Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Gimme Gimme Gimme Some Russian Roulette

Photo nicked from here

Even though Tim's off getting set to wed, he's made sure that we've been taken care of this week. You see, he's prepared the next two Contrast Podcasts in advance so we would not go without. Hooray for Tim! Hooray for forward planning! Hooray for automation.

And this week, hooray for Crash, who enjoys pretending life is like a song! For this week's episode is his idea: DJ Russian Roulette. The idea is this: you're a DJ, there's a loaded gun pointing at your head, and it will go off unless the next song you play gets everybody up dancing. Gulp...

So, come hear what this week's contributors have chosen to save their sallow, computer-screen-irradiated skins. As usual, you can download the carnage here or else subscribe using this RSS feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/ContrastPodcast

(00:00) Talking Heads - And she was
Crash from Pretending life is like a song

(04:53) Julian Cope - World shut your mouth
Chris from Phosphorous.net

(08:52) Party Ben - Chic franzie boys
FiL from Pogoagogo

(15:32) The Meters - Just kissed my baby
Ally from dustysevens

(20:01) Mode Selektor - Weed wid da macka
Mark from Cinema du Lyon

(24:39) They Might be Giants - Istanbul
Rick from Are you embarrassed easily?

(28:01) Jean Knight - Mr big stuff
Tim from The face of today

(30:45) Daft Punk - Digital love
Alex from Totally true tales from Texas

(36:09) The Rakes - We danced together
Andy from Circles of concrete

(40:06) The Faint - Take me to the hospital
James from Jamesisadork

(44:33) The B52’s - Rock Lobster
Natalie from Mini-obs

(51:33) The Happy Mondays - 24 hour party people
Ross from Just gimme indie rock

(56:23) Ben Westbeech - Hang around
ZB from So the wind won’t blow it all away

Having done some DJing in past lives, let me tell ya it's hard to get everyone up on the floor. Either the indie kids are pouting or else the fiftysomething dweeb is asking for Neil Diamond or frat boys are demanding Blink 182 or the skinheads are screaming at you for more ska (the last of these scenarios did actually happen to me once, and it wasn't pretty). So apart from my contribution, chosen with tongue half-planted in cheek, here's what else I was considering:

Pixies - Debaser (buy here or e-here)
Simply coz it gets me dancing like un chien andalusia every singly flaming time.

The Donnas - Dancing With Myself (buy here)
The Billy Idol original is a credible floor filler, and it was also the first 7-inch single I ever bought. However, methinks I prefer The Donnas' tight, punchy cover - it rocks!!

Verka Serduchka - Dancing Lasha Tumbai (buy here)
Guilty secret: Eurovision puts the boogie in my butt. And though I posted this back in May, here it is again - a best-of-breed slice of Eurotrashcheese from the lovely Verka that should have won this year.

Lords of the New Church - Like a Virgin (buy here)
This CD arrived in the post only yesterday, otherwise this would have been my submission. Madonna covered by punk-goth-glam supagroup Lords of the New Church, bound to please all the punters. And to round it all off, I was delighted to rediscover the following, entirely a propos, track nestling on the same disc:

Lords of the New Church - Russian Roulette (buy here)

Next week we'll get to hear songs picked by our significant others. Not quite sure what to expect there...