Sunday, March 21, 2010

I'm Gonna Rock & Roll All Night

... although I don't have time to party every day.

Last night I played a rock set at my own bar. Obviously, I normally play house/dance/techno when I'm DJ'ing, so some people would assume that this was a bit of a departure. However, I tend to listen to more rock & indie music at home than dance music, and my DJ career actually started off with me playing rock sets at residence parties in university, before I even started playing dance music at the club in the mid-1990's.

I had a good crowd last night, which was mostly just sitting back enjoying the cheap draught, rather than getting up on the dance floor. I was able to be a bit more selective in my picks than I would have been if I'd had a crowded dance floor. That's good, because I can only play "Like A Prayer" or "Sweet Child Of Mine" or "Mr. Jones" so many times without it withering my soul.

Here's a set list, for anyone who is curious. I focused mostly on classic rock, and didn't actually fit in as much recent indie as I would have liked, but it was still a fun night.

01. Midnight Oil, “Blue Sky Mine”
02. Garbage, “#1 Crush”
03. U2, “Mysterious Ways”
04. Audioslave, “Be Yourself”
05. Fun Lovin’ Criminals, “Scooby Snacks”
06. Hoodoo Gurus, “Hayride To Hell”
07. Johnny Cash, “Cocaine Blues”
08. Billy Bragg & Wilco, “Hot Rod Hotel.”
09. Tragically Hip, “Nautical Disaster”
10. Jefferson Airplane, “White Rabbit”
11. Tom Petty, “American Girl”
12. Jimi Hendrix, “Hey Joe”
13. Pearl Jam, “Alive”
14. Aerosmith, “Rag Doll”
15. George Thorogood, “Memphis Marie”
16. Foreigner, “Urgent”
17. Genesis, “Mama”
18. Talking Heads, “Psycho Killer”
19. Radiohead, “Paranoid Android”
20. I Mother Earth, “One More Astronaut”
21. Live, “Selling The Drama”
22. Violent Femmes, “Add It Up”
23. Presidents, “Lump”
24. Adam Ant, “Goodie Two Shoes”
25. Spin Doctors, “Two Princes”
26. Bloodhound Gang, “Ballad Of Chaissie Lane”
27. Stone Roses, “Elephant Stone”
28. Survivor, “Eye Of The Tiger”
29. INXS, “What You Need”
30. Warren Zevon, “Werewolves Of London”
31. Cake, “I Will Survive”
32. Doors, “Peace Frog”
33. Soup Dragons, “Mother Universe”

Incidentally, if anyone wants to see set lists of what I played at any other shows, check out these forums:

That doesn't have every live show that I've done, but it's got quite a few of them, no matter what the style was.

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