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The Ninth edition of the Beginners was one of the best so far. Thanks to the small, but dedicated, band of hearty souls who braved the weather and danced up a storm. Thanks to Ryan for jumping on the decks and bringing the noise. Thanks to the music. It’s all about the music! Check out what we played and we’ll see you same place, same time on the 24th with musical guest MIGHTY CLOUDS!! You don’t want to miss it, trust me.

(tim)
Sandra Barry – We Were Lovers When the Party Began
Le Futur Pompiste – Five Hundred Heartbeats
Le Sera – Never Come Around
Grace Lee & the Stylers – Each and Every Flower
Thee Headcoatees – Meet Jacqueline
The Action – The Place
David Ruffin – My Whole World Ended
The Main Ingredient – Everybody Plays the Fool
Gigi & Rose Melberg – Alone at the Pier
The Groove – Love It’s Getting Better
Every Mother’s Son – Come on Down to My Boat
Happy Birthday – Girls FM
The Groovies – Boys Ride Bikes
The American Breed – Anyway That You Want Me
The Liverbirds – Why Do You Hang Around Me?
Mac & Katie Kisson – Don’t Do It Baby
Michael Jackson – I’ll Be There (Chopped & Screwed)
The Blackbyrds – Rock Creek Park

(amber)
Joan Baez – Stephanie’s Room
The Velvet Underground – Stephanie Says
Gwen Stefani – 4AM
Love -Stephanie Knows Who
Stef Little Fingers – Suspect Device
Reading Rainbow – Over It
Mission of Burma – Academy Fight Song
The Beach Boys – Darlin’
The Smiths – Cemetery Gates
Altered Images – Happy Birthday
Black Box – Everybody Everybody
Stevie Nicks – Edge of Seventeen
702 – Where My Girls At?

(ryan)
Television – See No Evil
Carole Quinn -What’s So Sweet About Sweet 16?
Peaches & Herb – We Got a Good Thing
Frankie Valli – Beggin’
The Standells – Sometimes Good Guys Don’t Wear White
The Fabs – That’s the Bag I’m In
The Spinners – Rubberband Man
Steely Dan – Bodhisattva
Fleetwood Mac – Think About Me
Rodriguez – Climb Up On My Music
Queen – Radio Gaga
Thin Lizzy – The Boys Are Back in Town

(fred)
Blur – There’s No Other Way
The Soup Dragons – I’m Free
The Jesus & Mary Chain – Head On
The Pixies – Here Comes Your Man
The Pet Shop Boys – Always On My Mind
Big Audio Dynamite – Rush
New Order – Regret
They Might Be Giants – The Statue Got Me High
Jane’s Addiction – Jane Says
The Church – Unguarded Moment
Siouxie & the Banshees – Kiss Them For Me

(tim)
Freddie Scott – (You) Got What I Need
Brenton Wood – Oogum Boogum
Hunx & His Punx – Dream On (Little Dreamer)
The Monkees – A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You
The Four Tops – I’m a Believer
Tommy Roe – Hooray for Hazel
The Archies – Sugar Sugar
Prince – I Wanna Be Your Lover
Lyn Collins – Think (About It)
Honey Cone – One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show
The Sweet – Love is Like Oxygen
Electric Light Orchestra – Mr. Blue Sky
Suicide – Dream Baby Dream (Lil’ Tweezy Mix)

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Beginners 7 was a great time all around. Great band! Thanks, Everbody’s In. Great guest DJ set from our friend Shelley. Lots of super cool people hanging around, chatting it up and hitting the dance floor. These are the songs we played — tell me they aren’t stone cold jams, just try!

