Friday Playlist: Party Songs
Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Playlist where members of the Times-Tribune staff submit their music picks based on a theme. With Mardi Gras earlier this week and Parade Day (arguably the biggest party of the year in these parts) this Saturday, our theme this week is Party Songs. Enjoy:
Joe King Carrasco - Party Weekend Ed Pikulski Is it New Wave? Is it Pop? Who knows, it’s just silly and fun! Bonus: It’s from a time when bands spend a hundred bucks making a video. Happy Mondays - 24 Hour Party People Ted Baird This isn’t my favorite Happy Mondays song, but it sure fits the theme. Jonathan Richman - Parties in the USA Ted Baird I’ve been on a big Jonathan Richman kick lately... This song is just great.. I’ve always been trying to find those parties too. The Isley Brothers - Shout Pat McKenna To-ga! To-ga! To-ga! Tom Tom Club - Genius of Love” Joe Healey What you gonna do when you get out of jail? I’m gonna have some fun. Phreek - Weekend Joe Healey Tonight is partytime, it’s partytime tonight. Nuff said. J. Geils Band - Struttin’ with My Baby John Cole No party is complete with the J. Geils Band -- off their 1973 release, Bloodshot. Isaac Hayes - Don’t Let Go John Cole Infectious, disco-style update on a rhythm & blues classic by Jesse Stone. The Five Du-Tones - Shake a Tail Feather John Cole A 1963 classic soul dancer, recorded live in what sounds like someone’s basement. If this doesn’t put a smile on your face, then nothing will. Lady Gaga - Just Dance Gia Mazur Eleven years later and I’m still waiting to go to a party like this. Lady Gaga’s first single is a perfect pop song about forgetting it all and letting go. The lore is then Stefani Germanotta (who would later become Golden Globe, BAFTA, Grammy and Oscar winner Lady Gaga) wrote this song hungover and in 10 minutes. How perfect? The pulsating beat and electronic elements sounded like a dance remix but perfectly fit in on the radio. Today, you can hear these influenced in every single Top 10 song. In 2008, no one was doing this but her. I hold true she changed pop music into this era with this. This is what started it all. The Grateful Dead - Let the Good Times Roll Chad Sebring Such a sweet groove. If this doesn’t get you on your feet, check your pulse. Beatles - Birthday Jim Haggerty The ultimate party song. Grateful Dead - Around and Around Jim Haggerty This Chuck Berry rave-up is a top flight party tune, covered by the Rolling Stones and many others. Pete Townsened teams with the Dead on this killer version from 1981. Sam Cooke - Having a Party Jim Lockwood As if the incomparable Sam Cooke isn’t enough, he had the incomparable Lou Rawls on backup vocals; the Internet says this song was the A side of the record cut in 1962, and the B side was the equally great “Bring it on Home to Me,” also with Lou Rawls on backups (or maybe more of a duet). Here that one here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dl5usKhGz60 101ers - Gloria Brian Fulton Gloria by Van Morrison is great party song in its own right but when I heard the 101ers version I found it to be wild party party song that gets you to throw your hands in the air and swing them wildly. Enrique Iglesias featuring Pitbull - I Like It Patrice Wilding I am an unbashed “Jersey Shore” fan, so this song is in my sweet spot, but it’s also just a jam. Ookay - Thief Jon O’Connell I have dance parties on the weekends with my 3-year-old. He loves this one — and glow sticks, lots of glow sticks.