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Let's play a game [Aug. 7th, 2011|03:43 pm]
Lindsey Kuper

Taking a page almost verbatim from DJ Conform's book:

Let us suppose that you are going to attend a wedding reception.1 This wedding reception is small enough that you know a good portion of the people there, but big enough to have amenities like a DJ. The DJ is playing a mix of rock, pop, and electronic music. There will be dancing, but the party isn't consumed by the music.

What three songs are you secretly hoping to hear? Songs that would surprise you and make your head explode with delight. Holy-crap-that-DJ-was-awesome songs.


  1. My friend Michael -- who runs Portland Afoot, and who is an excellent writer and excellent all-around human being, and who will be at our wedding -- wrote a 10-section treatise on "wedding playlist songs for white people". I eagerly await the day that Michael decides to go into music journalism full-time, but -- this list? Really? Coming from someone who feels like I do about music -- which is to say, someone who's a miniaturist, someone who will email me at midnight on a Tuesday to say "I've decided I prefer your 'sorta black out' but John's 'last of a lost civilization'" -- coming from that person, this list reads like the David's Bridal of wedding playlists. I expect more, man. I can understand the "selecting a wedding playlist is not the time to be a hero" angle, but I disagree. If not then, then when can you be a hero? Okay, sure, "Raspberry Beret" and "And She Was", of course, and we need to have "Hey Ya!" because Alex is from Atlanta (more or less), and because one of our cats is named after a member of Outkast (even if that wasn't our idea), and because it actually is a really good song. But "Brown-Eyed Girl" is Not Allowed, and if "Breakfast at Tiffany's" comes on at my wedding, I am leaving.
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[User Picture]From: _tove
2011-08-07 11:35 pm (UTC)
This is probably not wedding-appropriate inasmuch as it is not exactly dancey, but my mushy-as-hell love song du jour (well du hier, really, since I totally couldn't stop listening to it yesterday) is Kate Nash's Birds.

As for more dancey, I would probably expect one of Freezepop's cutsier songs, like "Duct Tape My Heart" or "Plastic Stars."

As for totally cheesy, over the top, and highly dependent on your tastes, I think it would be hilarious if a wedding DJ played something from Labyrinth. Highly inappropriate, given the skeevy plot, but, you know, there's only so many times one is really dressed up to properly rock out to As the World Falls Down.
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[User Picture]From: _tove
2011-08-07 11:39 pm (UTC)
Oh oh and something from 69 Love Songs, of course. Plenty of variety to choose from. :)
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[User Picture]From: leadsynth
2011-08-08 07:17 pm (UTC)
"Book of Love" would be fitting but it's so not dancey. Can the DJ drop some phat beats under a Magnetic Fields ballad? This is the true test of a DJ.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2011-08-08 10:24 pm (UTC)
"I like your twisted point of view, Mike / I like your questioning eyebr--oontz oontz oontz oontz"
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[User Picture]From: keystricken
2011-08-09 03:05 am (UTC)
YES. A thousand times yes.
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[User Picture]From: poodleface
2011-08-18 11:06 pm (UTC)
Challenge accepted.
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[User Picture]From: _tove
2011-08-07 11:43 pm (UTC)
I just want to say that I made that comment before seeing "Magic Dance" on Michael's list.
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[User Picture]From: oniugnip
2011-08-08 01:21 am (UTC)
Freezepop yes!! Good call!

I have kind of mixed feelings about The Magnetic Fields, like maybe I haven't developed the right range of emotions to really appreciate them...
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[User Picture]From: zacharyzsparks
2011-08-08 02:09 am (UTC)
or maybe the right range of not caring about how awful someone's voice is
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[User Picture]From: oniugnip
2011-08-08 02:19 am (UTC)
I actually like his voice, for what it's worth!

And a lot of the songs are super clever; I guess I just like music that's more like "angry" than "wistful". But, eg, "Technical (You're So)", is so great that I'd be willing to cover it with cola_fan ...

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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2011-08-08 04:07 am (UTC)
I think that as far as the Bowie goes, "Moonage Daydream" is a little more my aesthetic.
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[User Picture]From: poodleface
2011-08-18 11:05 pm (UTC)
Every time you came over for Rock Band you would sing that song, so I already had it on the list. :-D
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[User Picture]From: keystricken
2011-08-08 03:04 am (UTC)
I'm not very hip, so all of my musical tastes are probably lame by now. Disregard at will:

"Another First Kiss", by TMBG
"Love You Madly", by Cake
"Falling Through Your Clothes," by The New Pornographers
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2011-08-08 03:59 am (UTC)
You are arguably the first commenter to actually adhere to the three-song rule, so you're forgiven for any unhipness real or imagined.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2011-08-09 06:22 am (UTC)
I am leery about blowing the auto-tune budget all in one place.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2011-08-09 03:29 pm (UTC)
i've always thought of it as a digital music toy not unlike a vocoder or harmonix or loop pedal, rather than a pop ploy to cover up mistakes.

Oh, I agree completely! All the same, there's a budget for all those things. Although sometimes it's okay to go into debt.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2011-08-09 11:06 pm (UTC)
For what it's worth, I wasn't unilaterally vetoing anything; I just couldn't pass up an opportunity to use the phrase "blowing the auto-tune budget".
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[User Picture]From: aleffert
2011-08-09 09:37 pm (UTC)

I feel like if I were going with a Blow song, and I totally would, I'd pick Parentheses.

After that umm,
We're Going to be Friends by The White Stripes
Dance Me to the End of Love by Leonard Cohen

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[User Picture]From: leadsynth
2011-08-08 07:06 pm (UTC)
Robyn "Hang With Me"
Stars "Wasted Daylight"
Pet Shop Boys "Love Etc."

