Autostraddle Roundtable: Last Night a DJ Saved My Life


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Justin Timberlake: Summer Love: At parties, my favorite activity ever is shouting until somebody plays this song and then making everybody dance with me. also, justin is so fly, can sing, dresses amazingly, is funny, can dance, and is besties with ellen. basically, he’s my ideal woman.

Santogold: Starstruck: I once heard this song in an episode of csi: new york playing in the background while they examined evidence. if you’ve ever heard this song, you know that the only time it should ever be used as a soundtrack is if the people on screen are having sex. i.e. it’s too hot for words.




OH MY GOD, THIS IS IMPOSSIBLE. Narrowing my party playlists down to just 5 songs is a HUGE task – and I feel like there’s SO MUCH that I left out – the Sounds were crowded out at the last minute because I realised I’d named only bands with [mostly] chick singers. These are songs I would expect to hear at my own badass dance party:

The Pipettes – “Pull Shapes
The Pipettes combine two of my favourite eras of rock music – the girl groups of the 1960s and the “new” new wave of the early 2000s. They’re sort of like if Phil Spector held up Le Tigre at gunpoint (too soon?). This was the first song I ever heard by them, and it’s just absolute pure perfect pop bliss – the songITSELF is about how good the music is. Full disclosure: this song is #1 in my iTunes and always will be.

Siouxsie & the Banshees – “Cities in Dust
GOTH NIIIIGHT. One of the best songs ever from one of the best bands ever, and for my crowd of friends this song is the fucking BIBLE. Siouxsie songs wereMADE for dancing, and nothing else sounds better when I’m plastered.

Joan Jett & the Blackhearts – “Do You Wanna Touch Me?
OK, this one isn’t usually dance party fare, but this is my party and this song will always elicit an inappropriately loud positive response from me – moreso if I’m bombed (and let’s face it…). Odds are good I will shout along, and the friends accompanied to the party will regret being seen with me in public. I always secretly wanted the Distillers to cover this one.

Murder City Devils – “Boom Swagger Boom
For whatever reason, I’ve been on a Murder City Devils kick this week.. They make me feel more like a badass. This is a good song for the following activities: drinking whiskey, dancing, making out with sexy strangers. Best party ever.

The B-52’s – “Dance This Mess Around
It is not a party without the B-52’s. Sure, “Love Shack” may be more popular and “Mesopotamia” is better designed for dancing like an idiot, but “Dance This Mess Around” is THE jam. The song calls for the listener to do all sixteen dances, although it doesn’t list all of them – and the Camel Walk, the Aqua Velva, the Dirty Dog, the Shy Tuna etc. lend themselves to awesome interpretation.


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Bell Biv Devoe-Poison Listen to this song and try not to do the running man, I dare you. I have found it impossible not to (and my running man looks more like a running octopus). This song came out when I was two years old but provides valuble life advice ”Never trust a big butt and a smile.”

Santigold-Creator I’m not a big hip-hop person except for Satigold. This is the only song I will ever attempt to rap along with, and if you’ve ever heard me do it it’s obvious I’ve missed my calling.



Live your Life – T.I. featuring Rihanna: because “never mind what haters say ” is sort of my favorite phrase right now.

Low – T-Pain: … because don’t you have a pair of “apple-bottom jeans” too?

To Be With You – Mr. Big: This one reminds me of 2003, which was both absolutely horrible and absolutely wonderful. And Riese. Also, Mr. Big’s hair is envious. I would KILL for that volume.



Kaki King- Lintoria—> Because it’s Kaki King and I love her. It is a song with great emotion and I have a lot of feelings when I listen to this song , all positive of course. The new EP is just incredebly good, a little more rough but it worked out really well ( I can go on about the psychology of Kaki’s lates ep but that would take me to far)

Noisettes- Don’t upset the rhythm—> I love their version. The singer has a great voice and the band creates some awesome athmosphere. This is a song I can truely go mental-dancy on.




Killing In The Name – Rage Against The Machine. This song is so powerful and raw and energetic. Most importantly, it has really good cowbell.

When I Come Around – Green Day. I hear the opening riff and I get excited. I sorta lost myself in their Dookie album as a kid, and the songs off it still have the ability to amp me up.

crystal-axel-rosePatience – Guns N’ Roses. What is not to love about Guns N’ Roses. This song makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside, it’s perfect for when the party is winding down and someone picks up the acoustic guitar.

Supermassive Black Hole – Muse. Whenever this song comes on, I can’t help but to sing it. I’ve never been a singer, I can’t say this about any other song.

Addicted To Bass, by Puretone ft. Amiel. There was a time, as a teen, when I wore a lot of black and refused to listen to anything that wasn’t heavy rock. I still wear black, but this song really opened my eyes to the world of pop. I’ve put the clip below because it’s Australian and so you probably don’t know it. Go on, I dare you to not tap your foot.



