Sunday Night Dance Party.

Ok, this song wasn’t huge on Top 40 radio in 1988 but I think it’s still pretty recognizable. While working I used to bop around in the ARC van with my friend Dawn to this track.

Here’s The Cover Girls with “Because of You (the 12″ remix)” from 1988. Look ma, no auto tune!

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Mid Week Dance.

Dance with me on this hump day!

From 1987 when she teamed up with Stock, Aiken and Waterman (Rick Astley, Kylie Minogue) here’s “Shattered Glass” by Laura Branigan.

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Dancing Queen!

Matt Pop is a remix GOD.

Here’s “Dancing Queen” by Abba, as remixed by Matt Pop with the Matt Pop’s Getting In The Swing Mix.

Oh. My. God.

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Monday Earbug.

Yep, I was just totally singing this in full voice in the kitchen. And don’t tell anyone, but I was singing it in the Jeep on the way home from work tonight.

Gary Puckett has an awesome voice.

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Creative.

The other night I told Earl that I didn’t want my DJ gear anymore. At the time I thought I spoke the truth but I have since realized that I was completely wrong. Wrong wrong wrong. I used to be good at DJing and mixing. Back in the day I had mixes and edits that were played across the country, and those were made with vinyl records, four track tape and a bunch of splicing equipment.

I have to find that groove again. I have little interest in what passes for popular music today but I think I could do some pretty nifty things with some well-known tracks. I have some ideas. My creative streak wants to be addressed. I need to get these ideas out of my head and into something that others can enjoy.

It’s not time to get rid of my DJ equipment. It’s time to fire it back up.

Let’s Dance.

Someone made a “Pride Remix” of “Dance Your Pain Away” by Agnetha Fältskog. I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again: The album “A” is outstanding.

Enjoy!

A.

So yesterday I posted a link to a review of the latest album by Agnetha Faltskög, the first “A” in ABBA. I listened to the album several times while in my home office yesterday and I absolutely adore it. Comprised of all original material, Agnetha’s voice sounds almost identical to what ABBA fans are familiar with and the quality of the tracks is excellent. It’s a pop album for grown ups and quite frankly, it’s a nice breath of fresh air.

I listened to the album today via Spotify, since I’m working at the office today and it’s the easiest way to listen to stuff. The Spotify version of the album has commentary on each of the tracks in between each of the songs and it’s kind of interesting to hear the backstory on the tracks. One piece of commentary that got my attention was regarding the disco-flavored track, “Dance Your Pain Away”.

One of the writers/producers of the album was in Sweden at a gay club when a patron motioned to him to come over. Intrigued, the producer went over and talked to the “small gay” as he describes him (at least I think that’s what I heard) and the man said, regarding Agnetha’s album, “don’t forget about us.” The producers had been feeling that thus far the album had been missing “something” and that comment from the “small gay” made him realize that there was no “anthem” on the track. The customer went on to say how Agentha was an icon in the gay community and that was important to include something for her gay fans.

Enter “Dance The Pain Away”. It’s a really fun disco themed track. I’ve listened to it several times and I really think I can hear a sample of an ABBA song in the bass line but I can’t put my finger as to which track it is. This particular track, just one gem in a treasure box of an album, feels very familiar. It’s like one step away from being a full-out ABBA track and it’s kind of fun. I hope it makes some inroads into public exposure. I know that if I were still DJing I’d spin it up in the mix to see how the crowds react. I can definitely see it being one of those summer anthem tracks.

It has been a long time since I’ve been excited about an entire album by an artist. It’s good to know that music can still excite me. Thank you for the music, Agnetha.

Saturday Dance Party.

My friend Tim in Ohio reminded me of this song this morning. This is one of my favorite Donna Summer tracks and reminds me of my days of living in the Boston area. I used to crank this up on Kiss 108FM. A lot.

Here’s Donna Summer with “Love’s About To Change My Heart”.

Up!

I’m in a dancing mood tonight. From 1995, here’s Dreamworld with “Movin’ Up”.