Thursday, 19th May '05
At the Copa, Copacabaaaaaannnnaaaaaa!
Alright alright. Zouk on Mambo night not quite the Copacabana by any stretch of imagination (mine, yours or Barry Manilow's), but since they DID play that song, oh well.
By the way, this entry is all in response to last night's mambo where Limin and Kai dragged me down in an attempt to make me sleepy enough to buang my whole Thursday stoning, Jem was a little bit crazy, Jer was the reluctant chaperone, and Gabe (J&J's friend) seemed to know more dances that our resident Mambo King Jerald. And really, I was there to see Jer and Qiong at it - *chuckle* Qiong, still got it in you, eh, since 1999 and that disco boat. I'm still amazed we didn't capsize it.
But really, for the sake of my own sanity and peace of mind (why the HECK do I know this many songs at Mambo? I'm not a schizo with a hidden ah lian streak, am I? *shock and horror*) , what little is left of my reputation as a respectable Broadway musical and classic rock girl (I can't NOT sing when I hear a song I know, which makes me look like a complete geek who mugs these things - though the fact that nutcase Jem yells "En Ying you are damn cool" at random intervals helps some, haha. Yes, Jem, you are damn cool too: when sober.)and simply because a blog entry is due, I'll TELL YOU EXACTLY WHAT I HAVE ON MY PLAYLIST AND WHY I HAVE IT. Relevant music only, of course. You'll be glad to know behind that I have a much less out-of-character collection of music by the likes of Billy Gilman, John Mayer (like, duh), Jack Johnson, Death Cab, Green Day, Jamie Cullum, REM, and The Dandy Warhols.
This is going to be embarrassing, but as you see, I'm short of blog-matter. All these songs I judge can be played at Mambo without alienating anyone (my reasonable men pegged at the level of the ordinary man on the Clapham Zouk Podium):
1. Ah-ha, "Take On Me"
-- I love this song, haha. Quite delightfully moronic, and the guy really has a fantastic upper register. Acquired this song after reading something about the band in "The Teenage Textbook", and was just curious.
2. AC/DC, Bon Jovi, Guns n' Roses, Def Leppard mix
-- Whole collection of classic riffs and choruses from the best classic rock bands in the world, very tactfully mashed up with steady bass. Came across it when I was searching for the Oasis / Green Day / Aerosmith mash-up of Boulevard of Broken Songs. It was too good to let go. You, shook me all night long!
3. Ace of Base, "All That She Wants"
-- Part of the stuff acquired when I was trying to relive me childhood somewhere in 2004. I thought of every band I could remember hearing when I was less then 12, searched the name, and acquired every song with a recognisable title.
4. Ace of Base, "I Saw the Sign"
-- Hui Sin says this is the stupidest song in the world, and gave me a rather impressive eye-roll when I said I had it. Haha. Really, it's surface lyrics are abysmal, but if you think about it, the sign isn't literal, is it? It's like realising that a guy just isn't that into you - that's exactly what the protagonist was trying to say.
5. Al Corley, "Square Rooms"
-- Perhaps the most embarrassing of this whole list. This one got into my playlist on a lark - after all, you can't go through university life pretending like the whole world doesn't already know this song. Best to keep abreast of current affairs, as it wear. Turned out that moronic lyrics aside ("Ooohhhhh, square rooms, they don't listen, they don't care, that a man is in despair." *shakes head*) it's annoyingly catchy. My shifu Ah Beng (let's just call him Ah Beng for convenience) does it pretty well.
6. Backstreet Boys, "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)"
-- THE signature song from THE signature band of my generation. Haunted house with amazing dancing monsters. Nick as a hilarious mummy. What's not to love? Fact is, I have every BSB song ever recorded memorised since sec school.
7. Backstreet Boys, "Larger Than Life"
-- I don't like this one THAT much, even if it was written for the fans, but ditto the line about memorised lyrics.
8. Barry Manilow, "Copacabana"
-- I know this song is a joke even among Manilow fans, but Gold 90.5 FM plays it ENDLESSLY. And's that how I know it.
9. Belinda Carlisle, "Heaven Is a Place on Earth"
-- This was another one of those self-education trips. Some book or magazine mentions Belinda Carlisle, and I go find her signature song. Sort of the same way I learn about Ah-ha.
10. Billy Idol, "Mony Mony"
-- I was browsing CDs in Borders and came across a Billy Idol Greatest Hits. Cover looked interesting, and I committed to memory whatever I could of the track list. Good choice. I love Billy Idol music now. When he appeared in the Wedding Singer I could have died laughing.
11. Billy Idol, "You Spin Me Right Round"
-- This one was a little mix of the above method of discovery, coupled with the fact that I heared the opening "watch out here I come" line on a commercial and wanted to know where it came from. Went searching until I found it.
12. Billy Joel, "Uptown Girl"
-- I don't need to justify this song! I'm a proud Billy Joel fan and he's generally speaking, a real musician (as opposed to some of the junk you will soon see coming *kofflippskoffkylieminoguekofflabouchekoff*).
