In A Beach Music Mood by Rick Lawson.
Aaahhh Yes! Myrtle Beach all the way. This
one will definitely appeal to the Shaggers. It's smooth and sexy and
just right for Shaggin'. I think the West Coasters will love this one as
well since they tend to like these slower sultry tunes. Boppers, well
it's not bad but it's not a Bop tune. DJ
Mike: "In the pocket" and headed to
number one. This song bring together all the elements needed to make a
top song. Distinctive sound, top notch vocals, and a hook to draw you
right into the song. You just can't sit down when you hear this one.
Dance by Barbara Carr.
Yesiree, a little Hoochie song here. This
one's been a dance floor filler for quite some time now. Our dancers seem
to have a lot of fun with this one. It's a little risqué and that makes
our dancers smile and that's what it's all about.
DJ Jim: I hear ya' buddy. Barbara
Carr has always been one of my favorites. A little nasty, but smooth with
a ton of soul this is another one for the Shaggers among us. Even though
it's a little slower than our Boppers usually like, I think they
appreciate the sultry nature of this one and dance to it anyway. I
Back To Cheatin' by Charles Wilson.
DJ Jim: A
little Bop, a little Rhythm and Blues, this one is definitely great for
Bopping but it still works well for Shaggers and West Coasters. This
one's got a similar sound to the Barbara Carr song above. Another smooth
tune with a great back beat. DJ Mike: You're
definitely on the money about the similar sound. That theme has been
repeated in all previous "It's A Beach Thang" compilations.
That's not necessarily a bad thing. Ecko has a unique sound all their
own. As for this song I feel even though it's only listed as 112 BPM I
think I'd slow it down a bit more, maybe 2 or 3 percent to make it a bit
Boppier. DJ Jim: I agree, I think
it's faster than 112 beats per minute. I don't know whether it's the
sound of the song or maybe the beats are listed incorrectly, but it
sounds faster than 112.
Party by Quinn Golden.
DJ Mike: This
one's a nice change of pace. Our dancers will hear a Cha Cha on this one
but it's definitely a song suitable for the Shaggers. I think it's a
good song but I don't see myself playing this one very often. I just
think there are better songs on the album DJ Jim: I
like this one fairly well although I agree with DJ Mike, there are
better tunes on the CD. It's nice and smooth and it's a Cha Cha for
sure. I find myself feeling it's a better song for listening than it is
for dancing. It has soul and a good Rhythm and Blues sound. I like it
but I might not play it often if ever.
In The Day by Chuck Roberson.
DJ Jim: I
don't play many songs by Chuck Roberson. I guess his sound isn't what I'm
looking for most of the time. This is probably another in that vein.
It's a little funky. You could do a Cha Cha to it. You would definitely
call it a Shaggers song although I can't say that it distinguishes
itself from other songs which are just as good or better for Shagging. I
guess overall I like the song just fine but I don't hear anything that
makes me feel like I'll be spinning it anytime soon.
DJ Mike: This
one makes me want to break out my White suit and Bee Gee records, not
that I could still wear it and yes I know....I shouldn't even have
it...but shen Chuck goes sookie sookie now it just takes me back a ways.
Seriously it's a fun song the Hustle and West Coast crowd should like.
I'll play it occasionally.
Were Wrong by Sheba Potts-Wright.
DJ Mike: This
song's been on the charts for quite some time now but honestly I don't
really know why. It's just too slow to do much with. Like some of the
other songs on this Cd, it's nice to listen to but not one I would put
on my play list.
DJ Jim: I
agree. It's a Shag or West Coast tune and I do like the sound. Once
again I find I like listening to it more than I think I'd like playing
it. Of course, since we cater to the Bop crowd it lacks some of what we
look for in a song. If I were playing to Shaggers it's got more going
for it but I have to tell you, I think all these slow Shag style tunes
get boring after a while. I love a smoothie as much as the next person
but after a few tunes like this one I find I want to "Kick It Up A
The Juke Joint In This Town by Rick Lawson.
