Deejaying

Deejaying

Last night I spun records (yes, only vinyl) before, between, and after the bands performing at GlassLands, in Williamsburg.

This sort of arrangement is very different from being a feature deejay. Sets are short, the styles of the intervening bands are varied, and - although this is more my personal philosophy for such a situation than a requirement of it - the focus is more on pure music and less on deejay tricks of the trade. Also, inciting the crowd to dance is barely a consideration (though of course it's good to maintain a certain energy level), so I could indulge a degree of eclecticism that on a more practical gig would be counterproductive.

First, some novelties to get the evening started:
"Whole Lotta Love" - Temple City Kazoo Orchestra
"The Tra-La-La Song (One Banana, Two Banana)" - The Banana Splits
"I Like Bananas (Because They Have No Bones)" - The Soft Boys (covering a Hoosier Hot Shots song)

Having been told the second band was kind of post-punk/no wave, I moved into that area, sort of:
“Crack’s No Worse Than the Fascist Threat” – Carmaig de Forest
“Don’t Take No for an Answer” – Tom Robinson Band
“S.U.S.” – The Ruts
“It’s History” – Comsat Angels
“Various Times” – The Fall
“Hope Against Hope” – Band of Susans
“Bullets for You” – Blurt
“Hungry, So Angry” – Medium Medium

With the third band having played a mellow set, I started out quietly and gradually revved things up:
"Devil Got My Woman" - Skip James
"Hey Porter" - Johnny Cash
"Ain't That Lovin' You" - Bobby "Blue" Bland
"High Blood Pressure" - Huey "Piano" Smith & the Clowns
“Money Changes Everything” – Cyndi Lauper
“Down in the Tube Station at Midnight (live)” – The Jam
“Masquerade” – DT and the Shakes
“It’s Tomorrow” – Overwhelming Colorfast
“Crazy Rhythms” – The Feelies

Starting with a bit of fusion, then into a mix of psychedelia and garage rock:
"Bitches Brew (single edit)" - Miles Davis
"Emergency" - Tony Williams Lifetime
“Fire” – The Crazy World of Arthur Brown
“Pictures of Matchstick Men” – The Status Quo
“Psychotic Reaction” –Count Five
“Just Like Me” – Paul Revere and the Raiders
“Gimme Shelter” – Ruth Copeland
“Gilligan’s Island (Stairway)” – Little Roger & the Goosebumps (AKA “Stairway to Gilligan’s Island,” this puts the lyrics of the TV show to the music of “Stairway to Heaven”; when the single was released in 1979, Led Zeppelin sued to have it withdrawn, but somebody’s been bootlegging it and it’s possible to buy the 45 new online)

Closing out the evening with a bunch of soul and funk:
“Main Theme” from Black Belt Jones - Dennis Coffey & Luchi de Jesus
“Doriella du Fontaine – Instrumental” – Jimi Hendrix/Buddy Miles
“Tell the Truth” – The 5 Royales
“(I Wanna) Testify” (1967 7”) – The Parliaments
“Rescue Me” – Fontella Bass
“Surrender” – Diana Ross
“Expressway to Your Heart” – Soul Survivors
“Breakdown” – Rufus Thomas
“Breakdown” – Parliament
“I’ll Take You There” – The Staple Singers
"Love Overlap (Stuck in Love mix)" - Ambitious Lovers

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