I've actually been working on the "perfect party playlist" for a few years now, with different rates of success. I obviously have quite a different music taste from the people I usually hang out with.
Now, my latest task is to play an amateur, "gonzo" DJ at a party our class organizes. It's supposed to be a low budget, but very mainstream oriented event. So, what I want to do is play music most people will recognize, like, and dance to, while staying inside the area of undisputable quality. This, for me, means no commercial house, no other "worn out melodies with cheap beats underneath" bullshit and so on.
My general idea was to start from danceable classics of 50s rock'n'roll (Elvis Presley, Bill Haley And His Comets, Ike Turner maybe), then go for some Chuck Berry and The Beatles twist, throw in some Pulp Fiction style surf (Dick Dale and His Del-Tones)... You see where I am heading with this :)
So I need some help, as I only know the most obvious songs by all these artists, and as good as none by the following: Little Richard, Fats Domino, Carl Perkins, Eddie Cochran, Buddy Holly, Bo Diddley, James Brown... Any tips are appreciated!
Of course, I'd throw in some 70s and 80s music too (yeah, this is where the quality dispute begins :D): Boney M., Billy Idol, Baccara, ABBA, Cameo, Bee Gees, Donna Summer, Kool and the Gang, Grease soundtrack... Any tips on what I could use there? Again, I know the "usual suspects" and am looking for some fresh, maybe a bit unusual song ideas :) And what about the "dark side" of the 80s: Depeche Mode, Joy Division, Echo & the Bunnymen...
The third category is danceable, funky tracks in the style of Fatboy Slim, Jamiroquai, Touch and Go's über-hit Would You... ? Any songs of that kind I should be aware of? I will, of course, try to infiltrate some of the party-plausible indie rock tracks... Hope that succeeds. Ideas similar to the hits of M.I.A., Hot Chip, MGMT, LCD Soundsystem...?
Thank you for your help!
Just as to reach the masses here: Coldplay Muse Death Cab for Cutie AC/DC Radiohead