Saturday, October 20, 2007

Right Round - 10/19/07 - Setlist and Commentary

Forgive me, I am going to rant for just a sec...

I am a nice person, who is generally cheerful and easy to get along with. There is only one area of my life that gets me ridiculously fired up, and that is drunk people harrassing me during Right Round. It's kind of funny - you know how a cat can be the sweetest cat of all time - sit in everyone's laps, purr a bunch, do that funny fetching thing with a ball of tinfoil - all that stuff, then yet you pet the cat while it's eating or licking itself or whatever personal stuff cats do, and it bites the shit out of you? I feel like that's how I sometimes get with Right Round. Dude, at your wedding I'm like, "Don't Stop Believing - SURE!" or "Beat It - ABSOLUTELY!" or even "I Will Survive - YOU BET". Seriously - it's YOUR event, you call the shots, I am merely your beat-matching conduit, you know?

Please note, for now and future. I will NEVER, EVER, EVER, EVER willingly play music by the following bands/individuals at Right Round - BECAUSE IT IS AN 80S ALT POP DANCE NIGHT AND THE FOLLOWING BANDS ARE NOT ALTERNATIVE:

  • Michael Jackson
  • Prince (exception being in honor of Trent last month, but he was a friend who died, so that's totally different. When you become my friend and you die, I'll play Prince for you)
  • Madonna
  • Bon Jovi
  • Journey
  • any other obviously mainstream 80s band that I don't feel like playing. If I get a wild hair up my butt and decide to play one of the aforementioned for some reason, you can consider it my extra special present for you and you alone.
I will not bend on this, even if it's your birthday, or you came all the way from Texas, or it's the only song you can get it up to, or whatEVER. This is not because I don't like the above - I do, in fact, think that most are fine artists in their own right, who have produced some legitimately lovely songs for dancing by any and all. However, here's the thing - and YES, I'm talking to the 4 specific individuals who gave me a raft of shit ALL NIGHT LONG for not playing each act listed above. Right Round is MY dance night, and I set the parameters. It's not "Right Round - the 80s alt-pop dance party with DJ lil'e and that guy over there who really, really, REALLY wants to hear Michael Jackson". I will not play Michael Jackson at Right Round for anyone - not even my mom (and I'll pretty much play anything moms wants), so stop asking.

Now, that being said, if I feel like playing The Killers, or Dee Lite, or whatever the fuck I play that doesn't fit inside your definition of 80s alternative, I am afraid that I will likely be frustratingly unapologetic. Giving me shit about it is DEFINITELY not going to get me to play Michael Jackson, or any other request you may have. In fact, I had a couple of people tagged to be thrown out, if you must know, as they were giving me so much shit, generally speaking, that it was becoming difficult to concentrate. I appreciate that you are going out to have fun, that you paid money to me to be entertained, and that you think Michael Jackson is the tits. BELIEVE me, I've requested stuff to DJs that I was pissed they didn't play, but at the end of the day, that is the DJs prerogative, end of story.

This is not your wedding - just because you WANT to hear something, doesn't mean I'm going to play it - even if you ask, and ask, and ask, and ask, and friggin' ask. You want a jukebox? Hire me for your private party. I am actually rather delightful when I'm not pissed off at you, and have quite the repertoire of non-80s-alt-pop music that I'm quite sure you would just love. But, Right Round is my own special night that I've been doing for something like 7 years now, and if it's all the same, I shall play and not play whatever the fuck I want, thank you very much. I spend most of the rest of my life as a professional DJ happily playing what the people who hire me ask me to play - give me a fucking break on this one.

