Not signed in (Sign In)
    • CommentTimeOct 9th 2009
    I feel kind of lame making a post for this, but if anyone can give me some feedback, it's you fine folks.
    My friends are having me "dj" their wedding reception. By "dj", I mean come up w/ music to put in a playlist and hit play on an iPod hooked up to a stereo system. Their plan is to have everyone in the bridal party pick one song, and I can go crazy w/ the rest.
    Problem is, I'm having trouble coming up w/ suitable music. My only restriction is to keep it family-friendly, as there will be kids about.
    So far, I have "Dance Commander" by Electric Six and (maybe) either "Diamonds and Gold" or "Hang Down Your Head" by Tom Waits. I'm really wanting to avoid the cliche stuff.
    Anyone have suggestions?
      CommentAuthorPaul Sizer
    • CommentTimeOct 9th 2009
    How about MY wedding playlist, that went over very well at my wedding?

    Birdhouse in Your Soul / They Might Be Giants
    Deadbeat Club / B-52's
    Superstition / Stevie Wonder
    Are You Ready For Love / Elton John
    Tennessee / Arrested Development
    Cars / Gary Numan
    Kung Fu Fighting / Carl Douglas
    Avalon / Bryan Ferry & Roxy Music
    First Time Ever I Saw Your Face / Johnny Cash
    Istanbul (Not Constantinople) / They Might Be Giants
    All Things (Just Keep Getting Better) Wideboys
    Poison Arrow (Single Version) / ABC
    Back To Life (How Ever Do You Want Me)/Soul II Soul
    Word Up (7" Vocal Version) / Cameo
    Groove Is In The Heart / Deee-Lite
    Xanadu / Olivia Newton-John & Electric Light Orchestra
    The Downtown Lights / The Blue Nile
    Deee-Lite Theme/ Deee-Lite
    You Are the Sunshine of My Life/ Stevie Wonder
    AsK DNA /Yoko Kanno
    Do You Realize? /The Flaming Lips
    Kiss /Prince
    West End Girls/Pet Shop Boys
    In My Heart 4:37 18 Moby
    Ribbon in the Sky/Stevie Wonder
    Missing/Everything But The Girl
    I Love You/Yello
    Private Idaho/B-52's
    Space Age Love Song/A Flock of Seagulls
    Rock Lobster/ B-52's
    Sir Duke/Stevie Wonder

    I had all of Jane's "Oh, I don't dance at weddings" friends rocking all night long!
    • CommentAuthorFan
    • CommentTimeOct 9th 2009
    From my friend's wedding:

    Sexy Boy - Air
    Come to Me - Bjork
    You're My Thrill - Billie Holiday
    Femme Fatale - Velvet Underground
    Let's Stay Together - Al Green
    As - Stevie Wonder
    God Only Knows - Beach Boys
    Creatures of Love - Talking Heads
    Pomps and Pride - Toots and the Maytals
    Could It Be Magic - Donna Summer
    Let's Stick Together - Bryan Ferry
    Feels Like I'm In Love - Kelly Marie
    Hey Ya - Outcast
    Gimme Gimme Gimme (A man after midnight) - ABBA
    Get It On - T Rex
    I Don't Feel Like Dancing - Scissor Sisters
    I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor - Arctic Monkeys
    Strict Machine - Goldfrapp
    No Tomorrow - Orson
    Take Me Out - Franz Ferdinand
      CommentAuthorPaul Sizer
    • CommentTimeOct 9th 2009
    Hell Fan, I'd dance all night to that list!
    Nice one!
    • CommentTimeOct 9th 2009
    @Sizer, Fan
    Above and beyond guys! I can't believe I didn't think of "Birdhouse in Your Soul" already.
      CommentAuthorPaul Sizer
    • CommentTimeOct 9th 2009
    Jane and I actually had fun including good songs that were kind of anti-wedding songs (Tainted Love, Poison Arrow, etc) but in the end, good music, and a mix of fast and slow gives everyone something to enjoy.

    And if you haven't seen these, here's my Wedding DJ Bingo cards that I made for my B.P.M. graphic novel, which are a fun game to play when you're at a wedding with a crappy DJ and you have drinks! Sounds like you're well on your way to being the good kind of wedding music person!

    • CommentTimeOct 11th 2009
    Bumping, to share a few songs the groom has suggested. Maybe get a better idea of what kind of shindig this going to end up being.