My first choice would have to be Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond. Before you judge — know it’s for truly sentimental reasons. This song is played during the eighth inning of every Red Sox game. The whole crowd sings along. Last summer in Dublin I was walking around temple bar when I heard a crowd singing this song — I found my new home for a week. Also, I may or may not have taught a class of four-year-olds the chorus …

2. Blame it by Jamie Foxx just because it seems to be one of those songs I will only listen to while in a drunken state of mind. No one has said any Lady Gaga?

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  1. haha tink is I see tinkerbell a hidden track?..or maybe its on the new limited ed. vinyl…

    so happy the ones I almost picked but didn’t made the list somehow!( patience and do you wanta touch were in my top 5)
    Also looking forward to getting”drunkity-drunk-drunk with 220 other girl-on-girls” soon.

    • While putting together the roundtable —

      Alex: “does uh huh her have a song called I see tinkerbell?”
      Riese: “No.”
      Alex: “then what the hell? why’d she pick a song that doesn’t exist?”
      Riese: “Alex, you’re asking me to explain why my stuffed dog that I pretend is a real puppy picked a non-existent song for its top five songs.”

  2. Niiice, I definitely almost picked “One More Time” by Daft Punk as well. That song starts gentle, hits this great pulse, let’s you catch your breath, then brings it up and keeps it in that perfect spot until it lets you down easy. It’s an auralgasm.

    I also really really wanted to pick “Faith” by George Michael (which I may or may not have performed in a drag show back in college…)

  3. i love everything about this roundtable. particularly the parts by carlytron. my suitemate sophomore year of college played missy elliot’s 4 my people every day before she went out. and then we’d do shots…and then we’d make out. she is now happily married, but damn…those were some fond memories.

  4. Oh Carly I LOVE the extended Getting Bodied version! I learned some of the choreography too! I dance my (out-of-shape) ass off to the song everytime.
    My car could be busted, my boyfriends being an ass, my goldfish died, and a sprained ankle; and I will still get bodied!

    • i almost got into a fight all up in the club because someone tried to prevent me from getting bodied. i kid you not.

      • LOL. That’s amazing! I hardly ever dance at the club but this comes on and I show out!!

  5. Had I thought about my list for more than 2 minutes at 1:30am (I thought being impulsive might help me rank something for once…) I may have swapped out the Eminem for some Missy E but now that I see Carlytron has pretty much included her entire catalogue I feel better :D Except my #1 Missy pick/feeling right now would be We Run This (Stick It edit)…

  6. Lots of good picks, I’m so sad that I’ll miss it :( I like that people already suggested Missy, can’t really go wrong with her and Timbaland. As for LL? I’d pick Around the Way Girl myself. Anyways.

    How about something cheesy like I See You Baby (Shakin’ That Ass) by Groove Armada?

    You can’t go wrong with I Touch Myself by Divinyls.

    Add A Little Respect by Erasure for that 80’s feel.

    Another Night by the Real McCoys.

    Suavemente by Elvis Crespo for some Latin flair.

    Finally, this is going to sound odd but I heard a techno version of Jolene by Dolly Parton that was pretty frickin good. I’m not sure where I downloaded it from, maybe Rich at FourFour?

  7. there are a handful of songs i love that are a hit at local bars, but wouldn’t really make it too far anywhere else (think: irish drinking songs) –so, instead here are a couple of other picks:
    pink – u & ur hand (i can’t help myself..)
    yelle – je veux te voir (same reason as katrina’s yelle pick)
    wigfield – saturday night (because it never gets old)

  8. can we just note that my face = carly’s face backwards?

    in addition, this is about to become the greatest playlist my ipod has ever seen.

  9. Ohh good stuff! (:

    Just a susggestion here, but Paul Oakenfold’s Madonna – “Give It To Me” remix is lovely.

  10. madonna’s “intervention” — the dj ander standing remix

    or pretty much any of the “what it feels like for a girl” remixes

    Basically, Madonna, madonna, madonna, forever. theend.

  11. oh my, now I have to listen to “summer love”. this song happened when the summer was hot even where I lived and I’d drink white wine with a friend who was as heartbroken as me.

    also: “like a prayer” when you’re dancing with a lady you like. I’m cheesy when drunk, admitting it here first. (not)

    no diggity is where my roommate and me would simultaneously shout “our jam”. “I like the way you work is” is best said at any occasion whatsoever. actually, there is a really nice cover version/mash-up with “grandma’s hands” (though the “fanvideo” is rather odd here):
    so, no diggity is our partysong. the mash-up is the song we listen to when we’re doing 1000 piece puzzles in my room.

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