So, all of that angry-ness being said, here's my very own setlist, chosen exclusively by me. 300 other people seemed to really dig it, so the 4 of you who kept giving me shit all night can shove it:

Requests have ** by them:

Figures on a Beach - No Stars (original remix)
Berlin - No More Words
Gang of 4 - At Home He's a Tourist
** Wang Chung - Everybody Have Fun Tonight
** Depeche Mode - But Not Tonight
Camoflauge - Love is a Shield
New Order - Sub-culture
** Book of Love - Boy
** Spandau Ballet - Promises, Promises
Blondie - Heart of Glass
** Blancmange - Living on the Ceiling
** Frankie Goes to Hollywood - Relax (remix)
Automation - Obsession
** Depeche Mode - Enjoy the Silence
** Yaz - Situation
Talking Heads - Once in a Lifetime
James - Laid
** Erasure - A Little Respect
INXS - Need U Tonight
** Dee Lite - Groove is in the Heart
** New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle
Information Society - Tell Me What's On Your Mind
** Human League - Don't You Want Me?
Madness vs. The Rapture - Our House of Jealous Lovers (DJ Lil'e Mashup)
** Pet Shop Boys - Always on My Mind
** Siouxsie - Cities in Dust
Dead or Alive - Brand New Lover
Midnight Oil - Beds Are Burning
The Las - There She Goes
** Talking Heads - Psycho Killer
** Duran Duran - Girls on Film
Talk Talk - It's My Life
New Order - Temptation
** Nena - 99 Luft Balloons
** Aha - Take On Me
The Smiths - Ask
Violent Femmes - Gone Daddy Gone (hilarious side note: after I played this song, one of the shit-givers came up to me and said, "so - you're only playing 80s alternative - HA!" took me a second to figure it out, but I think the guy thinks the Gnarls Barkley version of this song is the only one. Sweetie, it's called a cover - look into it.)
They Might Be Giants - Birdhouse in Your Soul
** Erasure - Oh L'Amour
** Big Country - Big Country
** The Cars - Hello Again
** The Go Gos - Our Lips Are Sealed
** Duran Duran - Hungry Like the Wolf
** The Clash - Rock the Casbah
They Might Be Giants - Ana Ng
** Dead or Alive - You Spin Me
** Pet Shop Boys - Left to My Own Devices
** Soft Cell - Tainted Love
** Elvis Costello - Pump it Up
Styx vs. The Killers - Domo Arigato, Mr. Brightside (DJ lil'e Mashup) (another hilarious side note: I think that this song caused the biggest coup all night - 3 of the 4 shit-givers practically LINED UP to give me a hard time about this one. Still didn't make me want to play Michael Jackson...)
Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart
The Go Gos - We Got the Beat
Naked Eyes - Always Something There to Remind Me
** DEVO - Whip It
Plastic Bertrand - Ca Plane Pour Moi
Peter Schilling - Major Tom
The Cure - Just Like Heaven
** The B52s - Love Shack (I Actually Got quite a bit of shit from EVERYONE ELSE for playing this song, funnily enough. Sorry dudes - just felt like playing it - I am quite aware that there are better B52s songs out there... ugh...)
Violent Femmes - Add it Up
The Jam - Town Called Malice
The Smiths - This Charming Man

Depeche Mode - Strangelove

Please note - of the 50+ songs listed below, over 1/2 are requests - so it's not like I don't play stuff people ask me to play. Rant complete.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Right Round - 9/15/07 - Setlist and Commentary

Okay, so on to happier times, with my super duper setlist from September! There will be ** by all requests:

Gene Loves Jezebel - Desire
New Order - Low Life
Midnight Oil - The Dead Heart
The Church - The Unguarded Moment
The Cars - I Like The Nightlife
Depeche Mode - Personal Jesus
PIL - This is Not A Love Song
Morrissey - Hairdresser on Fire
Peter Murphy - Cuts You Up
The Fixx - One Thing Leads to Another
** Blondie - Atomic
** B52s - Love Shack
** New Order - Blue Monday
The Clash - Rock the Casbah
Go Gos - Our Lips Are Sealed
** Big Country - Big Country
The Cure - Let's Go to Bed
** Erasure - O L'amour
** Depeche Mode - Just Can't Get Enough
Yaz - Don't Go
Talking Heads - Psycho Killer
They Might Be Giants - Birdhouse In Your Soul
Duran Duran - Hungry Like the Wolf
** Aha - The Sun Always Shines on TV
** Shriekback - Nemesis
** Dead or Alive - You Spin Me
DJ Lil'e Mashup - Book of Love vs. Blur - Tubular Boys
** Real Life - Send Me An Angel
Buggles - Video Killed the Radio Star
** Eurythmics - Would I Lie To You?
Bananarama - Venus
** Proclaimers - 500 Miles
Clash - London Calling
Smiths - Panic
Blondie - Call Me
New Order - Temptation
** Soft Cell - Tainted Love
Men w/o Hats - Pop Goes the World
OMD - Enola Gay
Elvis Costello - Pump it Up
DJ lil'e mashup - Styx vs. The Killers - Domo Arigato, Mr. Brightside
** The Cult - She Sells Sanctuary
Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart
Cure - Just Like Heaven
Modern English - Melt With You
Smiths - Ask
DEVO - Whip It
Kim Wilde - Kids In America
Violent Femmes - Gone Daddy Gone
Siouxsie - the Passenger
Pixies - Here Comes Your Man
** Echo ATB - Lips Like Sugar
PSB - Left to My Own Devices
Cure - Boys Don't Cry
B52s - Own Private Idaho
Dee Lite - Groove Is In the Heart
New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle

Encore (for Trent):
Prince - Let's Go Crazy

I promise that not all posts moving forward will be depressing and/or maudlin...

Any of you readers out there who have been with me for a while will remember the death of my dear friend Mr. Phil and the subsequent emotional aftermath felt by it. Today is the 2-year anniversary of his passing, and I can't help but think sadly, and fondly, of him and all the other pals I've lost. Particularly in light of this most recent one.

Matt - way back in 1988 from a car accident, John - the following week from a bee sting, my dearest Mark - in 1996 of AIDS, Vito - in 2001 of an overdose, crazy old Frederique - in 2005 (can't say, too personal), our Mr. Phil - 2005 of a motorcycle accident, dear Peter - in 2006 of heart-related complications, and of course Trent - this year, by his own hand. Some I miss dearly, some I don't think of much, and some just make me angry. But they are all there, laid out in the forefront of my mind, and I just can't forget them.

Here's a little piece of the Mr. Phil post from way back in October '05 that I pulled out, dealing with what I learned from his death:

...keep in touch with the people you care about, and get the ones you don't out of your life. Live every day like it's your last. Take chances. Be funny as hell - always. Be kind. Be honest. Be there for peeps who need it - whether it's to defend them or to comfort them. Be clumsy sometimes. Don't be afraid to cry. Love your pals with wreckless abandon. Do the things that make you happy, rather than the things that make you comfortable. And finally, remember: out of sight does not, EVER mean out of mind. Especially when someone leaves this life. Those are the lessons that Mr. Phil left behind, and all are the reasons we loved him so.


Monday, October 08, 2007

Breaks were taken

I'm channelling Dolly Parton when I say it's time to "yawn and stretch and try to come to life"! I've been taking a much-needed break from... well... from just about everything for the last 2 months, in an attempt to get my head set on straight. A person I knew rather well died unexpectedly in August, and the months leading to and following his death filled my head with tons of risidual *stuff*. Not just the usual stuff, but a lot of unpredictable stuff too. If you've ever been through something like that, you may know what I mean. But, in my head I have dwelled on such unpleasantries for far too long, and am ready to move the hell on to better times, fo' shizzle.

So, aside from djing as usual, I've been taking some time for good old me, and subsequently haven't really posted, gone out, talked, or done much of friggin' anything else for a little while.

That said, I'll actually post September's setlist sometime before October's setlist needs to be posted.

In other news, I've got a couple of really cool projects lined up, which I shall speak of only when they are in more of a state of full swing.

Back on the horse I go!