New Year’s Eve Playlist 2011/2 (for those we missed)

A Happy New Year’s Eve’s Eve’s Eve to all o the. As a reasonable open-minded man in his mid to late 20s (quiet you!) I listen to & experience a vast assortment of musical tastes and genre-hopping radio stations/events/gigs. With that in mind I have prepared a rough playlist for NYE 2011/12 which attempts to meet as many expectations as any one houseparty can comprising folk of mostly a similar demographic (whilst ignoring Britpop/Indie & Dance bollix wherever possible).

Being far from an exact science I would as ever appreciate any feedback or glaring omissions relating to my sometimes very linear-minded pursuit of pleasurable compiling. This list also includes the 12 lamented souls who departed us this year from my previous musical obituary.

Surefire Party Opener

Prince & The NPG – Jam of the Year (Woah! Everybody’s actually here, my own party hasn’t failed)

The trio of obligatory despair (get ‘em outta tha way)

U2 – New Year’s Day

Abba – Happy New Year

John & Yoko – (Just Like) Starting Over

Get the Party Started for realsies

Harry Webb aka Cliff Richard aka Satan My Master – Wired for Sound (All speaker sizes welcome)

Cat Empire – Get The Party Started (cause Pink can go suck her mother’s dick)

Cheryl Lynn – Got to be Real (from Carlito’s Way soundtrack as is…)

Sylvia Robinson – Pillowtalk (perhaps a little saucy for pre-watershed)

Prince – 1999/Housequake (Shut up already, DAMN!)

Cool smoke machine guys...either that or peas for lunch

Heavy D (RIP) & The Boyz – The Overweight Lover’s In The House (probably the bathroom)

Young MC – Bust A Move (“Standin’ on the wall like you was a poindexter”)

Dobie Gray (RIP) – Out on the Floor (“I’m gonna get my kicks…”)

Mayer Hawthorne – Your Easy Lovin’ Ain’t Pleasin’ Nothin? (Dat’s a whole lotta g’s missin’)

Toddla T – Badman Flu (“Temperature! TEMPERATURE!” Samples Lyn Collins’ excellent Think About It)

SBTRKT – Wildfire (From one of the best dance records of the year)

Chic – Everybody Dance (Bernard Edwards cuts some rug & Nile Rogers reprasentz)

Pleasure – Joyous (12″ for the full 6 1/2 minute sultry stringed guitar climax)

Candi Staton – Young Hearts Run Free (Gay/liberation/Post-apartheid power anthem that just can’t be ignored)

"My mind must be free to learn all I can about me" - Something tells me maybe you already are sister

Kool & The Gang – Celebration/Jungle Boogie (Former: relevant. Latter: too funky)

James Brown – Sex Machine (cause someone always feels like being a…)

Eddie Murphy – Party All The Time

Rick James (Biiitch) – Give It To Me Baby (Disturbingly intimidating producer of Eddie Murphy in the previous vid)

Stevie Wonder – We Can Work It Out (Most soulful Beatles cover ever. End of)

Fats Domino – Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except For Me & My Monkey

Lionel Ritchie – All Night Long (So many words for party: Samba Fiesta Jambo Jambo)

Captain Beefheart – Her Eyes Are A Blue Million Miles (from The Big Lebowski)

Howlin’ Wolf – Moanin at Midnight (wedged somewhere betwixt Maiden & Priest)

Bill Tapia – I Wanna Learn To Speak Hawaiian (oh but he could with his fingers)

Cod rock/metal pre-erection section

Passing Stones – Start Me Up (preferably with video link-up)

Warrant – Cherry Pie (dedicated to Jani Lane)

Tucky Buzzard – Time Will Be Your Doctor (Lost Classic according to erm Classic Rock)

Iron Maiden – 2 Minutes to Midnight (Self-explanatory)

Europe – Final Countdown (Guitar solo climax right on the ‘stroke’ of midnight)

Judas Priest – Living After Midnight (See Maiden 2 cuts above)

Kiss – Rock & Roll All Night (cue tongue-waggling contest)

Dead Kennedys – Too Drunk to Fu*k (Don’t worry kids, that was probably how you were made)

Somewhere down the barrel i.e. until the wee hours (does the playlist still have principles?)

Faithless – Insomnia (I can’t get no sleep & it’s not just the cheap speed dammit)

Grace Jones – Slave 2 the Rhythm (Never stop the action – Keep it up)

Only Grace can make flossing for spinach look chic

Cool Down aka Vocal Acrobatics & Dodgy Duets

Bert Jansch & John Renbourn – Goodbye Pork Pie Hat (Charles Mingus Jnr. cover)

John Barry Orchestra – Born Free (then somebody caught me)

Love Unlimited Orchestra – Love’s Theme (for that schmaltzy smoochin’)

Hint: His Iceberg is in his bedroom but WHATTA moan!

The Impressions – Fool For You

Ben E. King – Stand By Me (written by Jerry Leiber RIP & Mike Stoller)

Sam Cooke – You Gotta Move (or anything from 63’s Night Beat album)

Otis Redding – Shout Bamalama (because we said so)

Ashford & Simpson – Reunited (and so begins the triple threat of wailing unisex duets)

Cher & Meatloaf – Dead Ringer For Love

Release the Hounds (Relevant & often nostalgic bleary-eyed body-swaying bawlers)

Urban Voodoo Machine – Goodbye to Another Year (thank you Guardian music for hippin’ me 2 get wit dis)

Tom Waits – New Year’s Eve (from his latest LP Bad as Me ends with Auld Lang Syne)

Die Roten Rosen/Dropkick Murphys/UK Subs/Insert favourite band’s live NYE bootleg here – Auld Lang Syne (cover)

Trembling Bells & Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – New Year’s Eve’s The Loneliest Night of the Year (Warning: Good Houseclearer)

Sarah Brightman & Andrea Bocelli – Time to Say Goodbye

Alt Themes/Options (Play the Wildcard);

Captain Beefheart Tribute – socially very alienating & divisive between fans & other

Norwegian Death Metal – as with Beefheart with additional problems of misanthropy)

Major Lazer Daggering Dance-off back before Beyonce completely misunderstood

"I knew I never shoulda let Major Lazer be cultural ambassador"

OR Classic Detroit Techno up in this biiiiitch? OR even all four until people start passing out.

OR We could just leave this thread here eh? Me thinks it would probably be safest.

Word up y’alls next year

PEACE 2K 2 tha + ’12 (or for readers over 25 ‘do be good’ – i was never an original badbwoy)

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