Once upon a time, in a galaxy far, far away, I used to write a series here called Friday Night Music Club.
Here is what I wrote way back in March 2015 to explain:
“Friends of mine will tell you I love a themed mix tape or CD.
In my old flat, we used to have what we (ok, I) liked to call The Friday Night Music Club. This would involve us a) getting very drunk b) me shaving my head at some point c) listening to the latest CD mix I’d made (later, when I bought a sound system that allowed me to just plug my iPod in (other mp3 playing devices are available) these mixes got waaaay longer, and probably waaaaay more tedious for the listener) and d) ideally having a bit of a dance.
I’ve done mix tapes and CDs for friends and family all my life (but you already knew that, right?) but the idea here was to make a series of mix CDs which, when played in sequence, you could play at a house party and which would keep the night bubbling along nicely.
Actually, this is something I’d already tried a few years earlier. Friends of mine used to have the most excellent parties at their flat on Hilldrop Road, usually with a DJ playing, but on one occasion the DJ – and for that matter, their decks – couldn’t make it. In their absence I prepared a set of 11 CDs – about 15 hours – which, when played in sequence, took you from aperitifs and welcomers, to “go on have a bit of a dance”, through to off your nut party anthems, and then back down to sitting round talking nonsense about radishes until 6am.
Anyway, back to the Friday Night Music Club. Occasionally I’d make a theme out of the whole thing (hey, if Bob Dylan can do a radio show using the same format, I can do a mix CD, okay?) or do more than one CD and spread the theme out (there was once a 4 CD opus to a former flat mate which deserves a mention in passing) but more often than not the theme would occur to me in the middle of preparing it, and that’d be it…I’d be off….“
As an aside, I appear to have missed some fairly significant landmarks in the history of this place: my first ever post was in September 2013, and if you think my posts are sporadic now, bear in mind that my second post didn’t happen until a year later in 2014. Whatever, a belated 5th anniversary to me!
Anyway, it was when I became rather fixated on the theme rather than with just posting some songs which sound good when played together that I knocked the Friday Night Music Club series on the head.
Since there are now more of us are spending our Friday Nights at home, many of us getting drunk, I figured I would bring the series back for at least a one-off for you to use as your sountrack to your Zoom/Houseparty chats. There might be more, I’ve not decided yet.
Also, this, right here what you’re reading now, is my 1500th post, so I’d like to mark at least one of my landmark posts in a timely manner.
I figured we’d go back to where it all began, to the first few episodes of Friday Night Music Club, but now with fewer attempts to be clever/funny and just more songs to rock your end of the working (from home) week/kids are in bed celebrations.
Actually, I’d hoped to bring this to you last weekend, in time for the Bank Holiday, but time simply caught up with me, the bastard.
The initial intention was simply to repost those early “mixes”, with a few new songs thrown in here and there (and some brutally culled). But as I was working on it, it metemporphasised into something different, perhaps better described as a completely new mix of tunes, very loosely hung on the framework of the old ones, in an effort to reinvigorate them, poncey as that may sound.
If you’d prefer to just listen to this on Spotify, you can do here:
Friday Night Music Club Vol. 1
…although a word of warning: Spotify doesn’t have all of the songs in the playlist, so the only real way to enjoy this in it’s full…erm…glory is by ploughing through the links below.
Oh, and a second word of warning: there’s a fair bit of effin’ and jeffin’ on some of these, so perhaps not for those with young ears.
Hopefully, there will be something for everyone in here (there’s seventy tunes in just over five hours, so I bloody hope so!), so push back the sofa, get yourself a pint of White Russian (or whatever your weapon of choice is), dim the lights and turn up the volume. Let there be grooves. Let there be guitars. Let there be cheese. Let there be some surprises, some forgotten tunes and some old favourites. Let there be singing. Let there be dancing.
Tell you what: I’ll play a song or two by way of a little intro whilst you’re getting yourself sorted:
Patience & Prudence – Tonight You Belong To Me
The Jesus & Mary Chain – Some Candy Talking
Richard Hawley – Tonight The Streets Are Ours
Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons – The Night
Richie Havens – Going Back To My Roots (Groove Armada Go North Remix)
Grace Jones – Pull Up To The Bumper
Earth Wind & Fire – Let’s Groove
Chic – Good Times (Full-Length Version)
Double Trouble & Rebel MC – Street Tuff (Scar Radio Mix)
Adventures Of Stevie V – Dirty Cash (Sold Out Mix Edit)
Public Enemy – Fight The Power
Clinton – People Power In The Disco Hour
Los Campesinos! – You! Me! Dancing!
Janelle Monáe – Dance Apocalyptic
Britney Spears – Toxic (Armand Van Helden Remix)
Girls Aloud – Something Kinda Ooooh
Icona Pop – I Love It [featuring Charli XCX]
Spandau Ballet – To Cut A Long Story Short
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – Enola Gay
Archie Bronson Outfit – Dart For My Sweetheart
Franz Ferdinand – Do You Want To
Gang of Four – I Found That Essence Rare
The Fall – Dead Beat Descendant
Sports Team – Here’s The Thing
Super Furry Animals – God! Show Me Magic
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Spread Your Love
My Chemical Romance – Teenagers
Talking Heads – Girlfriend Is Better
Siouxsie & The Banshees – Hong Kong Garden
The Cult – She Sells Sanctuary
The Sisters of Mercy – This Corrosion
The Rapture – House of Jealous Lovers
Interpol – Mammoth (Erol Alkan Rework)
A Guy Called Gerald – Voodoo Ray (Original Mix)
Mory Kanté – Yeke Yeke (Hardfloor Mix)
Underworld – Cowgirl (Bedrock Mix)
Josh Wink – Higher State of Consciousness (Dex & Jonesey’s Higher Stated Mix)
Happy Mondays – W.F.L. [Think About the Future]
The Charlatans – The Only One I Know
Inspiral Carpets – Find Out Why
New Order – Bizarre Love Triangle
Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip – Thou Shalt Always Kill
Echo & The Bunnymen – Lips Like Sugar (Way Out West Remix Edit)
LCD Soundsytem – All My Friends
Indeep – Last Night a DJ Saved My Life
Primal Scream – Come Together (Terry Farley Remix)