21 September 2007

Mix Tape Friday: Dance This Mess Around

The weather’s fab … it’s Friday … MyDataBus is running again … so let’s just dance this mess around.


The B-52’s: Dance This Mess Around
Cameo: Word Up
The Rolling Stones: If I Was a Dancer (Pt. 1)
The Clash: The Magnificent Seven
The Farm: Groovy Train
N.E.R.D.: She Wants to Move
Temptations: I Can’t Get Next to You
Prince: My Name Is Prince
The Jam: Town Called Malice
Iggy Pop: Lust for Life
R.E.M.: Revolution
Elvis Presley: Rubberneckin' (2003 Remix)
Salt-N-Pepa: Push It
Michael Jackson: Don’t Stop ‘til You Get Enough
Justin Timberlake: Sexyback
Curtis Mayfield: Move on Up
Duran Duran: The Reflex
Marvin Gaye: Got to Give It Up (Pt. 1)
Roots feat. Cody Chesnutt: Seed 2.0
Elvis Costello: Pump It Up
Edwin Starr: 25 Miles
Bar-Kays: Soul Finger
De La Soul: Me Myself and I
Soup Dragons: Pleasure
Isley Brothers: Fight the Power (Pt. 1 & 2)
Wiseguys: Start the Commotion
T. Rex: 20th Century Boy
Ohio Players: Lover Rollercoaster
KC & The Sunshine Band: Boogie Shoes
David Bowie + Mick Jagger: Dancing in the Street
Beck: The New Pollution
Sly & The Family Stone: Dance to the Music
Young MC: Bust a Move


UPDATE: Because I strive to keep my readers (listeners?) happy, here are today’s toe-tapping tunes, zipped into one file. Download away, Moxie!

What are some of your favorite dance tunes?

I totalled my Toyota while car-dancing to "The Seed 2.0," so that song will always hold a special place in my heart.

Of all his songs, “My Name Is Prince” is my favorite, because Prince is funky. Great beat; you can dance to it! And I love his self-love lyrics: In the beginning God made the sea / But on the 7th day he made me / He was tryin' to rest y'all when He heard the sound / Sound like a guitar cold gettin' down / I tried to bust a high note, but I bust a string / My God was worried 'til he heard me sing.

What’s up with Iggy Pop? As a father of punk, he needs to set standards — but there seems to be a new commercial with one of Iggy’s songs every few months. Those Carnival Cruise ads have nearly ruined “Lust for Life” for me — but I still love to dance to it — and it gave us our beloved Johnny Yen his nom de blog. There’s a Cadillac ad, isn’t there? And now there’s an ad using “The Passenger.” Interesting to see which ad agency snags “I Wanna Be Your Dog” — maybe Petsmart or eHarmony?

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30 Comments:

At 9/21/2007 08:48:00 AM, Blogger Bubs said...

Great list!

Your Elvis Costello pick, Pump It Up, provided me with my surreal moment of the week. We were at Home Depot looking at bathtub enclosures, when whatever pop tune that was droning came to a close, and Pump It Up came over the sound system. Loudly. No one else seemed to notice.

 
At 9/21/2007 09:45:00 AM, Blogger Splotchy said...

Nice mix!

Some of my favorite dance songs are included.

"Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" - I just love that Off The Wall album.

And that Curtis Mayfield song? If you can't feel the rhythm, you're probably dead.

"Bust A Move" will also always have a place in my dancin' heart. Whatever happened to Young MC, anyways?

 
At 9/21/2007 10:03:00 AM, Blogger haahnster said...

De La Soul's "Me Myself And I"---NICE! I need to dust off the ol' 3 Feet High And Rising again soon...

GREAT MIX all the way around. (Shame about my complete lack of dancing skills, though!)

 
At 9/21/2007 11:21:00 AM, Blogger Keith Kennedy said...

I'll be car dancin' today thanks to you, Dear Beth!

 
At 9/21/2007 11:44:00 AM, Blogger Dale said...

I'd sign up for eHarmony or get a new dog immediately if either of those places adopted "I Wanna Be Your Dog".

I'd dance to The Reflex, A Town Called Malice or anything else if I was drunk enough. Hello, my name is Dale and...

 
At 9/21/2007 11:52:00 AM, Blogger Malcolm: said...

Nice to see some tunes that you wouldn't find on a typical dance CD. Your mix contains many of my faves.

