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Thanks To TikTok The World Has Discovered Australia’s Obsession With The Nutbush

CHURCH HOUSE, GIN HOUSE.

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There are very few songs that you can play that gets every Australian in a room hyped up.

In this prestigious category exists classics like ‘The Horses’ by Daryl Braithwaite, ‘Khe Sanh’ by Cold Chisel and, of course, ‘Nutbush City Limits’ by Ike and Tina Turner.

Despite the song being about a small American town, ‘Nutbush City Limits’ has become Australian by default. Since the creation of the Nutbush dance in the ’70s when the song came out, Australians have claimed the catchy tune as their own.

The Nutbush, which is learned at most schools, is performed whenever it is played — usually at weddings and other functions.

But what Australians are now discovering is that the Nutbush, as a dance, is actually only an Australian thing. Yep, apparently the Nutbush isn’t one of those dances known by everyone like the Macarena.

Can you imagine a world where the words “church house, gin house” don’t make you instantly run to the middle of the dance floor? Horrifying if you ask me.

But to be fair, we should’ve known that only Aussies had the dancing skills based of the abysmal attempt that was shown on Glee that one time.

It’s Called Australian Culture, Sweetie

As videos of the Nutbush made their way online, people began getting confused over just what the hell Australians were doing down under.

Adding to all the confusion, Australians on TikTok decided to start making videos about our fascination with the line dance.

Even though no one really remembers ever learning the dance, every Aussie somehow knows all the moves — and will do them wherever and whenever they hear the first beat of ‘Nutbush City Limits’.

But most people just used the opportunity to reminiscing on the good days. The days where our biggest problem was trying to remember all the steps to the Nutbush for the Year 6 school disco.

Long live the Nutbush.