The Plumbing Info Playlist #22
In order for some of you to understand the reference “High School Mixer” I’m going to have to explain a bit. In certain areas of
Chicago quite a large percentage of high school age children go to private high schools and many of those schools are all boys or all girls. In an attempt to promote the private schools quite a few of them have what they call mixers. They open up the school to high school age kids in the area and its basically a dance to meet people. It starts with the girls on one side and the boys on the other. A few brave friends will start toe tapping in the middle and eventually most will pile on the dance floor and have a good time. Back in my day a wacky guy would take his tie off and place it upside down on his head and start jamming to Blister in the Sun or Melt with You and the party would start. If you had someone that snuck in a flask of booze it got really crazy. Anyway these are the tunes that got the party started where you lifted your hands in the air and waved them around like you just didn’t care. “The roof the roof the roof is on fire we don’t need no water let the mother f**cker burn….” I didn’t put “Melt With You” on the list because if I hear that song again my ears will melt right off of my head.
The “High School Mixer” 80’s Dance Playlist
1.) Rhythm Nation – Janet Jackson
2.) Strike It Up – Black Box – Believe me I want to go where the joke takes me but I can’t.
3.) Point Of No Return – Expose – I’m a sucker for some synth and Expose beat it to death.
4.) Relax – Frankie Goes To Hollywood – This was such a rocking tune. How many of knew people who had shirts that just had “RELAX” on them? I won’t go into the controversy regarding the song, if you want to know look it up.
5.) Tell It To My Heart – Taylor Dayne – I loved me some Taylor Dayne. She was a hair icon to every suburban
girl in America in the 80’s. She helped make big hair hot.
6.) Axel F – “I’m not gonna fall for the banana in the tailpipe”
7.) My Prerogative – Bobby Brown – I can’t even tap in to the dark part of my heart to make fun of Bobby Brown. All the talent in this family and such tragedy.
8.) You Dropped a Bomb On Me – The Gap Band – This one got everyone off his or her dead ass. Nerds, jocks, alternative, gothic it didn’t matter.
9.) Blister In The Sun – Violent Femmes
10.) Borderline – Madonna – I contend that Borderline, Holiday and Crazy for You are still Madonna’s best. I don’t think she thinks that but if record sales has any say I think I win.
11.) Girl You Know It’s True – Milli Vanilli – I’m not ashamed to admit I loved this tune. I was so hoping these cats could sing after the fall but…………
12.) Personal Jesus – Depeche Mode – I still love this song. It was perfect for me in 1989, the year it was released; aggressive, angry and thumping.
13.) Pump Up The Jam – Technotronic – I’ve always felt like this was a seminal dance record. It’s seemed so much more serious than anything else at the time. This is just one of several great songs off of this record.
14.) Come Go With Me – Expose
15.) A Little Respect – Erasure
16.) Never Gonna Give You Up – Rick Astley – You know how you see a star and you think “man I would love to be him or her for a day”? I never said that about Rick Astley. I’m fairly certain that even with fame he couldn’t pick up any chicks. He was one ugly dude.
17.) I Feel For You – Chaka Khan – Come on, who didn’t know all the words to the opening rap?
18.) The Roof Is On Fire – Old School Players – The song that started all dance floor chants. We would scream it out because the faculty couldn’t’ punish 300 kids for swearing.
19.) Whip It – Devo – I have a friend who thinks Devo and Miami Sound Machine are two of the greatest bands of
the 80’s. It’s why he isn’t a real good friend.
20.) Party Train – The Gap Band
21.) Fascinated – Company B
******I want to add this disclaimer, I am a music snob, I do not actively listen to 95% of this playlist however if there was a party and this playlist was playing I’d shake my ass to it for sure.