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


24 thoughts on “Party Music – How To Please All Of The People, All Of The Time?

  1. Lisa says:

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

  2. Definitely… well, maybe two…

  3. PJ says:

    Skilltyclogher.. Just to get the ball rolling.1. Warrior – Scandal2. This given line – Electric Soft Parade3. Pour some sugar on me – Def Leppard4. When doves cry – Prince5. Precious Time – Van Morrison6. Crazy crazy nights – Kiss7. Did ya ever get the ride – Seamus Moore8. Just like heaven – The Cure9. This charming man – The Smiths10. Mickey – Toni Basil11. The key the secret – Urban cookie collective12. Celebration – Kool and the lads13. The Launch – DJ Jean14. The Irish Dancing tune – Various15. Sweet Jane – Lou Reed

  4. Timoté says:

    1.The Mason’s Apron – The Dubliners2.Honkey Tonk Woman – The Stones3.Big Rock Candy Mountain – Harry Mclintock4.You Never Can Tell – Chuck Berry5.Running On Empty – Frankie Fredricks and the Municipalities6.Total Eclipse of the Heart – Bonnie Tyler7.Bowie – Rebel Rebel8.Bowie – Young Americans9.Johnny Cash – Ring of Fire10.Jacob Dylan – One Headlight11.Bruce Springsteen – Dancing in the Dark12.Gogol Bordello – Start Wearing PurpleIs there a slow set?

  5. GordonNapier says:

    1. Train To Nowhere – Savoy Brown2. Bring It On Home To Me – Ted Hawkins3. Roxette – Dr. Feelgood4. I’m A Man – Bo Diddley5. Bankrobber – The Clash6. Message To You Rudi – The Specials7. It’s Bad You Know – R.L. Burnside8. Dog House Boogie – Seasick Steve9. Lip Up Fatty – Bad Manners10. I’ve Got A Woman – Ray Charles

  6. Anonymous says:

    colm mc caffertys roadshow from garrison has offered to play?1.architecture from helsinki-you can owe me.2.cut copy-hearts on fire3.beastie boys-open letter to NYC4.LCD soundsystem-someone great5.justice-D.A.N.C.E.6.the strokes-the modern age7.timo mass-shifter8.underworld-jumbo9.orbital-lush3-310.the knife-silent shout

  7. Ally Broon says:

    1.The Supremes – Love Is Here And Now You're Gone2.The Isley Brothers – This Old Heart Of Mine3.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 Rain5.Stevie Wonder – Signed, Sealed, Delivered6. Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell – Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing7. Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes – Don't Leave Me This Way8. the obligatory Janet Jackson pick – Rhythm Nation9. 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?

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

  9. Alan says:

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

  10. Lisa says:

    I Would Die 4 U, PrinceTechnologic, Daft PunkMiss you, Rolling StonesDooms Night, Azzido da BassToo Much, Too Young, The SpecialsHung Up, MadonnaLust for Life, Iggy PopCrosstown Traffic, Jimi HendrixDo You Wanna Funk?, Sylvester & Patrick CowleyAin’t No Mountain High Enough, Marvin Gaye and Tammie TerrellAll pretty obvious but if you dont want to dance to all of these you are dead on the inside.

  11. 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 Heartbroken2.David Kitt: Song From Hope St3.The Thermals: Returning To The Fold4.Midlake: Roscoe (Beyond The Wizard’s Sleeve Remix)5.Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Cheated Hearts6.The Delays: Lost In A Melody7.Modest Mouse: Float On8.Frightened Rabbit: Heads Roll Off9.Tokyo Police Club: Your English Is Good10.Idlewild: Roseability11.Death In Vegas: Aisha12.The Walkmen: The Rat13.Hold Steady: Stay Positive14.The Cure: Close To Me15.Bloc Party: Banquet16.Friendly Fires: Paris17.Fuck Buttons: Sweet Love For Planet Earth18.Cut Copy: Feel The Love19.LCD Soundsystem: All My Friends20.Royksopp: What Else Is There? (Thin White Duke Mix)

  12. 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 Glory6. The Knife – Heartbeats7. Faithless – Insomnia8. Flight of the Conchords – Boom9. Killers – Mr Brightside [It may have been beat out ta fuck but its still a classic party tune]10. Bloc Party – Hunting For Witches11. Basement Jaxx – Red Alert12. Beastie Boys – No Sleep Til Brooklyn13. 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

  13. anto says:

    yo barndog….1. Funky Town- artist unknown2. Tears of a clown- can’t remember artist3. animals- house of the rising sun4. Dj shadow- organ donar5. The Planets- Gustav Holst (Trust me) ha ha6. we gotta get out of this place- the animals (again)7. james brown- i feel good8.goodbye old friend- fascinating aida9.europe- the final countdown10. charles and eddie- would I lie to you…now – if you play those, I’ll be impressed.. !

