2013 – The April Playlists

April 26 – Village of Nyght

Captain’s Log, final entry of the month.  Star Date 1326.4
We’ve been in orbit around this graveyard for a while now, and it’s desolate.  So desolate.  The last couple of weeks have been a little on the lonely side at the Village of Nyght, with light crowds, and not so much interaction.  I don’t mind too much, as long as it doesn’t happen all the time.  After all, when it’s seriously slow, I can stick my nose in Photoshop during songs if I really need to keep myself entertained.

It was a light crowd, but a few die-hards appeared, and one of my best DJ friends turned up and we talked music.  Actually, it’s more of a major music geekery fest when she turns up, because we talk labels, band members, where people are from. and what the songs mean to us, and all that malarkey.  She’s astounded that I can play some of the more mainstream music, but appreciates that I know enough about the music to make it seem kind of obscure.

It’s a nice compliment and I’m going to run with it.  After all, here we have a DJ who prefers to play the synthpop of the 80s, EBM, occasional industrial, and a whole lot of Goth, so playing some of the more mainstream requests can be a trifle painful at times.  But, I’m not playing the music for me.  I’m playing it for the audience.  Generally, if it’s a song I can at least tolerate, I will play it, because if someone asks, they obviously really like it.  Of course, I try to find a spot in the set where the request will fit.  Musical speed bumps can be a bit painful.

However, I do have my limits.  There are artists I will not play.  Not now, not ever.  In this case, the needs of the one outweigh those who have musical taste that differs wildly from my own.   I have also been banned from playing Black Lace’s Agadoo.  I was not threatened with divorce, but I was told I’d be murdered in my sleep.  Yeah, sometimes real life does rear its head and can bite rather hard.

Here’s the playlist:

[Pre-party stream test]
Billy Squier – In the Dark
Styx – Too Much Time On My Hands
Giuffria – Call To The Heart
Planet P Project – Why Me
Muse – United States of Eurasia
Barron Knights – Mr. Rubik

[Main party set]
Sredni Eel Intro
Red Flag – Break the Spell (Cursed Mix)
Ladytron – Light & Magic
The Ting Tings – Great DJ (7th Heaven Remix)
Gotye – Eyes Wide Open
Apoptygma Berzerk – Unicorn
New Order – True Faith
The Cure – In Between Days (12″ Mix)
Tears for Fears – Mad World
Gary Numan – Are Friends Electric? (Icon Mix)
The Fixx – One Thing Leads To Another
*** DJ Dedication*** Weird Al Yankovic – Happy Birthday
Generation X – Dancing With Myself
The Cars – You Might Think
Go-Go’s – Our Lips Are Sealed
***REQUEST*** Laura Branigan – Self Control
The Soup Dragons – Divine Thing
***REQUEST*** Divinyls – Pleasure and Pain
***REQUEST*** Lenny Kravitz – Lady
The Replacements – I’ll Be You
Shriekback – Nemesis
Toto Coelo – I Eat Cannibals, Part I
***REQUEST*** The White Stripes – Icky Thump
Edwin Beekveld – They’re Taking the Hobbits to Isingaard
The Vapors – Isolated Case
The Church – Metropolis
Adrian H and the Wounds – She Won’t Leave Me Alone (The Bug Song)
Ashbury Heights – Dancer’s Nocturne
David Bowie – The Jean Genie
***REQUEST*** Carlos Santana – Black Magic Woman (Rudy Retro Dynamic Cool Remix)
Queen – A Kind Of Magic
The Cars – Magic
ELO with Olivia Newton John – Magic
Depeche Mode – Dreaming of Me


April 20 – Village of Nyght
Dystopian Sci Fi

It isn’t often I do two sets in as many days.  It isn’t that I don’t like to DJ.  I love it.  But Inspiration hits at the most inopportune times, so I found myself chomping at the bit thinking about things to make for my store as I played music for my friends.

This week’s party was a theme suggested by your humble narrator.  Second Life clubs so often go for “Best in (fill in the blank), or “Cum as UR” (whatever that is), so I have this allergic reaction to the usual malarkey.  Dystopian Sci Fi, the darker side of human nature with robots and famine, typically, is rife with many great movies, so I figured it would be a great idea for a theme.  Besides, there’s some really fun music in the theme.

It just goes to show that sometimes you end up with the best laid plans of mice and men.  The party was lightly attended, though a couple of very old friends made an appearance, which gave me a warm fuzzy.  And the conversation was great fun.  So I really can’t complain.  Nobody would listen anyway.

