A classic of an Irish wedding back in the day was the 'Rock the Boat' song by Hues Corporation. As soon as those beats kicked in, everyone was on the floor waving their hands like a mad thing. 'Derry Girls' replicated this wedding gold in its episode last night and while Irish viewers were loving it, turns out it's not much of a tradition outside of this island of ours.
In the UK, in fact, it's a different song altogether that gets everyone sitting on the floor, something called 'Oops Upside Your Head'.
Why are you doing the Oops Upside Your Head dance to Rock The Boat??#DerryGirls
— Paul 'Wooly' Woolnough (@PaulCWoolnough) March 26, 2019
It’s blown my mind that they are doing the Oops Upside Your Head dance to Don’t Rock the Boat in #DerryGirls
— Yvonne Kay (@Yvonne_Lavinia) March 26, 2019
My British husband is looking at me with absolute horror in his eyes, because apparently, "Rock the Boat" is not a staple of an English wedding...
Lucky for him, when got married in Ireland, we did a double RTB, just to be safe. #DerryGirls @nicolacoughlan pic.twitter.com/0GckjKM8MJ
— Jennifer Edwards 💚🇮🇪💚 (@Jenniesapetal) March 26, 2019
Nooo! Everyone knows that you do the boat dance to ‘Oops Upside Your Head’ by the Gap Band, NOT to Rock the Boat by the Hues Corporation 😌#DerryGirls
— Carol Baxendale (@carol_baxendale) March 26, 2019
Rock The Boat vs Oops Upside Your Head is this week's toasters in drawers moment. #DerryGirls
— Bronagh (@BeebsyMcA) March 26, 2019
New fact for the Catholic v Protestant blackboard - Irish Catholic weddings do Rock The Boat without exception; other weddings (English and/or Protestant) do the SAME moves to Oops Upside Your Head. How did this happen?! Maybe Fr Peter can use this to forge peace ✌️🙏#DerryGirls
— Lauren O'Sullivan (@Sullubrious) March 26, 2019
— Amanda Fennelly (@amandafennelly) March 26, 2019
I genuinely thought Rock The Boat wasn’t just an Irish thing, but I’m glad we own a dance we do on our arses at occasions #DerryGirls
— Emma Kelly (@TooManyEmmas) March 26, 2019
For those who are confused, Rock The Boat is basically a rite of passage at Irish weddings. Our weddings have late bars that can run until 2am. We love a dance. And sure a dance we can do on our arses is even better. #DerryGirls pic.twitter.com/EEAjTaRj7n
— Sarah Doran (@sarahisnothere) March 26, 2019
Those viewers that did know it well were loving it.
Howling at #DerryGirls doing rock the boat! 😂 The highlight of any 90s wedding!
— Fiona Roulston (@FionaRoulston) March 26, 2019
Rock the Boat. The most Irish wedding thing ever! 🤣🤣😆#DerryGirls
— rorymcevoy (@rorymcevoy) March 26, 2019
Oh my god #DerryGirls & the “Rock the Boat” craic. Every bloody wedding I went to as a teenager ever!
— Louise (@quinnlou) March 26, 2019
— Eilidh Roe ✌ (@eilidhroe88) March 26, 2019
— Clare McCleave (@McCleaveageC) March 26, 2019
Honestly don't think I've laughed as much as I did when Rock the Boat came on in #DerryGirls that was 100% me and my pals with whatever the popular song was at the time, I've replayed it sooooo many times😂😂😂
— E R I N C O L L I N S ♒ (@ErinCol33602351) March 26, 2019
Rock the boat at a wedding and a marathon sandwich making session at a wake- the fulcrum of Irish life and death in one episode #DerryGirls
— Lucy Murray (@LucyLuMurray) March 27, 2019