  14. li says:

    barndance choice.1.Depeche Mode – Personal Jesus2.Blondie -Atomic3.Kenny Rogers – Just Dropped in4.Rolling Stones – Paint it Black5.Peaches – Fuck the Pain Away6.Weezer – Buddy Holly7.Fat Boy Slim- Star 698.Jackson Sisters – i Believe in Miracles9.Architecture in Helsinki – Do the Whirlwind10.David Bowie – Gene Genie

  15. Anonymous says:

    Fleetwood MacThe Farm – Get on the trainFranz FerdinandLady Gaga – Just Dance

  16. Paul says:

    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 – Zdarlight2. Canned Heat – Going up the Country3. Frightened Rabbit – Keep Yourself Warm4. Daft Punk – Teachers5. Bloc Party – Helicopter6. Fujiya and Miyagi – Collarbone7. The Rapture – Peices of the People we Love8. The Wailers – Get Up, Stand Up9. The Velvet Underground – Sweet Jane10. BRMC – Berlin.Get in there.

  17. DD says:

    Everybody dance now…Ultravox – ViennaEagles of Death Metal – Speaking in TonguesDepeche Mode – Just Can’t Get EnoughGreen Velvet – La La LandTakako Minekawa – Fantastic CatKraftwerk – Autobahn (Edit)Gary Numan – Cars (Dave Clarke Remix)Fischerspooner – EmergeThe Prodigy – Smack My Bitch UpVitalic – La Rock

  18. Nikki says:

    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 Cry2. Fleetwood Mac – Go Your Own Way3. Blondie – Call Me4. The Pixies – Debaser5. Hot Chip – Over and Over (done to death but always a crowd-pleaser!)6. MGMT – Kids7. Happy Mondays – Step On8. Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart9. Arcade Fire – Haiti (especially for yoooooou)10. Talking Heads – Road to Nowherego on, put Guru Josh Project -Infinity 2008 on, you know you want it…

  19. Nikki says:

    also…Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You Up

  20. Anonymous says:

    1.The Specials – Message to You Rudy2.The Only ones – Another Girl Another planet3.Kasabian – Club Foot4.The Smiths – There Is a Light That Never Goes Out5.The Corrigan Brothers – Theres no-one as Irish as Barack Obama6.Dire Straits – The Walk of Life7.Fleetwood Mac – The Chain8.2 Unlimited – There’s No Limit9.Take That – Never Forget10.Accapella performance by everyone present – Flower of Scotland.

  21. Jules says:

    Elbow- the bones of you or One day for thisCut copy -lights and musicStone roses- fools goldThe smiths- the charming manMgmt- of moons, birds and monsters Tom Petty- American girlMystery jets- young loveVampire weekend- WalcottThe black keys- your touch or just got to beArchitecture in Helsinki- its 5The Dubliners- 7 drunken nightsRod Stewart-Maggie MayBlonde redhead- 23Hercules love affair- blindBorn ruffians- hummingbirdChristy Moore and Shane Mac Gowan- Spancill hillJustice vs simian- we are your friendsRolling stones-start me upThe cure- the 13th

  22. jeans team- Keine MelodienBlur- There’s no other wayPendulum- Fasten your seatbeltsAd The Lad’s playlist

  23. Anonymous says:

    Hope we’re not too late.Kennedy and Leslie choices are…1. Ing – Mr Scruff2. Theme tune from Cheers3. Kids – MGMT4. The Bucket – Kings of Leon5. Stir it Up – Bob Marley6. Ch-Check it Out – Beastie Boys7. Hounds of Love – The Futureheads8. Fuck The Pain Away – Peaches9. Paper Planes – M.I.A10.Zombie – The Cranberries11.Cyndi Lauper of your choice!12.Chicken Payback – The Bees13.Johnny Cash – Sons and Daughters14.Single Ladies – Beyonce(Please!)15.Float on – Modest Mouse16.The Gummy Bears theme tune for Paddy McNabb!17.Oh!You Pretty Things – David Bowie18.Ready for the Floor – Hot ChipCheers Barney

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