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Montreal Man Receives Ticket for Singing Along to ’90s Dance Number “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)”

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I’ll have to keep this in mind the next time I want to sing along to the entire Space Jam soundtrack
Photo: C+C Music Factory Vevo

In the 1990 smash hit “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” by C+C Music Factory, vocalist Martha Wash famously commands everybody to dance, now. Evidently, even though fans of ’90s dance numbers can let the rhythm move them, they can’t burst out into song if they live in Montreal.

That’s precisely what Taoufik Moalla did, which resulted in a $149 ticket for him.


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On a late September day, Moalla, a true ’90s kid at heart, was driving down the road, belting out the lyrics to his favorite song, which just so happened to be “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now).” The Montreal resident was obviously too good at mimicking Martha Wash’s high-note lyrics, as his singing caught the attention of some nearby officers.

The police pulled Moalla over, and asked him if he had screamed loudly moments before, a troublesome sound to be hearing out of a vehicle. Moalla explained that he was merely overtaken by the desire to sing along with his favorite dance ballad.

If you need a nostalgic refresher of the 1990 hit, you can view the music video down below:

However, the four Montreal officers did not share his passion for C+C Music Factory. Instead, they handed him a $149 ticket, issued for “screaming in public.”

Moalla was understandably upset with the charge. In fact, he has taken to contesting the ticket, currently waiting to hear back about the status of the case.


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“I was singing loudly in my car,” Moalla declares. “Is there something that forbids that, or did I really bother anyone?”

A $149 ticket does seem more than a little extreme for singing along to “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now).” Instead, such punishments are better reserved for those who sing along to Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch’s “Good Vibrations.”

News Source: CBC

  • Zachary Berry

    Zachary Berry currently resides in the Dayton, Ohio area. However, he enjoys traveling from place to place, as he was born in Oklahoma City and has also lived in Albuquerque and Orlando (such is the life of a military brat). Zachary graduated from Ohio University with a major in Strategic Communication, which is fancy talk for advertising and public relations. Beginning his career at The News Wheel as a lowly intern, he was able to climb his way to the top, eventually claiming his place within the last cubicle on the left. Other jobs that Zachary has held include driving around a safari truck at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. When he’s not putting his nose to the grindstone, Zachary enjoys watching and critiquing movies and television. See more articles by Zachary.