So, without further ado, or pomp and circumstance, and stuff, here’s the playlist:

Sredni Eel Intro
Rock and Hyde – What Children Say
Spencer Spencer – Don’t Do This and Don’t Do That
The Psychedelic Furs – Heartbeat
The Cramps – Goo Goo Muck
The Polecats – Make a Circuit With Me
Beat Farmers – Happy Boy
Spot 1019 – True Story (Boy Am I Glad My Cat’s Not Dead)
The Fixx – Deeper and Deeper (Long Version)
Oingo Boingo – Just Another Day
David Bowie – Big Brother/Chant of the Ever Circling Skeletal Family
The Cars – Candy-O
Danielle Dax – Cat House
Pearl Harbor & The Explosions – Shut Up and Dance
Trans-X – Ich Leibe Dich
Peter Schilling – The Noah Plan
Visage – In the Year 2525
***REQUEST*** Carlos Santana – Black Magic Woman(Rudy Retro Dynamic Cool Remix)
Daily Planet – Paris and Rome
Eurythmics – Sex Crime (Nineteen Eighty Four)
Thermostatic – I Want to Be A Marilyn
The Cruxshadows – Valkyrie
Ladytron – Little Black Angel
***REQUEST*** Adele – Rolling in the Deep (Twist the Black Box Remix)
Underwater Pilots – Ice Cream
The Vapors – Spiders
The Knack – Good Girls Don’t
The Damned – Grimly Fiendish (Bad Trip Mix)
Neu! – After Eight
The Stooges – TV Eye
Cliff Richard feat. The Young Ones – Living Doll
Hazel O’Connor – Eighth Day
Boole – Mr. Roboto
Revolting Cocks – Attack Ships on Fire
Diary of Dreams – Bladerunner (Directors Cut Mix)
BAK XIII – New Wave Party
Our Daughter’s Wedding – Lawnchairs
Rabbit in the Moon – Let’s Dance
Hitchhiker’s Guide – So Long and Thanks for All the Fish


April 19 – Slugfest at Shoggy’s Tavern

Candace Bethune approached me for a spot of DJing at Shoggy’s at the Arkham sim.  If you haven’t been to Arkham or to Dunwich, it’s probably time you’ve gone.  Especially if you are into H.P.Lovecraft and the turn of the century.  There’s horror to be had, people!

The party wasn’t well attended, mostly because there’s so much other stuff going on during the festival.  Our party coincided with a massive paintball tournament, and the grand opening of the Fantasy Fair elsewhere on the grid.  I’m okay with that, however, as I was feeling a bit headache-riddled, and the low-key atmosphere did wonders.

Here’s the playlist:

Echo & the Bunnymen – The Game
A Flock of Seagulls – Ordinary Man
Magazine – Shot By Both Sides
Department S – Going Left Right
Trans-X – Safety Dance (Alternate Mix)
Strange Advance – Love Games
The Cars – It’s All I Can Do
Pretentious, Moi? – Living Dead and Undecided
Rosetta Stone – Subterfuge
Murray Head – One Night in Bangkok
Sigue Sigue Sputnik – Atari Baby
Trans-X – Living on Video
Einsenfunk – Pong
BAK XIII – I Love My C64
Brainclaw – Games Without Frontiers
Lights of Euphoria – Wicked Games
Buckner and Garcia – Pac-Man Fever
Nine Inch Nails – Closer (Super Mario Remix)
Lord of the Lost – Bad Romance
Darkest of the Hillside Thickets – Shoggoths Away
Ebba Gron – 800
Brian Eno – Third Uncle
Aphex Twin – Tetris
Daily Planet – Milky Way
Fairlight Children – 808 Bit
Mi-Sex – Computer Games
Siouxsie & the Banshees – The Passenger
Yes – White Car
Gary Numan – Cars
Echo and the Bunnymen – Never Stop
Fields of the Nephilim – Preacher Man
Queen – I’m Going Slightly Mad
*** Request *** Oasis – Live Forever
David Bowie – Queen Bitch
The Undertones – Teenage Kicks
Ramones – Makin’ Monsters for my Friends
Toy Dolls – Jitterbug


April 13 – Saturday at the Village of Nyght

I opened my big mouth to the Dunwich sim owner and told her that my birthday is on the 16th, so I was going to play whatever the heck I wanted.  She said, “Okay, that’s fine.  Then you can come up with this week’s theme.”

After some contemplation and head scratching, I sent her a message that “Subculture Clash” would make for a fun theme.  I had no idea what it meant, but since themes left open to interpretation tend to be pretty p0pular (unless they’re dismal failures), I figured we could work with this somehow.  Of course, it was all a diabolical plan by which I get people to accept that there was no way I would play anything truly heinous.  Like Celine Dion.  Then again, anyone who knows me knows I don’t have anything from that girl in my collection.  I have a severe allergy, you see…

Thanks to my friend Marie, who had the foresight to tell her vampire clan to converge and take over the party, we had a giant crowd.  Giant.  Big enough for my Second Life viewer to tell me, “Uh, excuse me, but I have to crash now.  And I need to crash hard.  Kthx.”

Never fear!  Your intrepid DJ managed to get back online before the end of the song that was playing when the crash forced me into real life land.  In spite of the crash, or maybe because of it, I had a great time. There were lots of requests and lots of birthday wishes.  Thanks to everyone who came out and made my 45th birthday as fun as it could be.

