Thanks to Geoff & Sarah for inviting us up to guest-DJ at the launch of their new night, You! Me! Dancing! in the glittering jewel of the East Midlands, Nottingham. Here’s what we played. Or rather, here’s what I can remember us playing:
Huggy Bear - Her Jazz
Standard Fare - Fifteen
Pelle Carlberg - Clever Girls
Jens Lekman - A Sweet Summer’s Night on Hammer Hill
Allo Darlin’ - My Heart Is As Strong As A Drummer
Pulp - Styloroc (Nites of Suburbia)
Helen Love - Long Live The UK Music Scene
The Magnetic Fields - I Think I Need A New Heart
The White Stripes - Hotel Yorba
Pavement - Shady Lane
David Bowie - Queen Bitch
Art Brut - Good Weekend
Hefner - Hymn For The Cigarettes
Elastica - Stutter
X-Ray Spex - Oh Bondage! Up Yours!
Half Man Half Biscuit - Joy Division Oven Gloves
Talking Heads - Once In A Lifetime
Pet Shop Boys - West End Girls
Dexy’s Midnight Runners - Jackie Wilson Said
Belle & Sebastian - There’s Too Much Love
We DJed for an hour from 10:30, with a ‘get people dancing’ remit so was a bit more mainstream than we’d usually have gone with that early. I think. I don’t really know. There’s not really a science to it.
The venue was a thoroughly characterful dive bar just up from the Market Square. I was a bit worried about the location at first: If you know Nottingham you’ll know that the Market Square area is rather nice during the day but a button down shirted hellhole in the evening, particularly at the weekend. Fortunately the entrance to the bar was hidden down an alleyway, and as the owner said “people sometimes wonder in, take one look at the place, realise it’s not for them, then head to Yates’ over the road.” From the bar we had an excellent view of the police vans lining themselves up, waiting for chucking-out time.
I had a lovely time, and was able to catch up a bit with people I hadn’t seen in ages. The set seemed to go down well. Hopefully they’ll put on more nights in future, and who knows? They may even invite us back.