13. Blondie, "Call Me"
-- I don't actually like this song very much. And when Carmen Rasmussen mutilated it on American Idol, it aroused some interest as to whether the original was honestly that horrible or it was just her. To Carmen's credit, the original is quite horrible, which is sad, coz the next Blondie song on this list is FANTASTIC.
14. Blondie, "Maria"
-- This song is cleanly timed, unusually vocalised, has an amazing drum thing going on that inspired me to want to learn drums in the first place. There was a time in 1999 where I just looped this song over and over, it's that good.
15. Bon Jovi, "It's My Life"
-- You can't have a rock playlist without Bon Jovi and as long as Qiong and Vic remain awesome friends and I have a memory of our Sec 4 MTV (friggin' fun, that one), I will love this song and it will give me warm fuzzies. Love the references to "Living on a Prayer", speaking of which...
16. Bon Jovi, "Living on a Prayer"
-- Amazingly uplifting piece of work. I can't see how some people say that Bon Jovi's rock was the work of the devil with pieces like this.
17. Chubby Checker, "Let's Twist Again"
-- First downloaded this when I was converting Dad's old cassettes into CD form. Ended up learning every last lyric and being able to scream the "Is it a bird, NOOOO! Is it a plane, NOOOOOOOO! Is it the twister? YYYYYEEEAAAAAHHHH!!" shamelessly in the car with Dad. This song is a family fav, Mum sings it with me all the time.
18. Culture Beat, "Mr Vain"
-- I don't like this song either. It's truly a stupid song, but my aunt had in her CD player, and it was amongst the songs that Mich and I listened to on a regular basis.
19. Culture Club, "Karma Chameleon"
-- I don't care what you say, I like this song. First hear strains of this being sung in one of the Necessary Stage's plays in 2000. The 3 lead guys sang this song completely off-key and it was so endearing, I had to find the original. And honestly, you couldn't have lived in the 80s without being at least a LITTLE curious about Boy George - even Dad knows him.
20. Cyndi Lauper, "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun"
-- Wah liao. This is a nice song musically, but the orignal has excruciating vocals. I much prefer when John Mayer did a cover in one of his live concerts. Yeah, that's his silly streak at work.
21. Deniece Williams, "Let's Hear It for the Boy"
-- Was this from Footloose? I don't know why I have this song.
22. DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, "Boom! Shake the Room"
-- Gee, it was a long time ago that Will Smith was known as the Fresh Prince, but his 80s work (such as this) was so much cooler than now. I LOVE this song. So much spirit of youth and fun. And cheese-magnet that I am, I love the reponse bits. I think I amused the twins with the "Ooh ah ah ah ah ah oooohh" bit. Haha. I'll never forget where I first heard this song - in the first Batman movie... Micheal Keaton I think. The Joker played it when he tore up the museum. Very cool.
23. Earth Wind and Fire, "Let's Groove Tonight"
-- Classic disco song, this, remade to death my various American Idol contestants every disco night. Last mangled beyond recognition by Sylvester Sim Xiang Long. I actually think the ah bengs in general won't like this... it's a bit high-class disco - more in the Saturday Night Fever vein. But what the heck. I like it.
24. Earth Wind and Fire, "September"
-- Another one of those classics that became an over-sung Idol song, most recently given quite a nice spin by Taufik. Again, probably not mainstream Ah Beng fare, but will do for my purposes.
25. Fun Factory, "I Wanna Be With You"
-- I was inspired to look for this after the night of watching TC's play with the Usual Suspects. Ave and Siti are amazing singers - they make any silly song by any silly group so much fun and I use this song to remember that bit of time spent with them.
26. G Love & Special Sauce, "Cold Beverage"
-- Ok. NO ah beng has heard of this one, I SWEAR. But when I'm a DJ I will play this. I like cold beverage, heya! Evidently I've stopped listing songs I actually heard at Zouk, but have started compiling my own repetoire.
27. Human League, "Together in Electric Dreams"
-- I'm probably the only idiot in the world that thinks that if you go beyond the silly electronic music sounds, the lyrics to this song are pretty simple, sweet and honest. Which is really, what the hallmark of the 80s seemed to me to be. Which also explains the strange way En Ying turns Mambo Night into Karaoke Night - my first level of music appreciation is that it's always ALWAYS about the lyrics. If I don't like the lyrics I almost certainly won't like the song.
28. Inner Circle, "Sweat (A La La La La Long)"
-- Would you believe the person who taught me this song was Dad? Imagine us sitting in the car singing this. Heh. Sometimes I think I should bring my parents to Mambo. Obscene as the lyrics are (ok, if you were THAT innocent, sorreh), I like this song.
29. Jamiroquai, "Canned Heat"
-- Also not very ah beng, but I like. THE big song from Centrestage (excellent dance movie, just ask Gnet). Another song just to make this my dream playlist. I can't NOT be able to sing this one - we do corner to corner every week at tech class to this.
