I'm Free (Tony Howard)
Kindaí slow for our Boppers but Shaggers should find it acceptable
although they might like it better with a little positive pitch. Nice
and bluesey. DJ Mike: I agree, plus
it about 3 percent and youíve got a song for either Boppers or Shaggers.
Definitely a great voice for this kind of song.
Smokey Places (Joel)
DJ Mike: Take a great old song, mix in
a stronger beat, add a good vocalist and youíve got a winner. Our people
are already responding to this great old Corsairs hit.
DJ Jim: Right on Mike. Our dancers
will hear this one as a Cha Cha but Shaggers should like this tune as
well. I like it better than the original.
Jacobís Ladder (Maurice Williams)
DJ Jim: A gospel tune and Lord knows I
love emí but I donít care for this as a dance tune. I think you could Shag
to it just fine and our Boppers would be ok with it, Iím just not crazy
about the beat. DJ Mike: Definitely
doesnít grab you at first and the vocals strike me as being a bit muddy
but it grows on you as you listen to it. Still, itís probably not one I
would play often.
Red Corvette (Gene Miller)
DJ Mike: Gosh what am I gonnaí say
about this one, itís nice but the vocals seem a little flat. Talking
instead of singing. Doesnít seem to grab yaí. DJ
Jim: I agree, I donít find the vocals to be very exciting. The
song isnít bad but it doesnít have an exciting sound. Kick it up a bit and
itís got the potential to be a great Bop style tune. Itís probably not one
Iíd play often.
Shake A Hand (Toni Williams)
DJ Jim: Now this oneís got soul. A
great Gospel tune with a sound Shaggers should love but I can tell you
Boppers will be all over the floor. This girlís got a great gospel voice.
I really like this song. DJ Mike: Our
dancers love songs with a gospel slant. This one is definitely ďIn The
PocketĒ. It gives you a good feeling while youíre dancing, something you
canít say about every song we play.
Come What May (Daddy Kool)
DJ Mike: Well Jim, I think weíve found
the one ďclinkerĒ in the bunch. Soundís like karaoke night at the lounge.
This song just isnít up to par with the rest of the album.
DJ Jim: Well, I know what you mean.
Some of the vocals on this song actually warble. I donít mean to be unkind
but I find myself wondering what type of dance to do to this song. I donít
hear it as a Shag song, it definitely isnít a Bop tune, I canít imagine
West Coasterís liking it. I just donít know what to do with it. Itís kinda
ďcuteĒ just not a play song for me.
Here I Stand (Daddy Kool)
DJ Jim: Can this be the same singer?
Now weíre talkiní. Sounds like old school, I hear the fifties, Shakin
Stevens, Shagginí or Boppiní. I canít say the vocals are much different
than the last tune but I love the sound of this song.
DJ Mike: Obviously Mr. Kool is more
comfortable with the stilted style of fifties songs. This song plays well
as a Cha Cha and probably will be played a lot. Our age group will
definitely know the song and the sound will keep them on the floor.
Move Across The River (Tony Howard)
DJ Mike: Cool, put on your danciní
shoes youíll be hittiní the floor on this one. Tony puts a slightly
different spin on an old favorite. Our group considers this song one of
their signature songs as do our friends up north, The Cincinnati Bop Club.
Iím already getting a tremendous reaction to this song, itís definitely a
keeper. DJ Jim: Oh Yeah! Man I
couldnít agree more. This song really cooks. Iíve always loved Move Across
The River and I think I like this version best of all. Needless to say
Boppers will love this song but I think Shaggers will dig it as well. It
might be a bit fast for some Shaggers but I still think it works well.
Itís got a great beat that keeps your feet moviní.
Blue Moon (Joe Graziani)
DJ Jim: Iím used to heariní this one
as Blue Moon Of Kentucky an old Bill Monroe Bluegrass song. This song has
a great sound. Kind of Rock-A-Billy country bop. This song works equally
well for Boppers and Shaggers. I think this song will play well in our
part of the country. DJ Mike: Once in
a ďBlue MoonĒ you hear a remake that makes your ears perk up. This is that
song. Joeís done a great job incorporating two great states in one great
song. I plus it 2 to 3 percent but it works straight up as well. Great job
Hey Baby (SugarBees)
DJ Mike: Another ďfloor fillerĒ from
The SugarBees, whoíve been on a roll lately. Itís got everything you need
for a hit song. Great vocals, great instrumentation, and a hook that
really pulls you out of your seat. Weíll be playing this one for a long
time. DJ Jim: Off The SugarBees CD ďMy
Babyís Got ItĒ . This is one great song off one great CD. Iíve been
playing this one for quite some time and I can tell you from experience
itíll draw Boppers to the dance floor by the droves. I like to Shag
personally and this one's got the perfect beat and speed to make the
Shaggers happy, happy, happy. Iíve said it before and Iíll say it again,
ďThe SugarBees Rock!
Stone In Love With You (Joel)
DJ Jim: Well, the vocals arenít as
good as The Stylistics version but itís definitely more up-tempo. I think
the original version is definitely a Shag tune although Iíd probably plus
it just a bit. I think this version is too fast for Shagging and Iím not
playiní it for Boppers. Itís too fast for the West Coast crowd so I guess
Iíll just have to keep this one in the case. DJ
Mike: Definitely aimed at Swing dancers although Iíd probably
minus it about 3 percent. Itís not a bad song but not one that would be in
my rotation on a regular basis. Iíd probably play it to get an initial
reaction and go from there.
Summertime (Clay Brown)
DJ Mike: Nice Shag Smoothie that
should play well with the West Coast crowd. Ample opportunity to show off
your Shag or Swing moves. I might minus it a few percent for the Swing
dancers. DJ Jim: I agree, the Shaggers
and Swing dancers should really like this song. It wonít play to Bop
dancers but hey, thatís the breaks. Personally, this isnít my kind of
sound. I really like songs with a hard hittiní beat and this is a little
smoother than I usually like but itís a good song.
There Is A God (Joe Simon)
DJ Jim: Aaahh Yes! Joe Simon, man this
guy exemplifies Gospel for me and this song is just great. Shaggers should
eat this one up. Itís got just the right tempo to really shine and it
makes you feel great at the same time. Our group just loves this kind of
song. What can I say, I love it. DJ Mike:
I agree, although I think it drags just a little bit in the beginning it
builds as it goes along until it has you clapping your hands in the end.
We could have a Sunday morning gospel hour with Joe Simon songs. He does a
great job, welcome back Joe.