Miss(ed) Manners

January 18, 2007

Making Party

Filed under: Life,Music,Party — missedmanners @ 3:57 pm






I’m not a DJ.

But everyone I know is. Apparently during the early aught’s everyone and their mother decided that it would not only be a good idea to take up DJing, but that they should try to throw a party and get all of their other DJ friends to come to their party, and not some other DJ party by another DJ friend of theirs.

I’ll reserve my comments and thoughts on that whole situation for another time. Suffice to say, there are too many bedroom DJ’s out there.

So, seeing as I’m among the ever shrinking minority of the utterly mix-clueless a friend of mine who throws a weekly party decided some time ago that it would a great idea to have a few people like me play some music to a bunch of people like them.

We call it the “Greatest Worst Party of All Time,” and myself and my fellow non-DJ’s are called – appropriately – “Asshats.” Tonight will be the third time that I’ll be getting up in front of a small crowd and playing the cheesiest, most horrendously nostalgic music I can find.

I like to consider myself a pretty tech-savvy guy, but when it comes to electronic music equipment I’m all flippers. I still have no idea how to use a mixer, CDJ or turntable. I require a fifteen minute primer before each gig. My roommate of four years is a DJ and our apartment is wired with more sound than half the clubs in Manhattan, and I can’t play a goddamned CD while I watch TV (I like to party). The DJ portion of our apartment looks like the cortex of the HAL 9000, there’s even a red eye looking light. I can’t sleep downstairs with it looking at me, but again, another story.

Like I said before, the whole point of these parties is that my friends are really snobby about music. I play the least snobby stuff I can find, thus pandering to the lowest common denominator of music appreciation. The first two times around I made a primarily dance heavy, free-style disco sort of sound. Tonight I think I’m going a little more R&B.

So, basically I need some submissions of the guiltiest pleasure-music from the late 80’s early 90’s.



  1. Well… Jeebus, you lob me a softball like that…

    edwin collins – never met a girl like you before
    geto boys- damn it feels good to be a gangster
    kirsty macoll – walking down madison
    tom tom club – genius of love
    Q Lazzarus – Goodbye Horses
    Kenny Rogers & the 1st edition – just dropped in to see what condition i was in
    Ozzy – Changes

    BAMM! dj grouchosuave in the comment box, boyzzz! (some more guilty pleasures than R &B but I gots to dig my own grooves, babies!!)

    Comment by grouchosuave — January 18, 2007 @ 10:12 pm | Reply

  2. To be offbeat, play selections from “Faith” by George Michael – which we never hear anymore – since all his goings on.

    Comment by onemoreoption — January 18, 2007 @ 10:36 pm | Reply

  3. imma hafta let my REAL DJ friends read this so they can laugh their asses off.

    Comment by BluJewel — January 18, 2007 @ 11:44 pm | Reply

  4. DiVinyls – I touch myself (not R&B)
    Dead or Alive – You Spin Me Round (not R or B)
    R&B http://randb.about.com/od/top5lists/tp/EssentialAlbums.htm

    Comment by g-dog — January 18, 2007 @ 11:52 pm | Reply

  5. Leave it to me to leave a request for suggestions until the last minute. Played some early 90’s rap/hip hop/prince type stuff. Went over reaaaaally well.

    Though… grouchosuave… those suggestions are fucking BRILLIANT. Consider me listening and I’m going to consult with you next time they let me back up on the decks.

    PS: I’m waaaay hungover.

    Comment by missedmanners — January 19, 2007 @ 10:33 am | Reply

  6. here is a nice list of MTV brainwashing thats sure to please. some of the bands i cant recall but you should know what song i am talking about.

    “she drives me crazy” – by that gay band.

    “we can dance” – by the guys with out hats.

    that song about about “a Scottish lake” by the police.

    “it must be love” – madness

    “red red wine” – by that gay band.

    do they know “its Christmas time” – by the celebrity’s who stopped hunger in Africa .

    don’t you want me baby – by the human league the other gay band.

    867-5309 – jenny’s number

    “Cum on Ilene” by Dexy’s Midnight Runners.

    title song from the movie “Free to Be You and Me” and may be “When We Grow Up” from the same evil movie.

    any song from school house rock.

    hopefully this list is a original as a San Francisco webmaster/bogger who goes to burning man to be a DJ.

    Comment by carchiba — January 19, 2007 @ 2:46 pm | Reply

  7. Hey..hey..hey..

    Nena – 99 Luft Balloons
    anything from-The reverend Al Green
    Old Beastie Boys..from Pauls Boutique..and the single “Cookie Puss”
    Rick james – Give it to me baby
    Art of Noise -Beat Box
    Marshall Jones – I Burn
    Bad yard Club- In da Ghetto
    Information Society – Running (classic!!)
    Ten City – Thats the way love is

    Comment by GammaBoy...aKa ..Chris — January 19, 2007 @ 3:16 pm | Reply

  8. Depeche Mode Personal Jesus
    Beastie Boys Girls
    Semisonic Closing Time

    And in case you’re feeling suicidal:
    Britney Spears Do Something

    Have fun storming the castle and torturing the local denizens!


    Comment by Ally — January 19, 2007 @ 5:17 pm | Reply

  9. Kenny Rogers and the Geto Boys in the same set? Hilarious!

    Comment by Brent — January 25, 2007 @ 2:40 pm | Reply

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