Tuesday, 13 January 2009

Party Music - How To Please All Of The People, All Of The Time??

I've been in Edinburgh for about 3 and a half years. In that space of time, I have lost count of the amount of parties I've been to, hosted, or had hosted in my flat on my behalf (thanks everyone, donations to the Cullen Property embezzlement fund are more than welcome). Perhaps the continual success or longevity of these things is that they've always just fallen into place. With notable exception (Clanefest 06, Ginge's Doo), there has been very little organizing. Ad hoc has served us quite well.

Now it's probably not irony, but I'm sure it's something along those lines, that as I prepare to leave Edinburgh, for the first time, I am trying to organize one of these things in advance. I booked the room, I set up an event page on Facebook and, um, well that's about it, but in this day and age, need I do anything more?

The main bone of contention (in my own mind anyway), is the music. I toyed with the idea of having a dj. Come to think of it, I've always fancied myself as a closet Jimmy Saville, however, the venue (The Cuckoo's Nest) is quite small, my skimpy vinyl collection wouldn't last us past 10pm, and since I flogged on my Stagelines about 6 years ago, I have a distinct lack of decks. That's not to mention the notable absence of a shimmering shellsuit.

And since I'm hoping everyone attending the party is doing so to get well and truly langered, it would be a shame to thrust anybody upon the wheels of steel (although it's not too late to volunteer)

Which leaves me with one option.

An iPod, hooked up to their sound system.

What I am suggesting, is that everyone planning to attend (fuggit, even those who aren't coming) suggests ten tracks (this time for free, beat that Rupert) or more if you like. These will be fired onto said iPod, which should hopefully result in a pretty decent party playlist.

Otherwise, it's gonna be my Townes Van Zandt Live At The Old Quarter album on repeat.

This may be a shite idea, and the chances are it will backfire on me (or nobody will respond), but I think the results could be pretty interesting. Leave your suggestions in the comments thingy below. Look forward to hearing some interesting selections (McNabb, no Rush).

In the meantime, I'll leave you with some Townes... be warned

Video: Townes Van Zandt - Pancho and Lefty


Lisa said...

great idea, thinking caps and dancing feet at the ready...only one track featuring pato banton per customer...

Finbarr Bermingham said...

Definitely... well, maybe two...

PJ said...

Skilltyclogher.. Just to get the ball rolling.

1. Warrior - Scandal
2. This given line - Electric Soft Parade
3. Pour some sugar on me - Def Leppard
4. When doves cry - Prince
5. Precious Time - Van Morrison
6. Crazy crazy nights - Kiss
7. Did ya ever get the ride - Seamus Moore
8. Just like heaven - The Cure
9. This charming man - The Smiths
10. Mickey - Toni Basil
11. The key the secret - Urban cookie collective
12. Celebration - Kool and the lads
13. The Launch - DJ Jean
14. The Irish Dancing tune - Various
15. Sweet Jane - Lou Reed

Timoté said...

1.The Mason’s Apron – The Dubliners
2.Honkey Tonk Woman – The Stones
3.Big Rock Candy Mountain – Harry Mclintock
4.You Never Can Tell – Chuck Berry
5.Running On Empty – Frankie Fredricks and the Municipalities
6.Total Eclipse of the Heart – Bonnie Tyler
7.Bowie – Rebel Rebel
8.Bowie – Young Americans
9.Johnny Cash – Ring of Fire
10.Jacob Dylan – One Headlight
11.Bruce Springsteen – Dancing in the Dark
12.Gogol Bordello – Start Wearing Purple

Is there a slow set?

GordonNapier said...

1. Train To Nowhere - Savoy Brown
2. Bring It On Home To Me - Ted Hawkins
3. Roxette - Dr. Feelgood
4. I'm A Man - Bo Diddley
5. Bankrobber - The Clash
6. Message To You Rudi - The Specials
7. It's Bad You Know - R.L. Burnside
8. Dog House Boogie - Seasick Steve
9. Lip Up Fatty - Bad Manners
10. I've Got A Woman - Ray Charles

Finbarr Bermingham said...

If you like Timote...

Anonymous said...

colm mc caffertys roadshow from garrison has offered to play?

1.architecture from helsinki-you can owe me.
2.cut copy-hearts on fire
3.beastie boys-open letter to NYC
4.LCD soundsystem-someone great
6.the strokes-the modern age
7.timo mass-shifter
10.the knife-silent shout

Ally Broon said...

