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Back On The Decks

Today was my triumpht return to the decks after a several month lay-off.  I was invited to play a set at Pundarika (The White Lotus) in Kaka’ako Park.  The sun was out (mostly), the vibe was good and the music was deadly.  Different styles, various genres and diverse techniques all converged for an afternoon of quality sounds.  A big shout-out to Monkey and Vudu Munki for asking me to join the party.  My setlist was:

01. But Officer – Sonny Knight
02. Fifth Circuit Rapture – Harvey Lindo
03. Perumantics #11 – Bob Ascroft
04. One To Grow On – UMCs
05. If You Really Love Me – Stevie Wonder
06. Nem Vem Que Nao Tem – Wilson Simonal
07. Spanish Grease – Willie Bobo
08. Beat Goes On – The All Seeing I
09. Vida De Otario – Antonio Pinto & Ed Cortes
10. Recipe For The Perfect Afro – Feature Cast
11. Respect – Otis Redding
12. Peckings – Ballistic Brothers
13. 54-46 (Was My Number) – Toots & The Maytals
14. Who’s Got The Bacon – Howie B

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660 Minutes Of Madness

I’ve been laying low this year on the music front.  No gigs.  No mixes.  No posts.

But I was asked to play at a friend’s surprise birthday party last night and I couldn’t refuse.

The night started out rather innocently at about 8:00.  Then the wine was poured.  Then the champagne was opened.  And then things finished up 11 hours later in the bright morning sun with only the last few peeps remaining.

There were several  highlights during the evening for me.  One was 20 minutes of Underworld when I dropped ‘Born Slippy’ followed by ‘Rez’.  It was magic.

Another was Lisa’s never-ending requests for ‘more Prodigy’ and ‘more Basement Jaxx’.  Eventually, at about 4:00, she asked me to just play ‘all Basement Jaxx for the rest of the night’.

A truly fantastic moment occurred at about 6:00 in the morning when I played ‘Keep On Loving You’ by REO Speedwagon, ‘True’ by Spandau Ballet and ‘Total Eclipse Of The Heart’ by Bonnie Tyler.  Despite the initial rumblings, the three songs proved to be guilty pleasures for everyone.  The music was nearly drowned out by Lisa, Zoe and Paulo singing along with each of the songs at the top of their lungs.  Brilliant.

I want to say a big thanks to Lisa and Sean for having me over and allowing me to play for the entire night / morning.  I also want to thank all the peeps who came.  A great gig is nothing without a great audience and everyone was totally up for it.  You are all legends and I look forward to doing it all again very soon.

The set list for the night was:

Sure Thing – St Germain
It’s Ecstasy – Barry White
The Force – Aim
Hot Pants Road – James Brown
Shining Star – Earth Wind & Fire
Let’s Get It On (Simpson & Dalto MPG Groove Mix) – Marvin Gaye
People Everyday (Metamorphosis Mix) – Arrested Development
Unfinished Sympathy (Perfecto Mix) – Massive Attack
Muhammad Ali – Faithless
Summertime (DJ Jazzy Jeff’s Mix) – Will Smith
Whatever, Whenever – Groove Armada
I Want You Back (Z-Trip Remix) – Jackson 5
Electric Feel – MGMT

A short pause to greet Lisa

Happy Birthday – Stevie Wonder
Everybody Wants To Rule The World – Tears For Fears
West End Girls – Pet Shop Boys
Hot In The City – Billy Idol
Pop Muzik – M
One Night In Bangkok – Murray Head
Rapture – Blondie
Loaded – Primal Scream
Sympathy For The Devil – The Rolling Stones
Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – The Beatles
Birthday – The Beatles
On The Road Again – Canned Heat
Let It All Hang Out – Los Hombres
Wild Thing – The Troggs
Baby Don’t You Do It – Small Faces
The Kids Are Alright – The Who
Victoria – The Kinks
Gloria – Them
Subterranean Homesick Blues – Bob Dylan
Too Much Monkey Business – Chuck Berry
Lonesome Train (On A Lonesome Track) – Johnny Burnette
Great Balls Of Fire – Jerry Lee Lewis
Good Golly Miss Molly – Little Richard
All Shook Up – Elvis Presley
Kansas City – Wilbert Harrison
Soul Kitchen – The Doors
Spill The Wine – War
54-46 (Was My Number) – Toots & The Maytals
Dub Be Good To Me – Beats International
Waterfall (Justin Robertson’s Mix) – The Stone Roses
Step It Up – Stereo MCs
Weirdo – The Charlatans
There She Goes – The La’s
Unbearable – The Wonder Stuff
Boys Don’t Cry – The Cure