Bonus choice for sticking to the 3-song format: The song otherwise known as "Forget You" by Cee Lo Green.

If "Brown Eyed Girl" comes on I'm going to ruin the wedding
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2011-08-09 06:23 am (UTC)
If "Brown Eyed Girl" comes on I'm going to ruin the wedding

Sounds good!
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[User Picture]From: poodleface
2011-08-18 11:05 pm (UTC)
No "Brown Eyed Girl"... and no "Electric Slide" At the last wedding I DJ'd, the bride accosted me physically until I played that song, which made me die a little inside.
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[User Picture]From: leadsynth
2011-08-08 07:15 pm (UTC)
Also, I would be 100% happy if all they played was 4 hours of Motown and some Michael Jackson
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2011-08-08 10:22 pm (UTC)
Considering that our DJ is Rob poodleface, this isn't out of the question. And I would also be pretty happy.
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[User Picture]From: leadsynth
2011-08-08 07:20 pm (UTC)
Also, I know it's a nerdwedding, but no Jonathan Coulton, okay?
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[User Picture]From: oniugnip
2011-08-09 05:38 am (UTC)

OK

To the max.
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[User Picture]From: poodleface
2011-08-18 11:01 pm (UTC)
<3
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[User Picture]From: grendel317
2011-08-08 10:47 pm (UTC)
I believe as a dj I am legally obligated to respond to this post.

Robyn - Stars 4-Ever (So dancy and sweet and sappy, I love it.)
Flogging Molly - Devil's Dance Floor (Not exactly a wedding song, but it's raucous awesome good times.)
Roisin Murphy - Ramalama (Insanely catchy and about the burning desire to make things.)

SO HARD TO JUST DO 3. But I will resist mightily the urge to add another song every five minutes for the next week as they occur to me. Even though I want to add a Lovage song SO BAD.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2011-08-09 06:48 am (UTC)
SO HARD TO JUST DO 3.

I know, I know! For some, self-restraint is the hardest part of this game.
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[User Picture]From: tim.dreamwidth.org
2011-08-08 11:09 pm (UTC)
It's your wedding, but is the sentiment behind the lyrics of "Hey Ya!" really fitting to a celebration of long-term commitment? (Not that it's not a great song!)

Also, can I be surprised by hearing a song if it was one I suggested? I'll quit being an asshole now and actually think of some stuff:

New Order, "Temptation" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EfRYGVWZilU)

Magnetic Fields, "Sweet-Lovin' Man" (I know other people suggested Magnetic Fields already, I don't care.)

The Coup, "ijustwannalayaroundalldayinbedwithyou" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BeHymbdbjNE)
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[User Picture]From: poodleface
2011-08-18 11:03 pm (UTC)
"Bad Romance" is similarly compromised as far as lyrical content, but that had the biggest POP from the crowd at the first wedding I DJ'd. Also, the parents had gone home.
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[User Picture]From: conform
2011-08-09 03:05 am (UTC)
Weddings are fraught with specific traditions, rooted in practices I love -- music, photography, etc -- whose specific practices I find to be borderline abhorrent and entirely missing the point ("Okay, now one with all the male cousins from both families!"). I'm not sure my breed of music appreciation lends itself to wedding recommendations.

That said, my effort to keep your uncle dancing even though he doesn't know the songs goes like:

1. Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, "Scattered Pearls"
2. Hot Chip, "And I Was a Boy From School"
3. Stereo Total, "Holiday Innn"

And if those three are too obscure, here's three more:

1. New Order, "Everything's Gone Green"
2. The Slits, "I Heard It Through The Grapevine"
3. They Might Be Giants, "Istanbul (Was Constantinople)"
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[User Picture]From: conform
2011-08-09 04:28 am (UTC)
Damnit. The New Order song mentioned was intended to be "Temptation".
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2011-08-09 05:15 am (UTC)
We don't have a wedding photographer, so the burden of providing evidence that we had a wedding will lie squarely with the guests. I think they're up to the task, though.
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From: (Anonymous)
2011-08-13 04:18 am (UTC)
What's with all the "Brown-eyed girl hate"?
Nick and I will dance to almost any Michael Jackson song, especially "Billy Jean" and "Thriller", and "Cash's Ring of Fire". I also think that "Science genuis girl", "White and Nerdy", and "Mr. Roboto" may be appropriate. But I'll probably dance to almost any electronic music.

Emily
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[User Picture]From: poodleface
2011-08-18 11:07 pm (UTC)
I now absorb this list and attempt to incorporate its collective uniqueness into my own musical consciousness. Fire me an email if a middle of night inspiration materializes, as long as it isn't the night before the wedding:

japanfour@gmail.com
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2011-08-19 01:08 am (UTC)
<3
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[User Picture]From: jonatthebar
2011-09-01 01:59 am (UTC)
After the fact, I would like to note:

1) I appreciate the kind words with which Lindsey surrounded the above provocation

2) I plead guilty to a passion for universally shared experience

3) Mr. Poodleface played exactly one song on my list: "Don't Stop Believing"
1a) And it went over like a lead balloon, including with me. Seriously, there was zero dance.
1b) In Lindsey's defense, I think she had already left the room

4) I'd love to see his final playlist, if it exists

5) I suspect, without reviewing this playlist, that every category I identified was represented ... except for the closer, which was replaced in this case by the final crowd-pleaser (foreshadowed above by Mr. Poodleface's Gaga comment)

6) We are definitely playing Breakfast at Tiffany's at my eventual wedding
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