1.The Supremes - Love Is Here And Now You're Gone
2.The Isley Brothers - This Old Heart Of Mine
3.Diana Ross - Ain't No Mountain High Enough (GOT to be the full length, 6minute+ version, the 3minute version's shit!)
4.Eddie Kendricks - Date With The Rain
5.Stevie Wonder - Signed, Sealed, Delivered
6. Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell - Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing
7. Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes - Don't Leave Me This Way
8. the obligatory Janet Jackson pick - Rhythm Nation
9. Franz Ferdinand - Lucid Dreams
10. Fred Wesley & The Horny Horns - When In Doubt: Vamp!

er. a bitta soul for ye. how're you planning on getting your hands on all this material btw?

Finbarr Bermingham said...

I have a team of monkeys scouring the record shops of Edinburgh and the Central Belt as we speak...

Alan said...

It's going to be a busy week and a half for FF&theM's recording all those covers.

Lisa said...

I Would Die 4 U, Prince
Technologic, Daft Punk
Miss you, Rolling Stones
Dooms Night, Azzido da Bass
Too Much, Too Young, The Specials
Hung Up, Madonna
Lust for Life, Iggy Pop
Crosstown Traffic, Jimi Hendrix
Do You Wanna Funk?, Sylvester & Patrick Cowley
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, Marvin Gaye and Tammie Terrell
All pretty obvious but if you dont want to dance to all of these you are dead on the inside.

Finbarr Bermingham said...

This is my own contribution. Indie disco-tastic. Will whittle it down to ten (or maybe not)...

1.Camera Obscura: Lloyd, I'm Ready To Be Heartbroken
2.David Kitt: Song From Hope St
3.The Thermals: Returning To The Fold
4.Midlake: Roscoe (Beyond The Wizard's Sleeve Remix)
5.Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Cheated Hearts
6.The Delays: Lost In A Melody
7.Modest Mouse: Float On
8.Frightened Rabbit: Heads Roll Off
9.Tokyo Police Club: Your English Is Good
10.Idlewild: Roseability
11.Death In Vegas: Aisha
12.The Walkmen: The Rat
13.Hold Steady: Stay Positive
14.The Cure: Close To Me
15.Bloc Party: Banquet
16.Friendly Fires: Paris
17.Fuck Buttons: Sweet Love For Planet Earth
18.Cut Copy: Feel The Love
19.LCD Soundsystem: All My Friends
20.Royksopp: What Else Is There? (Thin White Duke Mix)

Stephen Murphy said...

1. Psycho Killer - Talking Heads "Ah, the memories of Clanefest 07..."
2. Temptation (6 Nations) - New Order "You know the words"
3.da Funk - Daft Punk
[4. Razorlight - A Seacat In America "No wait, scratch that - its your party not mine"]
4. Arcade Fire - Rebellion (Lies)
5. The Clash - Death or Glory
6. The Knife - Heartbeats
7. Faithless - Insomnia
8. Flight of the Conchords - Boom
9. Killers - Mr Brightside [It may have been beat out ta fuck but its still a classic party tune]
10. Bloc Party - Hunting For Witches
11. Basement Jaxx - Red Alert
12. Beastie Boys - No Sleep Til Brooklyn
13. Never Forget - Take That "Last song of the night. Do it! There's no shame in it."

A mix of classics and clanezers memories here.

Enjoy it trucker, best of luck mate.

Say Cat

anto said...

yo barndog....
1. Funky Town- artist unknown
2. Tears of a clown- can't remember artist
3. animals- house of the rising sun
4. Dj shadow- organ donar
5. The Planets- Gustav Holst (Trust me) ha ha
6. we gotta get out of this place- the animals (again)
7. james brown- i feel good
8.goodbye old friend- fascinating aida
9.europe- the final countdown
10. charles and eddie- would I lie to you...

now - if you play those, I'll be impressed.. !

li said...

barndance choice.

1.Depeche Mode - Personal Jesus
2.Blondie -Atomic
3.Kenny Rogers - Just Dropped in
4.Rolling Stones - Paint it Black
5.Peaches - Fuck the Pain Away
6.Weezer - Buddy Holly
7.Fat Boy Slim- Star 69
8.Jackson Sisters - i Believe in Miracles
9.Architecture in Helsinki - Do the Whirlwind
10.David Bowie - Gene Genie

Anonymous said...