Another short pause to cut the cake and listen to speeches

Happy Birthday – Altered Images
Close To Me – The Cure
Do You Really Want To Hurt Me – Culture Club
Pass The Dutchie – Musical Youth
Da Da Da I Don’t Love You – Trio
Genius Of Love (Long Version) – Tom Tom Club
The Look Of Love – ABC
Is There Something I Should Know – Duran Duran
The Politics Of Dancing – Re-Flex
Rhythm Is A Dancer – Snap!
Free – Ultra Nate
Finally (Original Mix) – KOT
Tracey In My Room – EBTG vs Soul Vision
Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) – Eurythmics
Thriller – Michael Jackson
Superstylin’ (Discotek Mix) – Groove Armada
Love Sweet Sound (Mark Knight & Funkagenda’s AHB Mix) – Groove Armada
Lone Cat – Ben Watt
One More Time (Club Mix) – Daft Punk
Electric Avenue – Eddy Grant
We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off – Jermaine Stewart
Kiss – Prince
The Lovecats – The Cure
Walk Like An Egyptian – The Bangles
Hit – The Sugarcubes
Fashion – David Bowie
I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do) – Hall & Oates
Black & Gold – Sam Sparro
Seven Nation Army – The White Stripes
Hey Boy Hey Girl – The Chemical Brothers
Red Alert – Basement Jaxx
Insomnia – Faithless
Romeo – Basement Jaxx
When Doves Cry – Prince
99 Red Balloons – Nena
I Melt With You – Modern English
Just Like Heaven – The Cure
Banquet – Bloc Party
You And Me Song – The Wannadies
Mr Brightside – The Killers
King Of The Rodeo – Kings Of Leon
Unbelievable – EMF
Daft Punk Is Playing At My House – LCD Soundsystem
High Life – Daft Punk
Block Rockin’ Beats – The Chemical Brothers
Smack My Bitch Up – Prodigy
Sabotage – Beastie Boys
Fire Woman – The Cult
Superstylin’ – Groove Armada
Looking For Love (Kevin Yost’s Fate Calling Mix) – Karen Ramirez
Surrender – Petalpusher
Get Down (Saturday Night) (Phonicfood Remix) – Discorados
Another Chance – Roger Sanchez
Bette Davis Eyes – Kim Carnes
Emotional Rescue – The Rolling Stones
Big Time Sensuality – Bjork
Monkey Gone To Heaven – Pixies
Stop – Jane’s Addiction
Teenage Kicks – The Undertones
Blister In The Sun – Violent Femmes
Barely Legal – The Strokes
Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns ‘n’ Roses
Livin’ On A Prayer – Bon Jovi
Highway To Hell – AC/DC
Thunderstruck – AC/DC
Jump – Van Halen
Bad Touch – Bloodhound Gang
Firestarter – Prodigy
Born Slippy (NUXX Extended Mix) – Underworld
Rez – Underworld
Smokebelch II (Beatless Mix) – The Sabres Of Paradise
Tumbling Dice – The Rolling Stones
Rocks Off – The Rolling Stones
Get Off My Cloud – The Rolling Stones
Rave On – Buddy Holly
Ramble On – Led Zeppelin
Get It On – T-Rex
All Right Now – Free
Keep On Loving You – REO Speedwagon
True – Spandau Ballet
Total Eclipse Of The Heart – Bonnie Tyler
Patience – Guns ‘n’ Roses
Jane Says – Jane’s Addiction
That’s Entertainment – The Jam
Disarm – Smashing Pumpkins
Going To California – Led Zeppelin
Sweet Thing – Van Morrison
Pink Moon – Nick Drake
Black – Pearl Jam
All Apologies – Nirvana
Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd
Like A Rolling Stone – Bob Dylan
Blowin’ In The Wind – Bob Dylan
Broken Arrow – Jose Gonzales
Hey Joe – Jimi Hendrix
Here Comes The Sun – The Beatles

12.1

At long last I got to play the gig that I have been waiting for and really looking forward to in the Bernard Shaw Sunday evening.