Some of my other ones include:

(Not Just) Knee Deep by Funkadelic. I prefer the extended version that features the late Phillipe Wynne (formerly of the Spinners)

Life Begins At the Hop- XTC

One Step Beyond- Madness

I Don't Feel Like Dancin'- Scissor Sisters

Almost anything by Chubby Checker

 
At 9/21/2007 01:16:00 PM, Anonymous paul said...

I also like Prince's little dig at Michael Jackson in that song. "My Name is Prince" came out around the time MJ dubbed himself "The King of Pop". Here's the lyric: "You must become a prince before you're king anyway".

 
At 9/21/2007 01:19:00 PM, Blogger Moxie said...

Some of these tunes bring back fun memories...on my senior trip, my black classmates taught me how to dance to the Salt-n-Pepa tape. I have them to thank for my ass-shakin' ways.

Hey, is there any way you can also post a zipped file of all the songs? I like getting everything in one fell swoop - or mouse click, as the case may be.

 
At 9/21/2007 01:44:00 PM, Blogger Travis said...

Lots of good ones on that list.

We don't go clubbing though...too noisy. It's much more fun for us to go to ballroom class these days.

And as for car dancing, well just about anything is good for that!

 
At 9/21/2007 02:02:00 PM, Blogger Mother Goldstein said...

Ahhhhhhh- SHHHHHH- Push it PUSH IT REAL HARD!!!!

Great list - all very strong "fun in the sun on a beautiful friday" songs.

few of my favorites:
me myself and I
Dance to the Music
Bust a F'N move!

and I have to say I love you for including...
Isley Brothers: Fight the Power (Pt. 1 & 2)

Oh Hells Yeah!

 
At 9/21/2007 02:34:00 PM, Blogger Moxie said...

Thanks for the zipped file! Whoo hoo!

More dance favorites of mine:
My Own Private Idaho - B52s
Dancin' with Myself - Billy Idol
Woke Up This Morning - A3 (theme from "The Sopranos")
Battleflag - Lo Fidelity All Stars
Too Funky - George Michael
New Sensation - INXS (did this one at karaoke - lots of fun)
Flashlight - Parliament (this is Joe's ringtone)
More Bounce to the Ounce - Zapp & Roger (this is T-Wizzle's ringtone)

 
At 9/21/2007 03:04:00 PM, Blogger Skylers Dad said...

"Car dancing" - I love that term!

 
At 9/21/2007 03:12:00 PM, Blogger Barbara Bruederlin said...

Whew! That zipped file is a great idea, but I am pooped from all that dancing.

It's a very thing that you didn't put any Bloc Party on your mix, because you don't want to see me dancing to Bloc Party. Nobody should have to see that.

 
At 9/21/2007 03:27:00 PM, Blogger mellowlee said...

Yay dance tunes!!!! Thanks for adding it as a zip! Saves a lota lota time *HUG* Have a great weekend Beth!

 
At 9/21/2007 04:23:00 PM, Blogger pistols at dawn said...

I don't dance as a general rule, except of course to pogo my way through the 80s. So I can't partake in that, but I will tip my hat to Cameo's "Word Up." Every Friday, I used to call someone who sat four feet from me at work and we'd sing every line we could think of in THAT voice.

God, those were good times. For us, at least. Everyone else got real tired of it in a hurry.

 
At 9/21/2007 04:39:00 PM, Blogger BeckEye said...

This may cause everyone to smirk at me, but I don't care. My favorite song to dance to is "Bootylicious." For realz, yo.

And I'm so happy to see "25 Miles" on your list. If pressed (like, with a gun to my head) for my favorite song of all time, I might just say that one. I would have to say something to avoid getting shot, wouldn't I? In any other situation, it would be an impossible decision, but that song would be thrown into the discussion, no doubt.

 
At 9/21/2007 09:12:00 PM, Blogger wapentake said...

Excellent list, Beth.

I think I spent about several years dancing to The Jam - I WAS Paul Weller for most of my early teens. And they covered 'Move on Up' of course - was hoping that would be one of your infamous questions at the end of the post - alas no.

The Farm - I saw them play in Tilburg, Holland - just remember hearing 'All Together Now' at least three times.

I can just about forgive your inclusion of 'The Reflex' - time was when Duran Duran represented the height of sacrilege - luckily, we all tend to mellow!

Fave Jam songs for danceability: 'Dreams of Children' and 'Strange Town.'

