It’s the NME Crimbo party later and we’ve been talking about songs that work at one’s annual bash. It’s not as easy as it sounds. First, you need to please a wide range of people, so no Autechre or Slipknot. Happy vibes are key, but too much pop will make people vom. There should be a smattering of romance or sauce for Roland in advertising who’s had his eyes on Maureen in accounts for months. Don’t go too cool; Frank Ocean or Kendrick Lamar will probably kill the vibe. ‘Agadoo’ will definitely kill the vibe.
I asked Twitter followers and NME staffers what they’d include. Dan Stubbs explains why he chose ‘Christmas Wrapping’ by The Waitresses:
Ace, funky pop tune that’s just about familiar enough to get people dancing but not too overplayed. Plus it’s kind of an anti-Christmas song about someone wanting to spend Christmas on their own, and I’m a miserable git
Here’s Eve Barlow on ‘Ain’t Nobody’:
Ain’t nobody/Loves me better/Than Chaka Kha-han/At Christmas party ti-ime
Luke Lewis chose Bruce:
Bruce Springsteen, ‘Dancing In The Dark’. I’ve never been to a party where this DIDN’T send everyone sprinting to the dancefloor. Plus it’s one of those songs everyone mysteriously seems to know the words to, even if they’re not massive Bruce fans
Tom Howard chose LCD Soundsystem: “‘Cos it’s like you’ll literally be there with all your friends, yeah?” Jenny Stevens said “wham wham wham wham wham wham wham wham wham wham wham wham.”
Personally I’m a fan of Boney M’s ‘Gotta Go Home’, Heaven 17’s ‘Temptation and Talking Heads’ ‘Burning Down The House’: fun and upbeat, but not too popular to be annoying. Twitter suggestions were varied. The Home Alone theme tune, ‘Zorba The Greek’ and ‘The Birdie Song’ were among the more berserk. Slade, ‘Christmas Wrapping’ by The Waitresses and ‘Fairytale Of New York’ obviously cropped up. As did classic pop such as ‘Jumpin’ Jumpin,’, ‘Get Ur Freak On’ and ‘Freedom’. One wag suggested ‘Summer Holiday’ by Cliff.
What would you play?