I must admit I was pretty nervous in the days leading up to the gig. The usual questions like, ‘what will I play?’, ‘what vibe will I set?’, ‘will this sound good?’ circulated in my thoughts. My anxiousness was increased by the fact that I was going to be playing in front of some other DJs and a very discerning audience. People who know music. That’s the clientele that the Bernard Shaw attracts.

In an effort to show my eagerness, I arrived at the pub early. Really early. I was due to start playing a three hour set at 6:00 and I got there at 5. Perhaps that was a bit too keen but I was able to meet the lads and settle in a bit before I started playing.

The gear was set up. Everything was plugged in. I was ready to go. I had decided on my first tune, ‘Sure Thing’ by St Germain, on Saturday. The first song is really important and I always stress over what it will be. I chose ‘Sure Thing’ because I thought it would suit the bar and let the crowd know that I meant business. I also chose it because it was the very first song I played at my very first gig nearly six years ago. It worked. People walking around the bar were nodding their heads and a couple even came on to the floor and danced.

After that I just tried to keep the momentum going and followed the axiom ‘all killer, no filler’. Lounge, Hip-Hop, Alternative, Disco, Funk and House were what I chose. There was also a little ‘Madchester’ set thrown in for all the people who remember Baggy times. The response was great. People danced. I got some requests and lots of thumbs up. The bar man was nodding his head and pumping his fist in the air all evening. It was a lot of fun.

I’m not sure when I will be able to play another gig there but I look forward to when I can.

The tunes I played were:

01. Sure Thing – St Germain
02. Montego Slay – People Under The Stairs
03. Can I Kick It? – A Tribe Called Quest
04. Barcelone – Tommy Hools
05. Talkin’ Loud And Saying Nothing – James Brown
06. Fifth Circuit Rapture – Harvey Lindo
07. Electric Feel – MGMT
08. Hide Me (Al Usher Dance Remix) – Grandadbob
09. The Child – Alex Gopher
10. Exploration – Karminsky Experience
11. Who’s Got The Bacon – Howie B
12. Smokey Joe’s La La – Googie Rene
13. Da Da Da (I Don’t Love You) – Trio
14. Once In A Lifetime – Talking Heads
15. Emotional Rescue – The Rolling Stones
16. You’re Just The Right Size – The Salsoul Orchestra
17. Ain’t No Stopping Us Now – McFadden & Whitehead
18. Got To Be Real (12″ Version) – Cheryl Lynn
19. Melting Pot – Booker T & The MGs
20. Double Dutch Bus – Frankie Smith
21. Bad Luck – Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes
22. Ironside – Jackie Mittoo & Sound Dimension
23. 54-46 (Was My Number) – Toots & The Maytals
24. The Guns Of Brixton – The Clash
25. Dub Be Good To Me (Norman Cook Excursion In The Version) – Beats International
26. Waterfall (Justin Robertson’s Mix) – Stone Roses
27. 96 Tears – Inspiral Carpets
28. Groovy Train – The Farm
29. Groove Is In The Heart (12″ Version) – Dee-Lite
30. Mr Wendal (Perfecto Mix) – Arrested Development
31. Higher Ground – Stevie Wonder
32. Finally (Original Version) – Kings Of Tomorrow
33. Tracey In My Room – Everything But The Girl vs Soul Vision
34. Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) – Eurythmics
35. Cars – Gary Numan
36. Superstylin’ (Discotek Mix) – Groove Armada
37. Release Your Mind (Phonicfood’s Deep Tune Mix) – Syke ‘n’ Sugarstar
38. See It Thru (Machomovers Remix) – Chubby Dubz
39. One More Time (Club Mix) – Daft Punk
40. Going Back To My Roots – Richie Havens
41. City Streets – Basil
42. Clapz (Slope Remix) – Studio R ft Mocky
43. Eye Know – De La Soul
44. I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do) (12″ Mix) – Hall & Oates
45. Rapture Riders (Single Edit) – Blondie vs The Doors
46. Heart Of Glass – Blondie
47. Medecine (Kraak & Smaak Mix) – Mark Rae
48. Looking For Love (Kevin Yost’s Fate’s Calling Mix) – Karen Ramirez
49. Surrender – Petalpusher
50. Get Down (Saturday Night) (Phonicfood Remix) – Discorados

