Monday, 10 September 2012

My mother loves to boogie, on whatever damn night she pleases thank-you-very-much.

When I posted the Shuffle on your ipod blog post, my mum jokingly said to me that I should have a go at guessing her top 50 songs to see how many I'd get right. That made me curious... how many would I guess correctly? So I'm going to have a go right now, right here.

Instructions for Mum: Leave a comment at the bottom of this post telling me which ones you wouldn't put on your top 50 list and if there were any I missed.

Instructions for everyone else: Enjoy this guided tour of music you can dance to that draws from the 70's and 80's and 00's and misses out the 90's entirely.

1. Careless Whisper - George Michael (I'm starting with the obvious)
2. Whiter Shade of Pale - Procol Harum (Mum goes all melty to this)
3. Sylvia - Focus
4. Don't Feel Like Dancing - Scissor Sisters (Because George Michael is not gay enough...)
5. Dancing Queen - Abba
6. Chiquitita - Abba
7. Fields of Gold - Sting
8. So This Is Christmas (War Is Over) - John Lennon (Christmas is cancelled if Mum doesn't hear this played in some shop somewhere in the run up to 25th December)
9. If Paradise Is Half As Nice - Amen Corner 
10. Outside - George Michael 
11. Criticize - Alexander O'Neal (To be blasted loudly throughout the house)
12. Maggie May - Rod Stewart
13. Club Tropicana - Wham (Mum 'secretly' listens to this while lying beside the pool)
14. Desert Rose - Sting
15. Senorita - Justin Timberlake
16. Baker Street - Gerry Rafferty
17. Real Gone Kid - Deacon Blue (Woo ooo woo ooo's and all)
18. Dignity - Deacon Blue
19. Something For The Weekend - The Divine Comedy
20. Come On Eileen - Dexy's Midnight Runners (The one song Dad will refuse to dance to)
21. Don't Stop - Fleetwood Mac
22. Looking For Linda - Hue and Cry
23. Labour of Love - Hue and Cry
24. Come Up And See Me (Make Me Smile) - Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel
25. Bailamos - Enrique Iglesias (Yes, really)
26. Day After Day - Badfinger
27. Clair de Lune - Debussy (Didn't expect that now, did you?!)
28. What A Fool Believes - The Doobie Brothers
29. King Of Rock And Roll - Prefab Sprout (Go on Mum, tell us what it is all about...)
30. Caledonia - Frankie Miller
31. If You Stay - Heidi Talbot
32. I Got You (I Feel Good) - James Brown (To be sung boarding a plane going to a hot country)
33. Crush - Jennifer Paige
34. Jealous Guy - John Lennon or Roxy Music (I couldn't decide)
35. Beautiful Boy - John Lennon
36. Fairytale of New York - The Pogues (Because that bit needs to be sung with gusto)
37. One Vision - Queen
38. Who Wants To Live Forever - Queen (With "Don't see me like this, Connor" added in over the top in a thick Glaswegian accent)
39. If You Think I'm Sexy - Rod Stewart
40. Listen To What The Man Said - Paul McCartney
41. Summer Son - Texas
42. Private Dancer - Tina Turner
43. The Whole Of The Moon - The Waterboys (This song IS my parents. True story)
44. Treat Her Gently - Paul McCartney and Wings
45. To Sir With Love - Lulu
46. It's A Sin - Pet Shop Boys
47. Maria - Blondie
48. Too Funky - George Michael (Ha! Bet you thought you'd seen the last of him!)
49. Star People - George Michael (That was the last, I swear)
50. So Easy - Royksopp This one comes with a video and a story. I'm putting the video on because ironically Mum may not know what this song is called or who it is by. The story will make sense of that. First, here is the video:

Here is the story:

Sitting one day in my parents living room with my Mother when out of the blue she asks if I can find a song for her.
"Sure," says I, "what is it called?".
"Umm... I don't know," is the reply.
"Ok... who is it by?"
"Umm... I don't know that either."
"It comes from a car advert."
"For what car?"
"Oh. I don't know."
"But it goes 'Oooo ahhh oooo, la la la la la'."
"Uh huh..?"
"Does that help?"

Believe it or not, I then typed into google 'Oooo ahhh oooo, la la la la la'. And found it. Top result on the page and everything. I still can't believe it happened.

So go on Mum, how many did I get?


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  2. Well Sarah you did very well and seemed to get all the old favourites and Royksopp was amazing that you remembered not just the music but the moment you found it for me. All are of course on my ipod. I might take Maria out that would be the only one, and if I had to add more which would take it over 50 it would be - Closing Time, Deacon Blue, Going Home, theme from Local Hero, Knights in White Satin, Moody Blues featuring Justin Hayword, Thank you for the Days by the Kinks or Kirsty McColl, and the Hymm Jerusalem ( which makes me feel all tingly when I hear it).Bet you did not know that! And I am becoming partial to a Pualo Nutini track too.

  3. Jerusalem?! Are you a secret member of the WI? Will you be Miss January next year, or perhaps Miss July as that's your birthday month?

    I have to admit, I swithered over Knights in White Satin. I do think however that I included just the right amount of George Michael and Sting. Let's be honest, we could get to 50 with their tracks alone!

  4. No not a member of the WI but I think it might be part of my Birmingham or Red Coat roots.