Here’s the playlist.  Enjoy.
Pre-party testing stream section
Ladytron – Little Black Angel
Underwater Pilots – Ice Cream
Rabbit in the Moon – Let’s Dance
Boole – Everyday is Halloween
Cold Cave – Heaven was Full

Main party tunes
David Bowie – Scream Like a Baby
***Request*** And One – So Klingt Liebe
March Violets – Snake Dance (Extended Mix)
The Human League – Do or Die
China Crisis – Working With Fire and Steel
The Spoons – Nova Heart (12 Inch Mix)
Icicle Works – Whisper to a Scream (Birds Fly)
Red Rockers – China
OMD – Helen of Troy
*** Request***The Cure *** Doing the Unstuck
Marvin the Paranoid Android – Reasons to be Paranoid
Strapped – Edna
*** Request***Peter Gabriel *** Big Time
Fun Boy Three – Our Lips Are Sealed
Professor Elemental – Fighting Trousers
***Request*** Skid Row – 18 and Life
*** Request***Dead or Alive – I’ll Save You All My Kisses
*** Request*** Erasure – Rain
***Request*** When in Rome – The Promise (Covenant Mix)
Camouflage – The Great Commandment
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Slave
Garbage – Hammering in my Head
***Request***Siouxsie and the Banshees – Kiss Them for Me
Iggy Pop – Bang Bang
***Request***Dead Milkmen – Punk Rock Girl
***DJ Dedication (to myself)*** The Smiths – Unhappy Birthday
***Request*** Steam Powered Giraffe – Me & My Baby (Saturday Night)
Lou Reed – I Love You, Suzanne (introduced as Celine Dion)
***Request*** Carlos Santana – Black Magic Woman (Rudy Retro Dynamic Cool Remix)
***Request*** Smashing Pumpkins – Disarm
David Bowie – Cactus
Front 242 – Headhunter
Ministry – Land of Rape and Honey
Red Flag – Once Past Twice Future (Twice Shy)
Monty Python – Always Look on the Bright Side of Life
Love & Rockets – Kundalini Express
Siouxsie and the Banshees – Cities in Dust (Extended Mix)
Gary Numan – A Question of Faith (Anubian Mix)
Toy Dolls – Dig That Groove, Baby


Well it’s another fine month, and here’s another fine crop of playlists.  April may end up being a busy month for your humble narrator, since not only is the Village of Nyght hopping, but there will be a party at Slugfest, which is a sort of gamer’s convention in Second Life.  It’s also my Birthday month, so it’s a time for celebration.

We had a masquerade at the Village tonight.  We had a raucous crowd, Edwina the Ghost was in fine form with her usual bout of verbal vomit and non-sequitors, and there was virtually no lag.  It was also the day before Flenser’s Birthday, so we all mortified him with birthday greetings and I gave him my compulsory birthday song.  Flenser is a sort of mascot, a good friend, and an excellent dragon.  There are a few DJ dedications in the list tonight, plus some requests, and a musical speedbump or two.  I was asked to play Bruno Mars, but I have a sneaking suspicion his music would have derailed things quite a lot.  I’ve heard the name, and probably heard his music, but it seems a little forgettable since I can’t think of even one of his songs.  I may have to hit youtube later just to see what that guy is really all about.

So, without further ado, here’s what got played.

Saturday, April 6 – Village of Nyght
Happy Mondays – 24 Hour Party People
The Aller Vaerst – Du sklei Men Sa Naer Innpa Livit
Siouxsie and the Banshees – The Passenger
Talk Talk – Talk Talk
Frontline Assembly – Provision
Department S – Going Left Right
Doppelganger – Sins of October
Chants of Maldoror – We Stand Alone
Yello – Desire
Siouxsie and the Banshees – Face To Face
Children on Stun – Beginning of the End
The Mission – Vampire the Masquerade
XP8 – Drop the Mask
Pop Will Eat Itself – Mask
Tubeway Army – My Shadow in Vain
The Knack – My Sharona
Toni Basil – Mickey
The Ting Tings – That’s Not My Name
***Birthday Dedication*** Altered Images – Happy Birthday
Plastic Bertrand – Ca Plane Pour Moi
***REQUEST*** Magazine – Shot by Both Sides
Adam and the Ants – Ant Music
OMD – Metroland
***REQUEST***Echo and the Bunnymen – The Killing Moon (Florence + the Machine Remix)
Kim Wilde – Cambodia
Altered Images – Pinky Blue
The Human League – Empire State Human
***DJ Dedication***Roxy Music – Let’s Stick Together (’88 Mix)
Depeche Mode – Everything Counts (Absolut Remix)
Gary Numan – Are Friends Electric? (Icon Mix)
The Cure – A Night Like This
Love & Rockets – No New Tale to Tell
Shriekback – Go Bang
The Sisters of Mercy – Ribbons
The Jesus and Mary Chain – Head On
***REQUEST*** Psychedelic Furs – Heaven
***DJ Dedication***Shriekback – Nemesis
Bauhaus – The Passion of Lovers
***REQUEST*** Journey – Separate Ways
David Bowie – Cracked Actor
Pretentious, Moi? – Living Dead and Loving It
Toy Dolls – Nellie the Elephant


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