Let’s Dance

Move back the furniture and roll back the rug: this week’s theme was Dancing! With New Year’s Eve and the party scene ready to take off big time here in Byron Bay, this was a no-brainer.

We opened the program with Dancing in the Streets, the David Bowie/Mick Jagger version, which they recorded in ’85 as part of the Live Aid charity movement. The original, by Martha and the Vandellas, was first recorded in ’64.  That set the tone for a great show where we attempted to cover all kinds of dancing and dance anthems from the 50s through to the noughties.

loco-motionIn the first hour, we were hand jivin’, twistin’ & rock ‘n’ rollin’.  I loved including that pop classic by Little Eva – ‘The Loco-motion’. I was fascinated to find out that Carole King co-wrote this song (with Gerry Goffin) and that it is notable for making the American Top 5 three times in three different decades: for Little Eva in ’62 (US #1), for Grand Funk Railroad in ’74 (US #1) and for Kylie Minogue in ’88 (US #3).

As my listeners now know, I try to play a Roy Orbison song each week and amuse myself, (if no-one else), by the challenge of trying to find a song by Roy to fit each week’s theme. I thought the Dance theme might prove to be my undoing, but no way! Roy didn’t let me down and I discovered that his first commercial success was his 1956 recording of ‘Ooby Dooby’. Excellent.

In the second hour we looked at disco, punk, funk and even a bit of hip-hop.

The late 70’s and early 80’s saw movies such as ‘Saturday Night Fever’, ‘Grease’ and ‘The Blues Brothers’ celebrating music and dancing. And concept groups like the Village People captured the libertarian times. Here’s a little tidbit about the Bee Gee’s number, ‘Stayin’ Alive’,  that I didn’t have time to include in the show:  According to Reuters, US doctors have found ‘Stayin’ Alive’ provides an ideal beat to follow while performing chest compressions as part of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on a heart attack victim. The American Heart Association call for chst compressions to be given at a rate of 100 per minute in CPR; ‘Stayin’ Alive’ almost perfectly matches that, with 103.7 beats per minute.

We also had a great giveaway this week: Lisa Hunt, a fantastic Soul singer who performs in the Byron Bay area regularly, offered one of our listeners a back-up singer spot during her show on January 11th at the Beach Hotel. If the winner was female she would participate in a Supremes medley. If the winner was male he would help perform ‘It’s Raining Men’. Lo and behold the winner was our very own Hudson, who presents ‘Postmodern Backlash’ on BayFM Tuesday evenings. The show should be a hoot. Can’t wait. Thanks so much Lisa for your support.

I wanted to close the show with a bit of hip-hop. We couldn’t do a dance show and leave out one of the most important dance movements of recent times!  Some will think my choice of Outkast’s ‘Hey Ya’ safe, but I love that song and the video clip paved the way for a number of stylistic copy-cats. I’m going to include the clip here. Enjoy.

And now for the playlist:

Dancing in The Streets – David Bowie & Mick Jagger

Jailhouse Rock – Elvis Presley 

Ooby Dooby – Roy Orbison

Willie & The Hand Jive – Johnny Otis

Dance With Me – The Drifters

Save The Last Dance For Me – The Platters

The Twist – Chubby Checker

Do The Locomotion – Little Eva

Let’s Dance – Chris Montez

Do You Love Me (Now That I Can Dance) – The Contours 

Twistin’ the Night Away – Sam Cooke

Then He Kissed Me – The Crystals

I’m Happy Just To Dance With You – The Beatles

Land Of 1000 Dances – Wilson Pickett

Dance to the Music – Sly & the Family Stone

Do You Wanna Dance? – The Ramones

Staying Alive – Bee Gees

Grease Lightning – John Travolta

YMCA – The Village People

Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet – Gonzalez

Shake a Tail Feather – Ray Charles/The Blues Brothers Blues 

You Shook Me All Night Long – AC/DC

Dancing With Myself – Gen X  

It’s Raining Men – Lisa Hunt 

Let’s Go Dancin’ (Ooh, la, la, La) – Kool & the Gang

Billie Jean – Michael Jackson 

Let’s Dance – David Bowie

Hey Ya – Outkast


Tune in next week for our first show of the year 2009. The theme will be ‘One’.

Lyn McCarthy hosts ‘Theme Park’ Tuesdays 2-4pm, Eastern Standard Time, on BayFM 99.9, also streaming on http://www.bayfm.org.


About Lyn McCarthy

Lyn presents a weekly radio show at BayFM 99.9 in beautiful Byron Bay in New South Wales, Australia

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