    Ireland- Dredg
    Since We've Been Wrong- The Mars Volta
    Stuck With You- Voltaire
    Your Woman- White Town
    Synthisizer- Electric Six
    • CommentAuthorMathias B
    • CommentTimeOct 12th 2009
    No Al Green = no wedding.
    • CommentTimeOct 12th 2009
    Agreed, I've already picked out Love and Happiness, and I'm hoping it doesn't get nixed by the bride or groom.
    There'll be fights.
    They already shot down bride's sister's choice of Thriller, which I wasn't planning on picking anyway, but...
      CommentAuthorPaul Sizer
    • CommentTimeOct 12th 2009
    If she wants Michael Jackson, go further back in the catalogue and pick some old Jackson 5 songs. Solid choices all 'round.
    • CommentAuthoricelandbob
    • CommentTimeOct 12th 2009
    @ Paul Sizer

    that is some playlist! We had a good DJ (My best mans brother) at our wedding so we didnĀ“t provide a playlist, but we did have the following requests....

    Daft Punk is playing at my house - LCD Soundsystem
    Stand and Deliver - Adam and the Ants (?)
    Hit - the Sugarcubes
    Roses - Outkast
    Get off of my cloud - The rolling stones

    and Sun O)). Nah only joking...

    And we danced to "For once in my Life" by Stevie Wonder
    • CommentAuthorLani
    • CommentTimeOct 12th 2009
    The vast majority of my friends are swing dancers, but at their weddings, as not everyone who will be there swing dances, they mainly play a lot of soul and Motown. I have yet to see it *not* be a hit. But really, can anyone resist a bit of Smokey Robinson or The Temptations?
    • CommentTimeOct 12th 2009 edited
    Marvin Gaye always works. Let's Get It On being my usual last song of the evening.

    The Meters - Just Kissed My Baby
    Neil Young - Harvest Moon
    Leonard Cohen - Take This Waltz
    Curtis Mayfield - Move On Up
    Donna Summer - I Feel Love (the longer the better)

    ETA: Even though Let's Get It On earns points on the bingo cards. Oh well, drinks are nice, yes?
    • CommentAuthorIan_M
    • CommentTimeOct 12th 2009 edited
    I Want You - Tom Waits
    Briar and the Rose - Tom Waits
    Dance Me To The End Of Love - Leonard Cohen
    In Your Eyes - Peter Gabriel

    Edited to add: Bring It On - Nick Cave
      CommentAuthorPaul Sizer
    • CommentTimeOct 12th 2009
    @Taphead: As stated, there ARE no bad songs, just bad uses of songs. I love "Let's Get It On" in the right moment, just not as a cue for drunk assholes to start grabbing asses in a slow dance.
    My pick for Marvin Gaye: Got To Give it Up (12" version). Cheers!
    • CommentTimeOct 12th 2009
    I have been told Tom Waits is completely out of the question, per bride's request. And groom was totally wanting to use Hold On, from Mule Variations.
    If I can collect the songs I have on my list (and get the song picks from the rest of the wedding party) and get them all in order, I think I'll have a pretty sizable playlist ready to go.
    I'll post it when I have it somewhere near complete.
  1.  (6994.17)
    Okay, I'll put up a few because they're ones that people don't tend to think of/hadn't heard of before.

    I'm going to try to remember some songs from my wedding... and some commentary

    "Your Party" by Ween (Near the end of the night)
    "Soon Love Soon" by Vienna Teng (first dance with my wife and I) (Can't find a not live version)
    "I Did It My Way" by Frank Sinatra (Dance for my mom and I... I wouldn't tell her what song it was, she loved it though.)
    "Mony Mony" by Billy Idol ('cause it's funny seeing my grandmother sing "Hey everybody get laid, get fucked")
    "The Rodeo Song" by... oh... wait, you said family friendly, didn't you?
    "Sway" by Anita Kelsey

    I assume that most everything else for the wedding is nearly ready, invitations sent out, etc. otherwise I'd suggest seeing the the couple are willing to put two lines for song requests on the invitation. (It went over really well for my wedding and made sure that there was some music for everyone.) My parents kept the c.d.'s so I don't have a quick way to check them for some of the other uncommon songs.
  2.  (6994.18)
    Ok to use cheesy records at a wedding, so mix them with credible ones

    May I suggest;
    Help yourself - Tom Jones
    Unbelievable - EMF
    any michael Jackson bootleg (eg layo and bushwacka mix of billie jean)
    serious - Richard Hawley
    Hey ya! - outkast
    Can't touch this -Hammer
    Walk this way - Run DMC

    and mix it up with more credible stuff for your own self-respect.

    Embrace the cheese!
  3.  (6994.19)
    My intended has already consented to "March Popakov" as our entrance song.

    Could I love her more?
    • CommentAuthorgjmiller
    • CommentTimeOct 13th 2009
    Elvis Costello - Radio Sweetheart (version from the bonus disc that came with Rhino's issue of My Aim is True) and Mystery Dance

    And hell, It's the End of the World as We Know It by R.E.M.