Jean-Claude Van Damme's Finest Musical Moments
If the world seems like an all around better place of late, it's because last week a new Jean-Claude Van Damme film, Welcome to the Jungle, was released on DVD. Yes, the sultan of splits is crescent-kicking back into our hearts with a new cinematic treasure, this time a comedy. (We hope that the inevitable Van Damme musical isn't that far behind.) In celebration of this release, those of us in the Van Damme Nation proudly bring you Jean-Claude Van Damme's finest musical moments.
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Breakin' , 1984
Martial-artist. Actor. Hero. These are words we're used to seeing describe Jean-Claude Van Damme, but did you know he was an early proponent of the hip-hop culture as well? As seen in one of his earliest roles, 1984's classic Breakin', Van Damme plays a gentleman so enthused by breakdancing that his energetic glee almost steals the scene. One look at that clapping and you can tell he was a future icon of the action genre.
It would take another five years before we would see Van Damme's dancing in full effect, but did the bar scene in Kickboxer ever deliver! After his trainer gets him fully intoxicated, he's then placed into the ultimate test of one's fighting ability: a Tai Pei barfight. Things begin innocently enough with Van Damme working the Van Charm on the ladies when SPOILER ALERT a fight breaks out that he has to kickbox his way out of. This scene is notable for one of the two moments in Van Damme's entire filmography where his doing the splits seems both logical and practical. The other being, of course, in Timecop.
Double Impact, 1991
Jean-Claude Van Damme has starred in no less than five movies where he's played more than one role. He's starred in even more movies with an incredible synth-based score. The Van Damme Venn Diagram collides here to give us the finest theme, Double Impact's "Feel the Impact." The idea of identical twins being separated as infants and maturing into very different adults half a world away after their parents are murdered seems like the type of tale outlaw country was made for, but lucky for us with get a synth-based early 90s rap masterpiece!