60 Songs

After a more than fifteen month hiatus, I made my triumphant comeback last night on the wheels of steel. Or, perhaps a bit more accurately, the platters of glass or aluminium substrate. In other words, a laptop with an external hard drive.

Admittedly I was a bit out of practice and struggled to get all the connections (laptop to sound card; sound card to mixer; mixer to amp; amp to speakers) set up properly the first time but in the end I managed to pull off a set that pleased everyone and helped make for an enjoyable evening.

The occasion was a surprise birthday party – for a friend of a friend.

The venue was Nostromo – a small underground restaurant on Leeson Street.

The tunes were –

01. Birthday – The Beatles
02. Hawaii Five-O – Morton Stevens
03. Surfin’ Safari – The Beach Boys
04. Surfin’ Bird – The Trashmen
05. Miserlou – Dick Dale & His Del-Tones
06. 54-46 (Was My Number) – Toots & The Maytals
07. Long Shot Kick The Bucket – Pioneers
08. I Shot The Sheriff – Bob Marley
09. Peckings – Ballistic Brothers
10. Spanish Grease – Willie Bobo
11. Teenage Kicks – Nouvelle Vague
12. Pass The Dutchie – Musical Youth
13. Let It All Hang Out – Los Hombres
14. Louie Louie – The Kingsmen
15. Summertime Blues – Eddie Cochran
16. Tequila – The Champs
17. Around And Around – Chuck Berry
18. Stuck On You – Elvis Presley
19. Smokey Joe’s La La – Googie Rene
20. Don’t Tell It – James Brown
21. Rappers Delight – Sugarhill Gang
22. American Boy – Estelle ft Kanye West
23. I Wish – Skee-Lo
24. We’re A Winner – The Impressions

At this point I was asked to stop the music in order for all the guests to sing ‘Happy Birthday’.

Although, I didn’t get the nod to start playing again I knew it was time to when I heard all the lads start saying things like: “fuck sake, where’s the music”, and “fucking DJ, playing some tunes” and what not…

25. Rapture’s Riders (Single Edit) – Blondie vs The Doors
26. Last Nite – Jumbonics
27. It’s Ecstasy… – Barry White
28. More More More – Andrea True Connection
29. Genius Of Love (Long Version) – Tom Tom Club
30. Beat Goes On – The All Seeing I
31. Juicy – Notorious BIG
32. Superstar – Lupe Fiasco
33. Flashing Lights – Kanye West ft Dwele
34. White Lines (Don’t Do It) – GMF & Melle Mel

Another break. Out of the blue the hostess came over and asked me to play some ‘limbo’ music. This despite the fact that all the lads were outside smoking cigarettes and some pillock had broken the limbo stick. I was so caught off guard that there was a brief silence while I scrambled to find something that could be considered good music to limbo to. The silence was only broken by the lads saying things like: “fuck sake, where’s the music”, and “fucking DJ, playing some tunes” and what not…

35. Calypso Rock – Original Tropicana
36. Groove Me – Leroy Sibbles
37. Shaft – Cedric Im Brooks
38. Lively Up Yourself – Bob Marley

And that was enough of that. Once again the hostess returned to say that everyone was getting a bit ‘chilled out’ and could I play something a bit more upbeat…

39. Dub Be Good To Me – Beats International
40. Unbelievable – EMF
41. Loaded – Primal Scream
42. Barely Legal – The Strokes
43. King Of The Rodeo – Kings Of Leon
44. Blister In The Sun – Violent Femmes
45. The Lovecats – The Cure
46. Love Will Tear Us Apart – Joy Division
47. Daft Punk Is Playing At My House – LCD Soundsystem
48. One More Time (Club Mix) – Daft Punk
49. Holiday – Madonna
50. Romeo – Basement Jaxx
51. Beat It – Michael Jackson
52. Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns ‘N’ Roses
53. Love Removal Machine – The Cult
54. You Shook Me All Night Long – AC DC
55. I Love Rock N’ Roll – Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
56. Teenage Kicks – The Undertones
57. Banquet – Bloc Party
58. This Charming Man – The Smiths
59. Jane Says – Jane’s Addiction
60. That’s Entertainment – The Jam 

High fives and Tiger beers all over the place. It was a fun night and it felt great to get out and play some tunes again. Watch this space…

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2 responses to “60 Songs

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  2. Hi, Dianna. Thank you! I wouldn’t have been anyhwere else yesterday! I have many more to show you from your son’s wedding. I’ll have the wedding gallery up soon! You raised a good one.

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