I’m doing the music this Saturday night for three very special people who have turned fifty in recent times. One’s my wife; the other two are her close friends all the way back to school days. It will be great.

I have about 22,000 songs on my iPod.  I can cover most situations and have done the odd disco in recent times.  Including my own 50th three years ago.  At that we got pretty nostalgic and I think “Jean Genie” by David Bowie went down better than just about anything. But only just better than “Up Town Top Ranking” by Althia and Donna and “Little L” by Jamiroquai, which are two of my absolute top dance favourites.  And of course we finished the evening with a few anthems: “Come On Eileen” by Dexy’s Midnight Runners, “Wonderwall” by Oasis and “Angel” by Robbie Williams.

Aaah, memories…..

So, more of the same? Well, not quite.

I’m taking requests, and have found a disconcerting number of tracks on the lists which (a) I don’t have and (b) would never download in normal circumstances.  I cringed as I downloaded the following from the iTunes store tonight:

Cyndi Lauper – Girls just Wanna Have Fun

The Weather Girls – It’s Raining Men

Kenny Loggins – Footloose

Lou Bega – Mambo No 5

Ricky Martin – Livin’ la Vida Loca

Katrina – Walking On Sunshine

Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen

Dancing Queen – Abba

But, hey, they’re all good songs really.  It’s just that I’ll be quite happy to be up on the stage just playing the tunes as they come on.  So I won’t have to dance to them.

Mind you, there were a few others that made me think, why haven’t I got this on my iPod already?  Got on vinyl, but never made the translation. The wonderful soca classic from the early eighties, “Hot, Hot, Hot” by Arrow, for example. Belgian pop techno artists Technotronic, with “Pump Up The Jam”. Soft Cell with their sleazy take on the Northern Soul Classic “Tainted Love”.  I’ll dance to any of them!

And we’re having a metal interlude.  How will this go down? Well, if we do it after everyone’s had a few drinks it will probably be a great laugh.  There will be inflatable guitars at the ready.  “Enter Sandman” by Metallica may feature. The best ever metal riff?  “Ace of Spades” by Motorhead! Runs it close. And , er… “We Will Rock You” by Queen. Now if it was entirely up to me, I’d be putting on “Brighton Rock” if we had to have a Queen song.  The one when Brian May went all Hendrix. Loved it the day it came out on “Sheer Heart Attack” in the mid-seventies, still love it today. But I digress…

We might have a bit more 70s rock – classics like “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd, or “The Boys Are Back In Town” by Thin Lizzy.  But it will be mostly 70s and 80s dance, plus a few new ones, I suspect.  And there is nothing wrong with that. Anyone who can’t or won’t dance to Michael Jackson’s classics – my favourite is “Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough” – or to “Night Fever” by the Bee Gees, isn’t gonna dance.

Some of the younger folk at the party will grimace as they watch their parents re-live their youth, but hey, if you can’t do it when you turn fifty, when can you?

Let’s dance!

(Yeah, we’ll have that one too – if I get my way)

About John S

I'm blogging about the things I love: music, sport, culture, London, with some photos to illustrate aspects of our wonderful city. I’ve written a novel called “The Decision”, a futuristic political thriller, and first of a trilogy. I’m also the author of a book on music since the 1970s called “ I Was There - A Musical Journey” and a volume of poetry about youth, “Growin’ Up - Snapshots/ Fragments”. All available on Amazon and Kindle.
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8 Responses to Fiftypartydisconightmareorheavendownload!

  1. Osama Rahman says:

    Any KC and the Sunshine Band? (I ask in all seriousness.)

    And what about the finance dance tune of all time – Talking Heads’ “Once in a Lifetime”?

  2. Osama Rahman says:

    The “finance” dance tune of all time? My job is clearly getting to me a bit too much! I meant “finest”.

    Although what would be the “finance” dance tune of all time? Well certainly not Simply Red’s “Money’s too tight to mention”. Hmm John, there’s one for you to ponder.

  3. John S says:

    KC will be there! T.Heads brilliant I agree but may not make this shindig.

    Finance tune: “Wall Street Shuffle” by 10cc?

  4. Jeremy Gould says:

    But are you brave enough to use itunes and turn on itunes dj to solicit requests during the evening?

  5. John S says:

    Probably not, given that I have never heard of it! But it sounds interesting for the next one – assuming there is a next one. I imagine you would need an iPad or laptop rather than a couple of dumb iPods, which I’m using tomorrow.

  6. Jeremy Gould says:

    Its just a feature that allows anyone with an idevice to request and/or cue a song from your library.

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