Friday 30 June 2017

A little bit of Monica (records I expect to hear at weddings)

When we RSVP'd Jim and Debs' recent wedding there was a lovely little question at the bottom of the ornate invitation card: what two records would we like Dave Double Decks to play at the evening do?
Well, that's easy: Blockbuster and Staying Out For The Summer. Songs that would drag me away from the buffet (maybe even the bar) and get me throwing a few shapes. As it happened I heard one and not the other; then again I was sidetracked for part of the evening. Don't ask.

Dave was on form. All the staples were there - you know the tunes I'm talking about - Whigfield's Saturday Night, Macarena, Come On EileenBlame It On The Boogie, Hi Ho Silver Lining*. Songs with actions, songs where pointing is obligatory.
But they all pale into insignificance compared to this little nugget. Mmm Bop is probably the best three minute pop song you can ever play at a wedding. Or any party. I can't put my finger on why. It's just perfect. And, as you can see from the video below, one of the reasons it works is because it still sounds brilliant with just three voices and one acoustic guitar. A true sign of a great song.

Hanson - Mmm Bop

* I'm guessing he played Hi Ho Silver Lining. I was out of earshot of the dance floor for a while. But he would have been lynched had he not, I'm sure.


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  2. Oh my goodness, they've all grown up - Never thought of it as a wedding song but I'll believe you!

  3. Throwing shapes? In public? It's been a very, very long time since I indulged in that kind of malarkey - probably the late 1980s. These days I'm the king of kitchen dancing, where I'm safe in the knowledge that neither of my left feet can do any damage.

    1. Throwing shapes? Sorry, I meant to say I look more like a man putting out a small fire.