Marquee Magic

Maeve and Michael were married last Saturday in Kilkenny. It was a lovely ceremony and a fabulous day. Everything was perfect.

As part of the occasion, they asked me to DJ for them after the band. I graciously accepted and proudly did my best to give it ‘a bit of wellie’.

Five hours, 61 songs, endless beers and non-stop dancing, shouting, waving of body parts later the celebration ended.

I must admit that when I woke up and looked at the set list on Sunday there were a few scenes missing. Did I really play THAT song? I didn’t even know that I had THIS song! But, most importantly, everyone had a great time and partied like it was 1999 (again).

So, underneath the giant disco ball, here is what I played and what I wanted to play and what I thought about playing. I suppose you could call this list the (Extended Mix) of Saturday night’s set.

A huge thanks to M & M for asking me to play and a giant shout-out to all the peeps who made the night so memorable.

Dance, dance, dance…

For Maeve and Michael:

01. Day-O (Banana Boat Song – Harry Belafonte
02. Don’t Rain On My Parade – Bobby Darin
03. Hey Good Lookin’ – Ray Charles
04. Blue Suede Shoes – Elvis Presley
05. Move It On Over – Hank Williams
06. I Walk The Line – Johnny Cash
07. Going Up The Country – Kitty, Daisy & Lewis
08. Superstition – Stevie Wonder
09. Kung Fu Fighting – Carl Douglas
10. Stayin’ Alive – Bee Gees
11. Jungle Boogie – Kool & The Gang
12. Pick Up The Pieces – Average White Band
13. Flashing Lights – Kanye West
14. Superfly – Curtis Mayfield
15. Black & Gold – Sam Sparro
16. One More Time (Club Mix) – Daft Punk
17. Loaded – Primal Scream
18. Sympathy For The Devil – The Rolling Stones
19. I Am The Resurrection – Stone Roses
20. Thunderstruck – AC DC
21. I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll – Joan Jett
22. Here Comes Your Man – Pixies
23. This Charming Man (Original Single Version) – The Smiths
24. Teenage Kicks – The Undertones
25. Blister In The Sun – Violent Femmes
26. The Lovecats – The Cure
27. Mickey – Toni Basil
28. Whip It – Devo
29. Pop Muzik (Long Version) – M
30. Big Time Sensuality – Bjork
31. Groove Is In The Heart (12″ Version) – Deee-Lite
32. Raspberry Beret – Prince
33. Your Love – Frankie Knuckles & Jamie Principle
34. Like A Virgin – Madonna
35. Modern Love – David Bowie
36. It Must Be Love – Madness
37. Too Much Too Young (Live) – The Specials
38. Green Onions – Booker T & The MGs
39. Superstylin’ (Discotek Mix) – Groove Armada
40. Open Up – Leftfield ft John Lydon
41. Star Guitar – The Chemical Brothers
42. I Want You Back – Jackson 5
43. Don’t Joke With A Hungry Man (Part 2) – Quantic
44. Hey Boy Hey Girl – The Chemical Brothers
45. Da Funk – Daft Punk
46. No Good (Start The Dance) – Prodigy
47. Cowgirl – Underworld
48. Insomnia – Faithless
49. Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ – Michael Jackson
50. Come On Eileen – Dexys Midnight Runners
51. Town Called Malice – The Jam
52. Do You Really Want To Hurt Me (Dub Version) – Culture Club
53. 54-46 (Was My Number) – Toots & The Maytals
54. Pass The Dutchie – Musical Youth
55. 3am Eternal – KLF
56. Things That Make You Go Hmm… – C+C Music Factory
57. Pump Up The Volume – MARRS
58. Body Language – Queen
59. Video Killed The Radio Star – The Buggles
60. Jane Says – Jane’s Addiction
61. They Can’t Take That Away From Me – Frank Sinatra