 
At 9/22/2007 12:46:00 AM, Blogger Jacy said...

I love that Roots song.

 
At 9/22/2007 02:28:00 AM, Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...

Oow, friends say she's fine
Friends say she's good
Everybody says that Beth is just like rock & roll

 
At 9/22/2007 07:17:00 AM, Blogger Allison said...

Fabulous, fabulous list. Its such a gorgeous day out today I actually feel like dancing in the street, so I'm stealing some of these tunes to help move things along.

I don't really have many favourite dance tunes, but I do enjoy a lot of the Bloc Party remixes. Well, I'm a sucker for Justin Timberlake so I was happy to see he made your list!

 
At 9/22/2007 09:46:00 AM, Blogger Sean Wraight said...

Fearless and original as always Beth!
The Clash and Sly in the same mix? I should hope to be so bold.

Well done. I'm looking forward to what is cooking next.

 
At 9/22/2007 10:41:00 AM, Blogger Bluez said...

Hell to the yes! These are some great unpacking songs! Thanks

 
At 9/22/2007 03:38:00 PM, Blogger Grant Miller said...

You are so generous.

 
At 9/22/2007 06:38:00 PM, Blogger DaBich said...

OOhhh Yeah! Great list...It's Saturday and I'm cleaning, and it's GREAT to dance when you clean LOL!
I also love the ol' favs Old Time Rock 'n Roll...Proud Mary...and more...
Now you got me going!

 
At 9/23/2007 02:48:00 PM, Blogger Erik Donald France said...

Love it love it love it. This is cool!

"Rubberneckin'" is awesome -- as are they all. Everything Is Turning to Gold ;)

 
At 9/24/2007 07:30:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

BUBS: Did you laugh out loud? I would have — and, of course, belted it up and down the aisles.

SPLOTCHY: Off the Wall, in my opinion, is Michael Jackson’s best album. I guess Young MC got old. God bless Mr. Mayfield; the man knew how to groove, didn’t he?

HAAHNSTER: I knew you’d love “Me Myself and I”! Now, get up offa that thang!

KEITH KENNEDY: I’m mighty proud, sir. Work that seat!

DALE: I would so eHarmony to be someone’s dog! And I’ll get you on the dance floor, my pretty.

 
At 9/24/2007 07:36:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

MALCOLM: The hardest part of putting together these mix tapes is culling down the list to a manageable thirtysomething songs. I had to cut a few of George Clinton/Parliament/Funkadelic tunes (including your “Knee Deep”) — and “Life Begins at the Hop” and “One Step Beyond” made it through the first couple of phases. Maybe next time I need to dance …

PAULIE: I hope you know “My Name Is Prince” is on here for you and because of you … ‘cause you are funky.

MOXIE: Senior trip? Salt-n-Pepa? Damn, the gray hairs now feel justified …

TRAVIS: I’m not a clubber — but I dance all over my house, up and down the grocery aisles — and always in my office chair and car seat!

MOTHER GOLDSTEIN: I love being loved for the important things!

 
At 9/24/2007 07:43:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

MOXIE: I cut a lot of B-52’s songs … “Flashlight” … “Woke up This Morning” — but you have some other great ones here I need to remember for the next dance set.

SKYLERS DAD: You should see me in car-dancing action!

BARBARA: I should be ashamed that I didn’t Bloc Party.

MELLOWLEE: I hope this left you dancing the weekend away.

PISTOLS AT DAWN: I think I may love you for your “Cameo” Fridays. I think you should start “Cameo”’ing me every Friday.

 
At 9/24/2007 07:52:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

BECKEYE: Isn’t “25 Miles” bootylicious?

WAPENTAKE: Omigod!!!! I don’t have — nor have I even heard — The Jam’s “Move on Up”!!! Feel like sharing? I love that you were Paul Weller!

JACY: Ain’t it great?

WRITE PROCRASTINATOR: You make me giggle!

ALLISON: Justin Timberlake is my guilty pleasure. I hope you danced the weekend away.

 
At 9/24/2007 07:55:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

SEAN WRAIGHT: You have to be bold to put together a good mix tape. I love being able to mix up the genres.

BLUEZ: You’re welcome!

GRANT MILLER: You should see me off the browser page …

DABICH: Hope you kept going, and cranked out “Proud Mary.”

ERIK DONALD FRANCE: Thank you, sir!

 

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