Fleetwood Mac
The Farm - Get on the train
Franz Ferdinand
Lady Gaga - Just Dance

Paul said...

Alright man, good choices from your fine self, featuring personal favourites by the likes of the rabbit, the party, the wild and the soundsystem.

I would be priviliged if you stuck the following onto your shuffler:

1. Digitalism - Zdarlight
2. Canned Heat - Going up the Country
3. Frightened Rabbit - Keep Yourself Warm
4. Daft Punk - Teachers
5. Bloc Party - Helicopter
6. Fujiya and Miyagi - Collarbone
7. The Rapture - Peices of the People we Love
8. The Wailers - Get Up, Stand Up
9. The Velvet Underground - Sweet Jane
10. BRMC - Berlin.

Get in there.

DD said...

Everybody dance now...

Ultravox - Vienna
Eagles of Death Metal - Speaking in Tongues
Depeche Mode - Just Can't Get Enough
Green Velvet - La La Land
Takako Minekawa - Fantastic Cat
Kraftwerk - Autobahn (Edit)
Gary Numan - Cars (Dave Clarke Remix)
Fischerspooner - Emerge
The Prodigy - Smack My Bitch Up
Vitalic - La Rock

Nikki said...

Ah Barnabas, i've had to change my carefully crafted playlist containing Float On and Cheated Hearts, i'm too slow! if they're gonna get played then who cares eh?

1. The Cure - Boys Don't Cry
2. Fleetwood Mac - Go Your Own Way
3. Blondie - Call Me
4. The Pixies - Debaser
5. Hot Chip - Over and Over (done to death but always a crowd-pleaser!)
6. MGMT - Kids
7. Happy Mondays - Step On
8. Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart
9. Arcade Fire - Haiti (especially for yoooooou)
10. Talking Heads - Road to Nowhere

go on, put Guru Josh Project -Infinity 2008 on, you know you want it...

Nikki said...


Rick Astley - Never Gonna Give You Up

Anonymous said...

1.The Specials - Message to You Rudy
2.The Only ones - Another Girl Another planet
3.Kasabian - Club Foot
4.The Smiths - There Is a Light That Never Goes Out
5.The Corrigan Brothers - Theres no-one as Irish as Barack Obama
6.Dire Straits - The Walk of Life
7.Fleetwood Mac - The Chain
8.2 Unlimited - There's No Limit
9.Take That - Never Forget
10.Accapella performance by everyone present - Flower of Scotland.

Jules said...

Elbow- the bones of you or One day for this
Cut copy -lights and music
Stone roses- fools gold
The smiths- the charming man
Mgmt- of moons, birds and monsters
Tom Petty- American girl
Mystery jets- young love
Vampire weekend- Walcott
The black keys- your touch or just got to be
Architecture in Helsinki- its 5
The Dubliners- 7 drunken nights
Rod Stewart-Maggie May
Blonde redhead- 23
Hercules love affair- blind
Born ruffians- hummingbird
Christy Moore and Shane Mac Gowan- Spancill hill
Justice vs simian- we are your friends
Rolling stones-start me up
The cure- the 13th

Adam Arthur Cathcart IV said...

jeans team- Keine Melodien
Blur- There's no other way
Pendulum- Fasten your seatbelts

Ad The Lad's playlist

Anonymous said...

Hope we're not too late.Kennedy and Leslie choices are...
1. Ing - Mr Scruff
2. Theme tune from Cheers
3. Kids - MGMT
4. The Bucket - Kings of Leon
5. Stir it Up - Bob Marley
6. Ch-Check it Out - Beastie Boys
7. Hounds of Love - The Futureheads
8. Fuck The Pain Away - Peaches
9. Paper Planes - M.I.A
10.Zombie - The Cranberries
11.Cyndi Lauper of your choice!
12.Chicken Payback - The Bees
13.Johnny Cash - Sons and Daughters
14.Single Ladies - Beyonce(Please!)
15.Float on - Modest Mouse
16.The Gummy Bears theme tune for Paddy McNabb!
17.Oh!You Pretty Things - David Bowie
18.Ready for the Floor - Hot Chip
Cheers Barney