Some Gigs

Some gigs are dry. Some gigs are leaky. Some gigs come clean. Other gigs are sneaky. Some gigs take less. But most gigs take more. Some slip through your fingers and onto the floor.Some gigs you’re quick. But most gigs you’re speedy. Some gigs you use more force than is necessary. Some gigs just drop in on us. And some gigs are better than others.

Indeed, I have had better gigs than the one I had on Thursday night in Shebeen Chic. Or, as I have been calling it, Shouldntabeen Chic.

Silent speakers, dodgy leads, not-so-straight-forward mixer, cramped space, unreachable volume controls, bad sound – no sound – too much sound, wrong CDs, mis-cued tracks, songs playing in reverse…

I could go on but you probably get the picture by now. On the positive side, I was the first person to ever DJ in Shebeen Chic. On the negative side, I may be the last person to ever DJ in Shebeen Chic.

Some work needs to be done to improve the layout and sound quality. I may or may not be part of that work. For the moment, I need to recover and then next week call into the bar for a chat with the owner. I have some ideas but I don’t know if they will work in this bar. Time will tell. At least he asked me to come back in next week.

Some gigs are slippy. Others gigs sloppy…

These are the tracks I played, tried to play, couldn’t play or played incorrectly:

01. Strange Games & Funky Things – Love Unlimited Orchestra
02. Think – The Lions ft Noelle
03. Fearless – Incognito
04. Barfly – Alex Cortiz
05. Cut And Run – The Lay-Zee Muthas
06. Jim On The Move – Lalo Schifrin
07. Viva Tirado – El Chicano
08. Slow Hot Wind – Block 16
09. Crazy Girls – True Stories
10. Hide Me (Al Usher Dance Mix) – Grandad Bob

This is where I used bad judgement and played a track that was far too quiet

11. Combiner – Boom Bass Brothers

This is where I really fucked up and played Track 8 from Disc 1 instead of Disc 2

12. Rebel Without A Pause – Public Enemy

The owner comes over and asks me what I am doing. I reply “it’s the wrong track.” To be clever, I put the song in reverse and fade it out.

13. The Israelites – Desmond & The Aces

Except when I cue the next track, I forget that I had put the last song in reverse. And so, this track plays backwards for about one or two minutes before I realise. Because of course I can’t really hear anything.

14. Dub Be Good To Me (Norman Cook’s Excursion In The Version) – Beats International

And when I stop the song, fix the reverse problem and press play, the player moves to the next track. Not the one that I want to play! Stop again, rewind and play again.

14. Dub Be Good To Me (Norman Cook’s Excursion In The Version) – Beats International
15. Cold Sweat – James Brown

A couple of deep breaths and a six minute song to regroup.

16. Make Me Believe In You – Patti Jo
17. Superstar – Apres Le Mans
18. Crik Crak – The Lovers
19. Baby It’s You – Smith
20. Lee – Sporto Kantes
21. The Mexican – Babe Ruth
22. Sunshine Of Your Love – Ella Fitzgerald
23. Rhodes Royce – Plastyc Buddha
24. If You Really Love Me – Stevie Wonder
25. Percumantics #11 – Bob Ascroft
26. Clapz – Studio R ft Mocky
27. Situation – Yazoo
28. Modern Stalking – Lovebirds
29. Da Da Da – Trio
30. Pop Muzik – M
31. Once In A Lifetime – Talking Heads
32. Frederic Lies Still – Galliano
33. Food Stamps – Leaf
34. Going Back To My Roots – Richie Havens
35. Moondance – Grady Tate

Feeling Cheesy

Things are tough at the moment. Really tough. There are not many gigs out there. And there is not much money in the ones that are available. So, I have decided to move in a slighty different direction. A bit of a cheesy one.