(Shelley)
Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell – Your Precious Love
The Troggs – With a Girl Like You
Cathy Saint – Big Bad World
The Kinks – Picture Book
The Homosexuals – Astral Glamour
Grass Widow – To Where
Junior Murvin – Police & Thieves
Martha & the Vandellas – Quicksand
The Equals – Hold Me Closer
Brenton Wood – Psychotic Reaction
Belle & Sebastian – If She Wants Me
The Carrots – Doing Our Part
Curtis Mayfield – Move On Up

(Fred)
Lee Rogers – I Want You to Have Everything
Syreeta – I Love Everything About You
Dee Dee Sharp – Willyam Willyam
The Cookies – I Never Dreamed
The Manhattans – What’s It Gonna Be
The Yum Yums – Gonna Be a Big Thing
Martha & the Vandellas – Jimmy Mack (live version)
Destroyer – 3000 Flowers
Crystal Stilts – Crippled Croon
My Bloody Valentine – Come In Alone
The Cure – Catch

*live set from Everybody’s In*

(Amber)
AAB – Drunk & Destitute
The Miracles – I’ve Gotta Dance to Keep From Crying
Cyndi Lauper – When You Were Mine
Kate Bush – The Man With the Child in His Eyes
Arthur Russell – Arm Around You
City Center – Modern Love
The Lonely Island – Boombox
Buffy Sainte Marie – He’s a Keeper of the Fire
The Smiths – There is a Light That Never Goes Out

(Tim)
David Ruffin – I Want You Back
Los Bravos – Black is Black
Derek – Cinnamon
Crispian St. Peters – The Pied Piper
Cindy und Bert – Der Hund Von Baskervilles
Waterbed Kev – All Night Long
Skyy – Call Me
Indeep – Last Night a DJ Saved My Life (edit)
ESG – Moody
AR Kane – Miles Apart
Spring – It’s Like Heaven
Donovan – Oh Gosh
Led Zeppelin – Tangerine

(Fred & Shelley)
Love – My Little Red Book
Sylvia -My Thing
The Who – My Kids Are Alright
Mary Wells – My Guy
Belle & Sebastian – My Wandering Days Are Over
Sly & the Family Stone – Thank You (Falettin Me Be My sElf Again)
The Cars -My Best Friend’s Girl
The Saints – I’m Stranded (On My Own)
Gregory Isaacs – My Religon

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What you see below is the soundtrack to a hot, hot mess of good times. I’m not one to brag but this might be the most bonkers and incredible mix Amber, Fred and I have done yet.

10cc – I’m Not In Love
Chromatics – Circled Sun
The Psychedelic Furs – She is Mine
The Velvelettes – There He Goes
The Toggery Five – I’d Much Rather Be With the Boys
The Dreamlovers – You Gave Me Somebody to Love
Honeycone – Girls It Ain’t Easy
Javelin – Oh Centra
Deerhunter – Helicopter (Diplo & Lunice Mix)
Friendly Fires/Ludacris – Paris
The Spellbinders – Chain Reaction
The Exciters – Blowin’ Up My Mind
Television Personalities – Part Time Punks

Maxine Brown – Oh No Not My Baby
The Zombies – Beechwood Park
Morrissey – I Don’t Mind If You Forget About Me
Galaxie 500 – Tugboat
Summer Camp – Ghost Train
Ride – Vapour Trail
Tommy James & the Shondells – Crimson & Clover
David Bowie – Heroes (English/German Version)
Lil Wayne – Ms Officer

Chain & the Gang – What is a Dollar
Fleetwood Mac – I Know I’m Not Wrong
Big Star – Jesus Christ
The Go-Betweens – Streets of Your Town
The Dead Milkmen – Dean’s Dream
The Verlaines – Death & the Maiden
Deerhunter – Fountain Stairs
Tears for Fears – Everybody Wants to Rule the World
David Byrne/Brian Eno – Strange Overtones
The Marvelettes – He’s a Good Guy
The Lovin’ Spoonful – Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind?
Holly Golightly – Virtually Happy

Honeybus – The Breaking Up Scene
Stereototal – Beautycase
Dave Pike – I Got a Feeling
Teach Me Tiger – Honey (I Need More Of Your Love)
The Swinging Blue Jeans – You’re No Good
Josie Cotton – Johnny, Are You Queer?
LCD Soundsystem – Daft Punk is Playing at My House
The Olsen Twins – P.I.Z.Z.A. (Chopped & Screwed)
PIL – Public Image
Wham! – Freedom
Justin Bieber/Kayne West/Raekwon – Runaway Love remix
The Jacksons – Shake Your Body Down to the Ground

