29 October 2010

Lisa Snowdon in cheap slacks, dancing

In the course of putting together a soul, funk and disco set for tonight, I found this. I didn't even know I had it. I had clean forgotten which song it actually was. And tonight it will blast out of the speakers for a crowd of hundreds to enjoy.

A quick check back shows it wasn't ever a hit in the UK, and yet the M&S usage has given it an air of joyful familiarity now, to the extent that it's burrowing around the lower reaches of the current singles charts.

It's been a busy old week, so not much else to report. The weekend will be even busier!

26 October 2010

I'm a soul man

This Friday, I make my debut as a specialist soul DJ. I have a five hour set to plan, and the agreed remit is classic soul, funk and disco from the 60s, 70s and 80s.

I have most of the bases covered - all the Motown and commercial disco I can shake a stick at, plus my 80s collection and some timely suggestions for 60s soul and 70s funk - but always want more, especially for 60s soul and any kind of non-disco 70s stuff. And there is always a danceable Motown gem missing from my collection.

What, from these selected genres, would prompt you to throw a shape or two? Your suggestions are both welcome and crucial! The CDs are burning as I type...

I've already got this...

25 October 2010

Just another manic Monday (arrrrf)

And so the Q The 80s phenomenon continues to evade us entirely, but we're enjoying doing the show anyway. Here is how we sounded yesterday...

Lionel Richie "Running With The Night"
Roachford "Cuddly Toy"

Sheila E "The Belle Of St Mark"
Stranglers "European Female"

Madonna "Like A Prayer"

Glenn Frey "Smugglers Blues"
Londonbeat "9am (The Comfort Zone)"

Duran Duran "Notorious"
Fuzzbox "Self!"

Freddie McGregor "Just Don't Want To Be Lonely"
Eurythmics "Sex Crime (1984)"

Salt n Pepa "Push It"
Echo & the Bunnymen "Seven Seas"

Paul Hardcastle "Just For Money"
Michael Jackson "Liberian Girl"

Living In A Box "Living In A Box"
John Waite "Missing You"

Tears For Fears "The Way You Are"
Redhead Kingpin & the FBI "Do The Right Thing"

Madonna "Cherish"

Tom Robinson Band "War Baby"
Cutting Crew "(I Just) Died In Your Arms"

Bad Manners "Walking In The Sunshine"
Aretha Franklin "Who's Zoomin' Who"

Shakin' Stevens "It's Raining"

Tone Loc "Funky Cold Medina"
Susan Fassbender "Twilight Cafe"

Neil Diamond "Love On The Rocks"
Depeche Mode "See You"

The Cure "Lovesong"
Bryan Ferry "Don't Stop The Dance"

Bon Jovi "You Give Love A Bad Name"
Ashford & Simpson "Solid"

Madonna "Dear Jessie"

Specials "Ghost Town"
Westworld "Sonic Boom Boy"

Tina Turner "Typical Male"
Spandau Ballet "Round And Round"

Bananarama "Shy Boy"
Terence Trent D'Arby "Sign Your Name"

Talk Talk "Life's What Make You It"
Booker Newberry III "Love Town"

Pretenders "Message Of Love"
Beloved "The Sun Rising"

Keep a beady one on Spotify for the updated playlist, and we'll do it again Sunday!