Pop Workshop

No this is not an obscure Swedish fusion track. Instead, it’s a departure from the usual funk/jazz, hip hop, disco, etc.: this is a one-time-only ‘pop’ mix of tunes more likely heard in a Top 40 countdown.

The inspiration was a night out with Captain Walker and some friends at The Bedford, my favorite bar in Williamsburg. Normally you can’t drag me near the dance floor if it’s all rock’n’pop, but just occasionally if cocktails, company and, crucially, the right combination of records are aligned, it can happen. This was one of those times and, at the end of the evening, we were the last dancers standing, applauding the two girls who orchestrated the events via Traktor and probably weren’t born when the 12″s that make up this mix came out. It reminded me of a few nights down the years: Swalesey leaping to join Mr George on the dance floor at Paul Darkin’s Cold Turkey (we later scared some nurses with John Coltrane back at Pantonville); monopolizing the dance floor with Saul at Soho Arts club (who was the girl with us who was ‘leaving forever’ the next day?); aggressive lip-synching teen-gays giving me and Tash dirty looks at Shinky Shonky; and, much longer ago, a bunch of teenagers ‘doing the fly’ at the Delfina discotheque in Spetses.

IMGAll the tracks should be be familiar to anyone who turned on the radio in the 1970s and 80s. One is a pretty obscure cover version of the classic Lionel Ritchie track (last played at Love Lee‘s New Year’s Eve bash in Shoreditch circa 1997) and there’s an anachronistic DJ Shadow linker in there (how else can you get from Aerosmith to Art of Noise in just two moves?), but the rest were all on the wall at Our Price and on the air at Capital 194 back in the day. So for all you stool pigeons, dinosaur walkers, ghost busters, and easy lovers, here’s something to keep you dancing all night long in crappy discos from Bracknell to Brooklyn. No track list this time kids…


~ by ricardosevere on 04/30/2014.

2 Responses to “Pop Workshop”

  1. […] came across it in that scene from Trading Places, but it always reminds me of Kamal (bottom left here): we played it over and over on his beatbox hanging out on the beach that time in Spetses years […]

  2. […] receptions typically conjure up visions of mobile DJs playing dodgy pop tunes, getting requests for Abba not A.A.B.B and Coldplay rather than Coldcut, while grandma does […]

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