Bob Dylan – All the Tired Horses
Linda Lewis – It’s in His Kiss
K. Hand – Come On Now Baby
Cold Cave – Life Magazine
New Order – Ceremony
XTC – Making Plans for Nigel
Summer Camp – Round the Moon
DeeLite – Groove is in the Heart

Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five – White Lines
Twilight 22 – Electric Kingdom
Stevie Wonder – Sir Duke
Chairmen of the Board – Give Me Just a Little More Time
Lady Gaga – Telephone
Madonna – Holiday/Like a Prayer
G.L.O.B.E. & Whiz Kid – Play That Beat Mr. DJ
The Cure – Close to Me (Closer Mix)
Jay Z/Alicia Keys – Empire State of Mind

Willow Smith/Nikki Minaj – Whip My Hair
The Hives – Hate to Say I Told You So
Elastica – Connection
Dinosaur Jr. – Freak Scene
MC5 – Shakin’ Street
10cc – I’m Not in Love (So In Love Remix)

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Wow, it’s really quite amazing how many songs you can fit into 4 hours. You can see this was just about the most all over the place Beginners yet. Kind of bonkers too. Pay close attention to the Beach Boys to Albert Ayler transition. Not sure how it worked but it did. You can do magic, Fred! You too, Amber! You read my mind on the Madonna. Into the Groove is my jam! Unfortunately for everyone who straggled in on time, my set peaked when I played Arthur Russell’s Keeping Up two times in row to an empty club. That song is just so beautiful.

Anyhow, here’s what we played:

arthur russell – keeping up (2x)
the city – snow queen
the brothers johnson – strawberry letter #23
samantha sang – emotion
toto -georgie porgie
the beach boys – I guess i just wasn’t made for these times (bullion remix)
good vibrations – god only knows
the beach boys – match point of our love
first class – beach baby

albert ayler – everybody’s movin’
little richard – slippin’ and slidin’
jonathan richman – new teller
pavement – two states
trumans – you are nice
the zombies – friends of mine
love – something to me
the velvet underground – beginning to see the light
chuck mangione – feels so good

the everly brothers – made to love
soft location – diamonds and gems
julian casablancas – i’ll try anything once
john lennon – oh yoko
strawberry switchblade – since yesterday
kate bush – wuthering heights
summer camp – round the moon
brian eno – baby’s on fire
black box – everybody everybody
coasting – kids
man the hunter – dance with me

veronica falls – beachy head
koko pop – baby sister
lionel richie – dancing on the ceiling
aaliyah – more than a woman
m83 – kim & jessie
daft punk – digital love
donna summer – i feel love
jane birkin & serge gainsbourg – je t’aime…moi non plus

gardens – maze time
the gories – there but for the grace of god i go
of montreal – i feel you strutter
arthur russell – calling all kids
big boi – shutterbug
secret twins – meet again
guided by voices – game of pricks
the dovers – i could be happy
forever amber – bits of your life, bits of my life

madonna – into the groove
inner city – do you love what you feel
kesha – tick tock
david bowie – heroes
joanie summers – don’t pity me
the bee gees – you should be dancing
chairmen of the board – give me just a little more time

giorgio moroder – son of my father
baby jane & the rockabyes – how much is that doggie in the window?
diane renay – watch out, sally!
1910 fruitgum company – 1910 cotton candy castle
the masionettes – heartache avenue
lou christie – make summer last forever
the beach boys – baby blue

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My three favorite things about Absolute Beginners 4th Anni All-Star Blowout:

1. Playing Unrest, then Personal & the Pizzas for Chrysta. She just got engaged and that’s a sweet thing. She’s going to be very happy.
2. Amber spinning tunes. She played the jam of the night – Anita Garbo’s Miracles. It’s a crazy Swedish discopop song from the late 70s with strings by Jeff Lynne and a crazy Sparks-like feel. So damn good!
3. People staying until the club turned all the lights on and kicked us out. It was awesome and I hope the same thing happens when we all get together again on September 21st at Savoy!

