I will be honest. We are going to have to get our own soundsystem next time we do this. Great turn out, capacity event, hot people, lots of hip shaking and drunken unruliness, but some problems with sound. With a few more people in the room it was hard to get it loud it enough with out the speakers cutting out.
Even so, it was still an amazing night of Rock N Roll and Soul from the 50s and 60s, and we are going to work hard to make sure the next one is even more swinging.
The hipsters can have hip hop, I am taking Rock N Roll. It seems like everybody is trying to do hip hop parties in Sydney. The game is over saturated. So while I play rap for people that book me, I am trying to do something different with my nights.
This Friday we have a Rock N Roll and Soul night happening at Hollywood Hotel called Mashed Potato. Watch out Dusty Fingers and Loose Joints. We about to take over. Getting that Rockabilly money.
Shazaming tracks at Jingle Jangles is starting to pay off. Tonight we just played jams from the 50s and 60s. Oh and MK1 came in for a mix, and DJ Dam was on general mixing duties.
The Temptations – Ain’t Too Proud to Beg
James Brown & The Famous Flames – Good Good Lovin’
Gene Vincent & The Blue Caps – B-I-Bickey-Bi, Bo-Bo-Go
Little Richard – Long Tall Sally
Etta James – Something’s Got A Hold On Me
Elvis Presley – Crawfish
Amy Winehouse – Tears Dry
Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
Mamie Galore – It Ain’t Necessary
Bobby Valentin – Amor a Medio Tiempo
La Lupe – Fever
Harry Belafonte – Jump In The Line(Shake Senora)
The Champs – Tequila
James Ray – I’ve Got My Mind Set On You
Vernon Green & The Medallions – Don’t Shoot Baby’
Dion & The Belmonts – Runaround Sue
Barrett Strong – Money (That’s What I Want)
Los Apson – Satisfacción (Satisfaction Cover)
The Beattle-ettes – Only Seventeen
Jacqueline Taieb – 7 Heures Du Matin
Big Mama Thornton – Hound Dog
Etta James – That’s All
LaVern Baker – How Can You Leave a Man Like This?
Otis Redding – Shake
Aretha Franklin – I Say a Little Prayer
Amy Winehouse – Like Smoke (Ft. Nas)
Jay Z feat. The Dap Kings – 99 Problems (Prince of Ballard Remix)
Red Cafe – Fly Together (feat. Rick Ross & Ryan Leslie)
J Cole – Work Out
Kataylst – The Popcorns ft Jane Doe
Zulu Nation – Intro (MK1 Edit)
Afrika Bambaataa – Planet Rock
Busta Rhymes – Dance To the Drummers (MK1 Edit)
The Roots – Here I Come
Eric B Rakim – Juice (Know The Ledge)
Soul II Soul – Back To Life
Fat Joe – Ha Ha
Lexicon – It’s The L
Notorious B.I.G. – Hypnotise
Biz Marke – Make The Music With Your Mouth
Jackson 5 – I Want You Back
Jackson 5 – It’s Great To Be Here (Remix)
Afrika Bambaataa – True School Park Session
Tom Scott – Today (MK1 Edit)
Rare Earth – Celebrate
Ghostface Killah – Celebrate
Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out
Beastie Boys – Triple Trouble
MK1 – Japanese Happy Nation (Remix)
Claudia – Deixa Eu Dizer
Sky’high – Don Dada
Listen: Mamie Galore – It Ain’t Necessary | Buy Me
I didn’t think they made dirty songs like these in the 1950s. I thought married couples slept in seperate beds and you would get stoned in the town square talking like this.
I am there trying to work out if the ‘Drill Daddy Drill’ song is just innocent, until I hear the line “set up your drill in the middle of my field” and “If the well runs dry we will use another hole”. It reminds me so much of Lil Wayne’s “Miss Officer” and R. Kelly “The Zoo”. Take a bad metaphor and just keep those shamelessly terrible puns coming.
I am going to be playing a set of more XXX 50s Rock jams at our Rock N Roll and Soul party, Mashed Potato, this Friday at Hollywood Hotel. Here are some awkward photos of people dancing by Dear Pluto’s Emma Daniels.
Listen: Dorothy Ellis – Drill Daddy Drill | Buy Me
Listen: The Toppers – Let Me Bang Your Box | Buy Me
Listen: The Swallows – It’ Ain’t The Meat | Buy Me
Listen: Connie Allen & Todd Rhodes & Orchestra – Rocket 69 | Buy Me
Hollywood Hotel was actually a perfect venue for this. Though it has a rather awkward dance floor, the place was filled with folks dancing around the small pub in Surry Hills.
Owned by former TV and Movie star of the 1950s, Doris Goddard, Hollywood Hotel seemed an appropriate setting for our Rock N Roll and Soul night. At the last one, Ms Goddard sat at the end of the bar for the early part of the night. Her only complaint, that we were a little loud. High praises from a woman who has been known to pull the power on DJs she disapproves of.
So we are doing another one of these before Sonny and Emma leave to Europe. Expect good music, lots of dancing, attractive hipster girls in rockabilly attire, and I promise Sonny won’t be doing any inappropriate scratching.
Listen: Dion & The Belmonts – Runaround Sue | Buy Me
I never get booked to play this old rock n roll and soul. I have a heap of it, but the only way you get to play it out is putting on your own parties. So I am doing just that. Teaming up with Dear Pluto and Sonny Syah, this is bound to have you shaking a tail feather into the wee hours of the morning. You know it is going to be a party.