21 March 2008

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:

R.E.M. :: Supernatural Superserious


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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20 Comments:

At 3/21/2008 11:16:00 AM, Blogger BeckEye said...

What about Steve Miller's "Dance Dance Dance?" My niece used to love that song when she was little. It's not exactly a club joint, but whatever. :)

Happy early birthday, you sweet, sweet, sweet, divine thing, you.

 
At 3/21/2008 12:33:00 PM, Blogger Malcolm said...

Happy early 49th Beth! Your list includes many personal faves of mine. As I type this I am bouncing in my chair to "Life Begins At the Hop". Since I'm at work, I'm even miming to the "ooh ooh ooh" part.

As for other favorite get-up-offas of mine:

Thank You (Faletinme Be Mice Elf Agin) by Sly and the Family Stone

Kids In America- Kim Wilde

Alligator Woman- Cameo

Ain't Gonna Bump No More (With No Big Fat Woman)- Joe Tex

It Must Be Love- Alton McLain & Destiny

 
At 3/21/2008 01:15:00 PM, Blogger SkylersDad said...

Happy Birthday next Tuesday Beth! Many more happy returns!

 
At 3/21/2008 04:29:00 PM, Blogger Mother Goldstein said...

Happy Birthday Beth,

another great mix.

BTW thanks for your generous donation to the Autism Society of MN

Rock on and I will toast you in 5 minutes...

hue

 
At 3/21/2008 05:07:00 PM, Blogger Bluez said...

Happy Early Birthday. Only one year away from the dreaded one....

Oh, and as usual thanks for the great tunes!

Hope you dance your ass off this weekend!

 
At 3/21/2008 07:31:00 PM, Blogger Tenacious S said...

Happy Birthday! Probably my all-time favorite dance tune is Temptation by New Order. And who could resist Frankie Goes To Hollywood "Relax?"

 
At 3/21/2008 09:50:00 PM, Blogger Erik Donald France said...

Yeahdawg! I finally remembered All About Eve Jeez. . .

In any case, happy birthday day early to the full moon, the soaring owl and the dead oak tree . . .

I remember "Radio Free Europe" coming out like yesterday . . . Chapel Hill school daze . . . which I swung through today, oddly enough.

Movie lines & song lyrics are popping to the surface, but will they bubble into a full-blown meme? Possibly something akin but not as fully realized ;)

 
At 3/22/2008 10:29:00 AM, Blogger Bubs said...

Well, let's not waste any time in letting me be the 8th person to wish you happy birthday!

I love this list. Love it. I'm going insane in my membrane as I type.

Have a great birthday, and thanks for all the music!

 
At 3/22/2008 01:55:00 PM, Blogger Moxie said...

I will have to call you on your b'day and sing my infamous birthday medley...you can just let it go to voicemail and savor the crazy fun all year long!

Some of my favorite ass-shakin' songs:
"War on Gravity" - Poets & Pornstars (I'll send it to you if you like)
"So Whatcha Want" - Beastie Boys (if I was a stripper, I would definitely have a number to this song)
"Stronger" - Kanye West
"Good Times Bad Times" - Led Zeppelin (may have to karaoke this one sometime)
"Hysteria" - Muse (LOVE the opening guitar riff on this song)
"Mustang Sally" - The Commitments (once my cell phone issues are resolved I am going to make this a ringtone)

 
At 3/22/2008 06:22:00 PM, Anonymous HollyC said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BETHIE!!!
Love you R&H

 
At 3/22/2008 07:14:00 PM, Blogger Barbara Bruederlin said...

Happy Birthday, you rare and glorious creature!

So many dancy songs, such a small dance floor!

 
At 3/23/2008 01:23:00 AM, Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...

Happiest of Birthdays!

"Fashion" and "Insane In The Membrane?" Wow, what a DJ you would've made!

 
At 3/23/2008 05:45:00 PM, Blogger Dale said...

Happy Easter, Happy Birthday and thanks for making me feeling like getting drunk and dancing!

 
At 3/23/2008 08:26:00 PM, Blogger chelene said...

Happy Birthday, Beth! And that's a great mix!! The Seed 2.0 is one of my workout songs! I love it.

 
At 3/24/2008 07:53:00 AM, Blogger Old Lady said...

You are probably aware of this already, but the CBS Sunday Morning show will be featuring REM next Sunday, that's March 30, 2006!

 
At 3/24/2008 07:55:00 AM, Blogger Old Lady said...

Oh, and Happy Birthday. The next one won't be so bad, people will just start calling you Miz Coffey Cup.

 
At 3/24/2008 02:45:00 PM, Anonymous filegod1 said...

fun mix Ms. Coffey. Hope your Birthday is fantastic. After all, it's a Revolution Doll. Loved the Blur, and Pipettes, but how in the world did little T & A make this list? Inquiring mind want to know.

 
At 3/24/2008 02:58:00 PM, Blogger pistols at dawn said...

Indeed, happy birthday, miss. The 'Mats and Joe Jackson tunes are classics indeed.

 
At 3/24/2008 07:12:00 PM, Blogger Pezda's Ghost said...

Happy, happy!

You know, I really don't see you as a Cyprus Hill kind of gal.

Ana Ng - They Might Be Giants always makes me bounce.

 
At 3/29/2008 08:27:00 AM, Blogger KS said...

Pete shows up in "I Will Dare".

And you might wanna check the typo in the Pylon song.

Oh yeah! Happy Birthday!

 

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