Here’s what Fred, Amber and Tim (me) played:

The Carpenters – Yesterday Once More
Neil Sedaka – Laughter in the Rain
Art Garfunkel – Breakaway
Dusty Springfield – I Only Wanna Be With You
Sonny & Cher – Leave Me Be
The Lovin’ Spoonful – You Baby
Yvonne Carroll – A Little Bit of Soap
Darlene Love – Wait Until My Bobby Gets Home
The Delicates – Stop Shoving Me Around
The Pandoras – About My Baby (I Could Write a Book)
Stereolab – Moogie Wonderland
The Velvet Underground – Guess I’m Fallin’ In Love
The Who – Our Love Was
The Troggs – Anyway That You Want Me
The Monkees – Sometime in the Morning
The Creation – How Does It Feel to Feel
The Sweet – You’re Not Wrong For Loving Me
Goldie & the Gingerbreads – Can You Feel My Heartbeat?
Hermans Hermits – Must to Avoid

The Orchids – Ooh-Chang-a-Lang
The Ramones – Swallow My Pride
Magic Kids – Hey Boy
The Grass Roots – Midnight Confessions
The Pastels – Song for a Friend
Sheriff and the Revels – Shombalor
The Small Faces – Itchycoo Park
The Shangri-La’s – Give Him a Great Big Kiss
The Rolling Stones – Connection
The Smiths – Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now
John Maus – Do Your Best
Jane’s Addiction – Been Caught Stealing
Everly Brothers – Cathy’s Clown
Tommy James & the Shondells – Out of the Blue

Anita Garbo – Miracles
Kate Bush – Hounds of Love
The Clean – Getting Older
The Cranberries – Free to Decide
The Supremes – Love is Like an Itching in My Heart
Newcleus – Jam On It
Animal Collective – Brother Sport
Copy/R. Kelly – Ignition
Liquid Liquid – Cavern
New Order – Leave Me Alone
Spoon – Take the Fifth
Belle & Sebastian – Funny Little Frog
Adam & the Ants – Stand & Deliver

Steely Dan – My Old School
Beyonce – Single Ladies
Mr. CG – Boogie Board 9000
Kanye West – Power
Lil’ Wayne – A Milli
The Kinks – Starstruck
The Velvet Underground – Sweet Jane
Dream Express – A Million 1,2,3
Love – Maybe The People Would Be The Times Or Between Clark And Hilldale
My Bloody Valentine – You Made Me Realize
The Breeders – Divine Hammer
The Sundays – Here’s Where the Story Ends
Aislers Set – Last Match
Unrest – Make Out Club
Personal & the Pizzas – Brass Knuckles
Sweet – Little Willy

Hot Chocolate – Heaven’s in the Backseat of My Cadillac
The Jets – Crush On You
Glass Candy – Feeling Without Touching
Indeep – Last Night a DJ Saved My Life
Frankie Smith – Double Dutch Bus
Shannon – Let the Music Play
Hall & Oates – Private Eyes
Loon/Christopher – What You Say
T.I. – Whatever You Like
The Equals – Baby Come Back
Prince – Let’s Go Crazy
The Strokes – You Only Live Once
David Bowie – Young Americans
Sam Cooke – Bring It on Home

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Well, it was a long night but we made it. Played a small set of Prince-soundalikes, which was cool. Pulled off a bunch of insane transitions, which was also cool. Had some people dancing, which made it all worthwhile! In case you didn’t make it out (or if you were there and wondered what the hell was going on), here’s what we played. Come out on the 31st to hear more ridiculous pop jams…