30. Jerry Lee Lewis, "Great Balls of Fire"
-- Was actually very surprised when I heard this playing at Zouk. Opens the door to the possibility of a lot of other strange oldies like Chuck Berry's "Splish Splash I Was Taking a Bath".
31. Katrina & the Waves, "I'm Walking on Sunshine"
-- The M1 song. 'Nuff said.
32. Kylie Minogue, "I Should Be So Lucky"
-- This is the only Minogue song you will hear in Club En Ying, breast cancer or not. I detest all her other songs - cheap things sold by her cheap antics. (Sorry Babs.)
33. La Bouche, "Rhythm is a Dancer"
-- I don't actually like this song, and it gives me a headache. But again, it's a classic, and thus formed part of my self-education in music phase (the phase where I actively went out to listen to everything I heard mentioned or discussed in serious music conversation, but never understood).
34. La Bouche, "Sweet Dreams"
-- My Mum actually bought me a CD with this song on it when I was 12.
35. La Bouche, "Where Do You Go"
-- Another classic techno disco thing. Therefore also gives me a bit of a headache, but other than that it's bearable.
36. Lipps, "Funky Town"
-- Also part of the self-education in music. Think I might have heard of Funky Town in some documentary on the disco era or something, and decided to find out more. Decided for myself that it's a cringe-worthy, hair-raising piece of work. Bleugh. Somehow wound up singing it at Zouk anyway.
37. New Kids on the Block, "The Right Stuff"
-- If you're my age and you haven't heard this song, slap yourself. Oh oh oh-oh-oh, oh oh ohhh!
38. Paula Abdul, "Straight Up"
-- More self-education. Not a song I care for either.
39. Queen, "Another One Bites the Dust"
-- Not enough people know this song. Disappointing. It's Queen leh!
40. Queen, "We Will Rock You"
-- Really, this song doesn't need introduction.
41. Ray Parker Jr, "The Real Ghostbusters"
-- Another song where lyrics are essential to the story of the song. Loved the cartoon, loved the movies, and this reminds me of the Drama Fest play of Scared. There's something strange in the neighbourhood... who you gonna call?
42. Rick Astley, "Never Gonna Give You Up"
-- Dad told me Rick Astley was an MTV pioneer... if I'm not wrong, this song made for quite a music video.
43. Rick Astley, "Together Forever"
-- Mambo dance for this one very cute. Haha.
44. Snap, "I've Got the Power"
-- Who could forget that scene in Bruce Almightly where Jim Carrey zaps the fire hydrant and turns around and screams the opening lines to this song? Lovely. But this song also gives me a headache, so can't listen for long.
45. The Beatles, "Hippy Hippy Shake"
-- Mum and I do this one all the time. Almost invariably belting this at the top of our lungs in the car, to Dad's endless amusement. Not very ah beng, but heck.
46. The Offspring, "Keep 'em Seperated"
-- My Ah Beng is damn cool with this one, man. *grins stupidly* Forgive me if I stare. He can rap the lyrics too, by the way.
47. The Offspring, "Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)"
-- All Qionghui, this song. And trust me, appreciation of the lyrcis for this song is IMPERATIVE. They're hilarious.
48. Vanilla Ice, "Ice Ice Baby"
-- One hit wonder-boy. I learnt this song after Eminem constantly dissed Vanilla Ice in his songs. This song is strange - I love it, but every fibre of my being tells me it's a disgusting musical faliure.
49. Village People, "Macho Man"
-- HAHAHAHAA. I got this song after watching Errol and Haikel and Kumar and Randall and Micheas doing Sean's absurd "Oh Man!" intro dance. There's a sight to tell one's grandchildren about.
50. Village People, "YMCA"
-- I'm actually going to stay there!
51. Wham, "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go"
-- Dad insists this song was inspired when George Micheal (or someone else in the group) left a note to another band member to wake him from his nap before he left the house. YEAH RIGHT.
52. Wild Cherry, "Play that Funky Music"
-- ONE OF MY FAVOURITE SONGS IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD. Thanks for Kurt Browning (Canadian Figure Skater) who did an impressive routine in his tight leather pants and imprinted this song in my mind forever and ever more, Amen.
53. Aerosmith, "Walk This Way"
-- Qiong gave me this song. Along with the whole Greatest Hits collection. Excellent stuff.
54. Guns N' Roses, "Sweet Child of Mine"
-- Hello, Axl!
55. Jet, "Are You Gonna be my Girl"
-- IPOD made this one famous in an instant. Again, not ah beng, but just let me at the record table.
56. The Bee Gees, "Staying Alive"
-- I'll just let this song represent everything from the John Travolta disco movie era. This inclues "More than a Woman", "Night Fever", "Greased Lightning", "Summer Nights" and everthing else. I'm too lazy, and I want to go watch the O.C. now, so I'm stopping here.
Anyone want a private party and need a DJ? Call me. I can't spin, but I'll make sure the DJ doesn't have as crappy a playlist as that bugger did last night. He played latin jazz type music... I was actually wishing for Zhihon to be around so that SOMEONE at least would have something to dance to.
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where can i find the songs man...do u have all of them?