Sunday, March 09, 2008

Suzanne's Soundtrack Sunday: Party Time!

Ultimate Blog Party 2008

It's time once again for Soundrack Sunday, and boy, this week, I had a lot of ideas for it. Ed found a lovely momento from the past that will be the feature of a future SSS post. There's a new artist that I bought from iTunes, thanks to the song being featured on the DMX at work-so I'll be doing that soon.

Today, though, it just occurred to me that I should feature something that relates to the Blog Party. A party is not a party without the tunes, right?

When I was a kid, I was a radio junkie and loved music(duh). As a teen, thought, I was very lucky. One of my friends had a low wattage radio station that he ran out of his home. I was very excited to be given a show slot and then later, taught how to run the boards and DJ my own show.

It started me down a path. I wanted to be a DJ. I went to college with the goal of getting a degree in Communications. I got on the staff of the college radio station, where I met Donna and Bawb the first day. Eventually, I moved up from doing a couple of newscasts to doing my own show. In three years, I got to do many great things at that station, including the coveted Saturday two hour air shift where I could play whatever I wanted. Nothing beats having people you don't know calling in their requests each week.

Bawb got a job DJing in a bar midway between my house and his. They needed a Saturday night DJ, and I got the job. I got a hundred bucks a week for 6 hours work, doing what I loved! Later, I was offered a DJing job at the bar we hung out at. Alas, it was just before I moved, but hey, seeing people grooving on the dance floor and stay there song after song? The power is intoxicating.

I moved to Maryland and got a paying job at a radio station. The money wasn't as good as club DJing, so I left the field. However, I still like making my mixes as if I were in a club or on the air.

When I managed the meal prep kitchen, I had several mixes on the iPod that I piped into the kitchen and the customers loved it. There was a regular private party that came in every month and they requested my mixes as soon as they came in the door. I was informed that after I left, they were a little bummed that they wouldn't get a personal Suzanne mix anymore (but they were consoled somewhat by having the XM 70's channel to groove to)

So, today, in honor of the blog party, I'm sharing a couple of my playlists.

This is the store mix, 2.7 hours of music (our kitchen sessions were two hours long)
Time and Tide - Basia
Tempted - Squeeze
Only You - Yaz
If You Leave Me Now - Chicago
Take Me As I Am - October Project
Two Hundred - Tommy Williams
Head Over Heels - Tears For Fears
Steppin' Out - Joe Jackson
Video Killed the Radio Star - Buggles
I Got You - Split Enz
Wake Up (Next to You) - Graham Parker
What I Like About You - Romantics
It's The End of The World (As We Know It) - R.E.M.
Make A Curcuit With Me - Polecats
The Futures So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades - Timbuk 3
I Wanna Be a Lifeguard - Blotto
Fun in the Sun - Steve Harwell (lead singer for Smashmouth)
Whip It - Devo
What Do All the People Know - Monroes
Little Goodbyes -SheDAISY
That Don't Impress Me Much - Shania Twain
Let Goodbye Hurt - Suzy Boggus
The Dance - Garth Brooks
Life in A Northern Town - Dream Academy
Take Me With You - Rippingtons
Over the Rainbow - Israel Kamakiwiwo'ole (eToys commercial)
Longer - Dan Fogelberg
Flesh and Blood - Wilson Phillips
Orinoco Flow - Enya
Falling Farther In - October Project
What A Wonderful World - Joey Ramone
I Feel Lucky - Mary-Chapin Carpenter
Breakaway - Kelly Clarkson
Leader of the Band - Dan Fogelberg
Impressions de France - The Official Album/Where Magic Lives (WDW)

Private Party Songs is one list I did for the ladies who loved to groove while in the kitchen. There's some overlap, but there's nothing wrong with that!

The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades - Timbuk 3
Good Lovin' - The Rascals
What I Like About You - Romantics
Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
The Logical Song - Supertramp
California Girls - David Lee Roth
If I Didn't Love You - Squeeze
We Are Family - Sister Sledge
In The Summertime - Mungo Jerry
I Feel Lucky - Mary-Chapin Carpenter
I Don't Even Know Your Name - Alan Jackson
Kokomo - Beach Boys
It's The End of the World (As We Know It) - R.E.M.
Steppin' Out - Joe Jackson
Take Everything - Graham Parker
Jet Airliner - Steve Miller Band
Who Can It Be Now? - Men at Work
She Blinded Me With Science - Thomas Dolby
Goody Two Shoes - Adam Ant
Friends in Low Places - Garth Brooks
Take It To the Limit - Eagles
Little Lies - Fleetwood Mac
Walk of Life - Dire Straits
Someday - Marshall Crenshaw
Rock This Town - Stray Cats
Birthday - Beatles
Love Shack - B52's
The Time Warp - Rocky Horror Picture Show
Situation - Yaz
Just Can't Get Enough - Depeche Mode
Take On Me - a-Ha
Sowing the Seeds of Love - Tears for Fears
You Make Lovin Fun - Fleetwood Mac
Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
When I'm Sixty Four - Beatles
Last Train to Clarksville - Monkees
Walking on Sunshine - Katrina and the Waves
I Wanna Be a Lifeguard - Blotto
Two Princes - Spin Doctors
One Thing Leads to Another - The Fixx
Baby One More Time - Bowling For Soup
Honey, I'm Home - Shania Twain
Little Goodbyes - SheDaisy
What Do All The People Know - Monroes
You Make Me Feel Like Dancing - Anne Hathaway
Movin' Out - Billy Joel
Baby, What a Big Surprise - Chicago
Games Without Frontiers - Peter Gabriel


I realize that neither one of these is my ultimate party mix, because I took requests and incorporated them, as well as tailoring this to the personalities of those who would be there. If I have time before the blog party is over, I'll add my ultimate party mix to this list.

Now it's a party!

7 People talked back:

Bonnie said...

I didn't know most of the songs on your first playlist except for "Video Killed the Radio Star". *giggle* That's one of my all-time favorites.

Suzanne said...

Bonnie, you probably know half of that list and don't realize it! I can't tell you how many times someone would say "Who DOES this?" when the Monroes or the Polecats came on!

Trust me, go play over at iTunes. Any fan of 80's music will know most of them.

Mike Golch said...

I guess I'm getting old to remember most of the songs,at least you did not add some of the stones music.(stems from hate the stones love the beatles thing from jr.high.{we did not haevmiddle school back than})

Suzanne said...

Eeeew, can't stand the Stones. Mick and I share a birthday, but I think that is all we have in common. Blech.

Mike Golch said...

you don't have to publish this one just a question,if you are screening what comments get poblised why punish people that transpose letters by haveing the do the code letters as well?? That's why I got ride of mine.I keep haveing trouble publishing my own respoces to the comments left on my site.After three tries I usually give up and don't leave a comment.

Suzanne said...

I'm still screening because of the jerk that left comments after I posted about JJ Smoothy. He's still checking in here and there.

Have you clicked on the handicapped symbol next to the letters? I think that's supposed to offer an alternative...

Mike Golch said...

Thanks Suzanne I'll try that,Mike
tried that and the voice scrambling is just too much for me to comprehend.So If I can't get it right with the typeing Oh well.(I transpose letters sometines.