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May 18, 1986|PATRICK GOLDSTEIN

BIG NOISE FROM THE BRONX: The great thing about teen-agers is that they can create something hip out of practically anything--they see pop culture as a big supermarket full of new ideas. Which brings us to the latest New York dance craze, spurred by a new 12-inch rap record called "Pee-wee's Dance," a tribute to arrested-development comic Pee-wee Herman. Released by tiny independent label Vintertainment Records, the slap-happy novelty tune is probably the biggest record on the East Coast club circuit since Doug E. Fresh's "The Show." What's more, the rapper behind the hit is Joeski Love, 16, a senior at New York's Christopher Columbus High. With Elektra Records gearing up to distribute the record nationwide, expect to see the dance popping up on the local scene--just watch for kids hopping wildly or shimmying with their knees locked together, as if they're trying to get out of homeroom in a hurry.

The lyrics are deliriously nutty:

Some say its dumb/Some say its cute/Throw on a bow-tie and a tight plaid suit/Your high-water pants and your five-inch heels/Now you look like Pee-wee Herman/how do you feel?

Love hasn't let all the acclaim go to his head--yet. "I wrote the song in about 10 minutes," he said. "But my father still thinks I should be a cop."

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