Mix Tape Friday: It's My Party!
And I’ll dance if I want to.
Today’s tape is my birthday party mix. My birthday’s Tuesday, but the celebration begins today with forty-nine favorite songs that get me up offa that thang — you should have seen the dance moves up and down my hall this week! — one song for each glorious year of life.
There’s no big party this year; I’m saving the candles and streamers for next year’s milestone birthday. This year’s celebration will be a party of two. Out of town. With candles and champagne. And probably a bauble purchase or seven.
Since I wanted one tape with my favorite dancing tunes, you’ll see some repeats this week. Added bonus: There isn’t much room for debate since these are *my* favorite dancing songs — although I would like to know some of your favorite get-up-offas.
R.E.M. :: Radio Free Europe
The Replacements :: I Will Dare
Beck :: Black Tambourine
Joe Jackson :: I’m the Man
Andrew W.K. :: We Want Fun
Morris Day & The Time :: Jungle Love
Deee-lite :: Groove Is in the Heart
Pavement :: Stereo
Cloud Cult :: Happy Hippo
The B-52’s :: Mesopotamia
Cameo :: Word Up
Elvis Costello :: Tear off Your Own Head (It's a Doll Revolution)
The Clash :: Radio Clash
Blur :: Song 2
U2 :: Elevation (Tomb Raider Mix)
Elastica :: Connection
The Roots feat. Cody Chesnutt :: Seed 2.0
The Pretenders :: Middle of the Road
The Beatles :: Revolution
Sonic Youth :: Incinerate
Mike Watt feat. Eddie Vedder :: Against the 70’s
Wilco :: Heavy Metal Drummer
Spoon :: Don’t You Evah
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles :: Going to a Go-Go
Soup Dragons :: Divine Thing
The Pixies :: Here Comes Your Man
Prince :: My Name Is Prince
Sugar :: Your Favorite Thing
The Farm :: Groovy Train
The Pipettes :: Dirty Mind
The Jackson 5 :: ABC
Naked Eyes :: Promises, Promises
XTC :: Life Begins at the Hop
David Bowie :: Fashion
Brothers Johnson :: Get the Funk Out Ma Face
Cypress Hill :: Insane in the Membrane
Pylon :: Feast on My Heart
10,000 Maniacs :: Pit Viper
Super Furry Animals :: (Drawing) Rings Around the World
The Gap Band :: You Dropped a Bomb on Me
The Ramones :: Judy Is a Punk
Tone Loc :: Funky Cold Medina
The Whigs :: Right Hand on My Heart
The Raveonettes :: Attack of the Ghost Riders
Kool & The Gang :: Jungle Boogie
Devo :: Uncontrollable Urge
Curtis Mayfield :: Move on up
The Rolling Stones :: Little T&A
George Clinton :: Last Dance
Don’t miss a dance — download the zip file and get your party shoes on the dance floor with me!
Here’s a party favor for you:
Find the Buck: Peter, of course, starts off the tape with “Radio Free Europe” — but there’s a Buck guitar solo in another song. Which one? The first person who guesses correctly gets to suggest two songs for the (very special) April 4 mix tape.
Favorite Boy has been giving me grief about my “Heavy Metal Drummer” obsession. He doesn’t understand why I love this above all Wilco songs; there are, after all, several better ones in the catalog. I just love the happy feeling, the energy of the song — and the lyrics build great visuals in my fuzzy head. And I dance*dance*dance when I hear it.
“I Will Dare” has been one of my favorite songs since Let It Be was released in 1984. Like “Heavy Metal Drummer,” it has great energy — and I always bust out dancin’ on the first note. I also love the line How smart are you? / How old am I? / Let’s count the rings / Around my eyes. Paul Westerberg writes some frickin’ fantastic lyrics, doesn’t he? (BTW, I’m playing “I Will Dare” and chair-dancin’ my chaired ass off while writing this.)
“Happy Hippo” boasts the most fun use of Neil Young ever on record. Who knew Neil could be a dance track?
My Cool Cred: "Revolution" is my mother's favorite Beatles song. The woman can dance when that record is spinning 'round the turntable.
Dance, children. Dance all damn weekend.
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