t rex-ride a white swan
skeeter davis-i can’t stay mad at you
the smiths-girlfriend in a coma
the greenhornes/holly golightly-gonna get me someone
the tremeloes- here comes my baby
the marvelettes-i need someone
JJ jackson-but it’s alright
the cornelius brothers and sister rose-treat her like a lady
ray parker jr-the other woman
sister sledge-he’s the greatest dancer
justin timberlake -my love (diplo remix)
antoine dodson-bed intruder song
vivian girls-where do you run
the dovers-what am i gonna do
the hollies-you must believe me
destroyer-looters follies
lee oskar-back to ypsilanti
ready for the world-oh sheila
andrĂ© cymone-kelly’s eyes
ariel pink-beverly kills
private-my secret lover
alice cooper-clones (we’re all)
dee lite-groove is in the heart
soho-hippie chick
orange juice-rip it up
vanity 6-nasty girl
another bad creation-iesha
laid back-white horse
frankie knuckles-your love
glass candy-running down the hills
curtis mayfield-gimme your love
warren zevon-werewolves of london
the rolling stones-can you hear the music
the kinks-picture book
cindy cole-he’s sure the boy i love
the dovers-about me
the kittens-i love you so
the orchids-that boy is messin’ up my mind
the shangri las-give him a great big kiss
holly & the italians-tell that girl to shut up
josie cotton-jimmy loves maryanne
the long blondes-weekend without makeup
the apples in stereo-dance floor
neon indian-deadbeat summer
len-steal my sunshine

As a bonus for reading all the way to the bottom, here’s a stone cold P/NP jam from Prince sidekick AndrĂ© Cymone called “Kelly’s Eyes”. Once he left Prince’s band, sometime after Dirty Mind since that’s the inner sleeve (?) up there, he made three really good albums and married Jody Watley. Nice one! He also burned himself deep into my young brain by wearing see-thru plastic pants when Prince played on American Bandstand about 100 years ago. I think Prince was wearing thigh high boots and leopard-print briefs under a raincoat. How did that ever make it on the air anyway? And why wasn’t “Kelly’s Eyes” a huge hit?

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Man, we played all kinds of weird, wild and wonderful stuff last time. I didn’t realize how all over the place we were until I saw them all listed. The Seeds and Abba? Pavement and David Essex? “Vapour Trail” and “Little Red Riding Hood”? Wacky!

Fred’s Spins:
the greenhornes – end of the night
the jellybeans – i wanna love him so bad
cindy williams – they talk about us
jane birkin & serge gainsbourg – j taime moi non plus
ko and the knockouts – hiding
the raindrops – another boy like mine
liz phair – never said
vivian girls – wild eyes
morrissey – last of the famous international playboys
stone roses – elephant stone (not remix!!)
pavement – gold sounds
ride – vapour trail
echo and the bunnymen – bring on the dancing horses
nite jewel-artificial intelligence
myron & with the soul investigators- cold game
yum yums-gonna be a big thing
janelle monae – tightrope
sexual harrassment – if i gave you a party
zapp – more bounce to the ounce
julian casablancas – 11th dimension
phoenix – liztsomania (request)
smiths – this charming man
joy division – disorder
tom tom club – genius of love
madonna – like a prayer
neutral milk hotel – holland 1945
the beatles – sexy sadie
the flirtations – nothin’ but a heartache
the cardigans – lovefool
the equals – viva bobby joe
edward sharpe & the magnetic zeroes – home (request)
the free design – kites are fun
stevie wonder – signed, sealed, delivered
the seeds – can’t seem to make you mine
the butterflys – good night baby
hall and oates – rich girl
the shirelles – mama said
the shangri las – remember walkin’ in the sand

Tim’s Spins:
lulu/david boxie – man who sold the world
prefab sprout – faron young
timmy thomas – why can’t we live together
david essex – rock on
fleetwood mac – tusk
the delgados – mr. blue sky
the millennium – it’s you
the loves – i my she loves you
the three o’clock – i go wild
camera obscura – french navy
cut copy – hearts on fire
my bloody valentine – glider (andrew weatherall mix)
jens lekman – black cab
beat happening – dreamy
the cramps – new kind of kick
len barry – 1,2,3
abba – gimme a man after midnight (request)
stardust – music goes better with you
css – let’s make love and listen to death from above
oval – photograph
delta 5 – mind your own business
gang of four – to hell with poverty
bricolage – footsteps
abc – poison arrow
the concretes – you can’t hurry love
ace frehley – new york groove
olivia newton john – magic
blue swede – hooked on a feeling
sam the sham & the pharoahs – little red riding hood
cher – dream baby
the archies – bicycles, rollerskates and you
starbuck – moonlight feels right
the beach boys – you’re so good to me

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