Last month I played a birthday party for a friend (see the post here) and met a chap who runs his own DJ / sound hire company. It’s a fairly small operation – his office is his van. But he seems to have more than enough gigs to go around. We started talking and swapped numbers. I stayed in touch with him with a couple of text messages and the effort paid off. I had my first gig with him on Saturday night – in a GAA club.

For those who are not in the know, GAA stands for the Gaelic Athletic Association, which was formed in 1884 to keep the Irish sports of Gaelic football and Hurling alive and thriving.

My job was to DJ at a fundraiser in a club just outside of the city. The club was holding a race night to raise money for a member who is going to build houses in Africa for charity.

Again for those who are not in the know, a race night is when someone is hired to show old horse races, mostly from America, on a big screen. The horses are all ‘bought’ by local people and individuals before the night. Their money goes to the charity as well as the fee paid by businesses to be advertised in the race program. Each race is preceeded by a bit of ‘inside’ information so the punters have some knowledge before they place their bets. Saturday night consisted of ten races.

Unfortunately, things got off to a late start and we were never able to fully recover.

I started the evening by playing a bit of a ‘Lounge’ set as the guests were arriving.

Tracks included:

01. Come Fly With Me – Frank Sinatra
02. Don’t Rain On My Parade – Bobby Darin
03. Mack The Knife – Louis Armstrong
04. Groove Holmes – Beastie Boys
05. Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
06. I Say A Little Prayer – Aretha Franklin
07. The ‘In’ Crowd (Live) – Ramsey Lewis
08. The Look Of Love – Dusty Springfield
09. Can’t Take My Eyes Off You – Andy Williams
10. Wives And Lovers – Jack Jones
11. Danke Shoen – Wayne Newton
12. A Lot Of Livin’ To Do – Sammy Davis Jr

Then the racing began. Five races were shown and the interest was quite high. At the half way mark, a break was scheduled and I had about 15 or 20 minutes to play. I chose to go for the ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll’ set this time. I wanted to lift the tempo of things without trying to do too much too soon.

The songs played were:

13. Old Time Rock & Roll – Bob Seger
14. Blue Suede Shoes – Carl Perkins
15. All Shook Up – Elvis Presley
16. Stuck On You – Elvis Presley
17. Great Balls Of Fire – Jerry Lee Lewis
18. Polk Salad Annie – Tony Joe White
19. Move It On Over – Hank Williams

The next five races were shown, including the last race where all of the horses were auctioned. This took forever. More than 600 euro were collected but the night was getting on and I was getting worried about how I was going to be able to provide a bit of a ‘dishco’ to round the evening off.

I spoke to the barman and got a 30 minute extension to the 1:00 cut-off time. Some of the people were richer, some were poorer but everyone wanted to hear some music and enjoy the rest of the night.

I got stuck in with:

20. Saturday Night – Bay City Rollers
21. Brick House – The Commodores
22. Rock Your Body – Justin Timberlake

But then the plug got pulled again! There was a raffle to hold as well. For crying out flayven! So, that was done, all the prizes were sorted and it was finally time for some tunes. Except it was too late. There was nobody interested in dancing or partying because it was 1:10 and the bar was closed!

I perservered though and played the following (I’m not entirely proud of playing everything here but it had to be done):

23. It’s Not Unusual – Tom Jones
24. Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
25. Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey
26. The Lovecats – The Cure
27. Bette Davis Eyes – Kim Carnes
28. 9 To 5 – Dolly Parton
29. I Walk The Line – Johnny Cash
30. I’ve Got You Under My Skin – Frank Sinatra

All in all I think everyone was satisfied. Even though I didn’t get to really ‘large’ it. I did the best I could with the time I had. One could say the evening was:

a bit brie
chiefly cheddar
considerably colby
entirely emmental
fairly feta
generally gouda
hilariously halloumi
mostly mozzarella
properly provolone
really ricotta
severly swiss

I’m not sure what will happen next. There may be more gigs, there may not. But if there is, there will certainly be a lot more cheese.

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…