchMusic and RapCity) to be far more relevant to their interests, and the new viewers that the show needed simply didn't arrive.
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  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Cornelius' tendency to sway when MCing, lampshaded on MADtv once.
  • Never Live It Down: Although outlasting the genre by two decades, the show couldn't escape its connection to disco (particularly big bellbottoms and bigger Afros).
  • Older Than They Think: Cheryl Song had been a Soul Train Dancer since at least the late 1970s.
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  • Real Song Theme Tune: Many people think "TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)" was written specifically for Soul Train... and actually, it was. In an interview for a VH1 documentary about the show, Cornelius stated that he hired the Philadelphia-based songwriting team of Gamble and Huff to write a song for the show. He liked it, but he was adamant about not calling the song "Soul Train", so they called it "TSOP" and he approved. Cornelius went on to say that he regretted that move.
  • Replacement Scrappy: After Don Cornelius stepped away from hosting, every subsequent host was tolerated at best by the fandom.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Any white male dancer in the Soul Train Line. Bro, give it up — you can't dance.
    • White women tended to avoid this Trope, holding their own on the dance floor.
    • White singers were tolerated, but only a few of them (including Elton John, Michael McDonald, David Bowie note , Hall & Oates, Pet Shop Boys and Teena Marie) were deemed worthy.
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  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Some of the white rock acts that made it onto the show made sense because of their R&B, soul or funk influences, particularly with some of the British new wave bands that were able to get on... But then there was the inexplicable 1985 appearance of Don Henley, who performed the decidedly non-soulful "The Boys of Summer".


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