DJ Jim: Another
slow tempo but this one has a distinctive Rhythm and Blues sound rather
than a Beach sound. Playing for Boppers I tend to listen for this sound.
Even though it's got the sound I like I would need to speed this one up
3 or 4 percent and even then it would be a bit too slow for my tastes.
Once again I like the song I'm just not sure I'd play it very often.
DJ Mike: I
agree with DJ Jim, punchin' it up 3 or 4 percent would be the way to go.
But there is a contingent of our dancers who really enjoy the "Juke
Joint" sound with a slow grind. Rick has a good blues voice and it
doesn't drag as much as some of the others.
After My Freak by Lee Shot Williams.
DJ Mike: I
don't care for this one. The tempo's just a bit too busy to be a good
dance floor filler. Our Hustle dancers would probably like it while our
Boppers would head to the bar for a cold one while it plays.
DJ Jim: Another
slow Shag sound that the West Coasters and Hustle dancers would like. As
a matter of fact I hear this one distinctively as a West Coast swing
tune even more than a Shag tune. I like it, just not a lot.
DJ Mike: I have a question DJ Jim.
Since this album's full of Hoochies, Freaks, and Cheaters, do you think
anyone here is happily married. DJ Jim:
Well you wouldn't think so by listening would you but then it is
R & B and gettin' nasty is what it's all about.
DJ Mike: Amen Brother!
Been Partying At The Hole In The Wall by Barbara Carr.
DJ Jim: Typical
Barbara Carr. It's got her usual sound. Once again it's a bit slow for
my tastes but I tend to like Barbara Carr songs. Something about the way
she sings makes me feel like movin'.... Hmmmm.
DJ Mike: We're definitely giving
equal time to the Hoochie Mama's as well as the Hoochie Daddies but I
agree with you Jim, it definitely makes you want to move. I plus it
about 3 percent and our dancers seem to really enjoy it.
by Rick Lawson.
DJ Mike: I
guess for Rick, two our of three ain't bad. He has two other hits on
this CD so I guess it's ok to have one that just doesn't seem to be on
par. If I had to listen to this song for 24/7 I'd go nuts. It's too slow
and seems to drag and for Gods sake can't we change the theme a bit.
This CD seems to have the same sound on each song.
DJ Jim: You're
right, it's too slow to be exciting. You could Shag to this one but I'd
be afraid I might fall asleep midway through the song. Overall this CD
seems to be sticking to this Northern soul sound. Lots of Cha Cha aimed
squarely at Shaggers but by song 10 it's beginning to get a little
Your Candy Man by Chuck Roberson.
DJ Jim: More
soul. It's hard to tell when 24/7 stops and I'm You're
Candy Man starts. More Cha Cha, more slow tempos, still stickin' to
the nasty theme. Once again not a bad song for listening but I just
can't see myself playing this song for our dancers. I don't think I'd
play it for Shaggers either. It just doesn't do very much for me.
DJ Mike: At
least it seems like we're picking the tempo up a little bit. I'd be
tempted to play this one but I'd speed it up several percent and I'd
play it later in the night. Just remember kids he ain't talkin' bout'
This Dance Is Over by Bill Coday.
DJ Mike: Now
this is a nice song. Our dancers Cha Cha and Slow Dance to it. Bill
Coday definitely sticks to the same theme as the other songs on this CD
but keeps it a bit classier. I get a good reaction from our crowd when I
play this one. Shaggers should love this one.
DJ Jim: Typical
Bill Coday tune. Slow and sultry but as Mike says a bit cleaner than
some of the other tunes on this CD. I agree that the Shaggers will like
this one but our dancers often want something slower for a bit of belly-rubbin'
and this one's got what it takes for that for sure. Smooth and silky.
Strong Do Cry by Lee Shot Williams.
DJ Jim: Still
more soul and I have to tell you I hear a lot of echo in the vocals of
this song. I'm not sure I like the sound of it. Once again it's not a
bad song but I'm just tired of the same old sound at this point. I can't
say that I would ever play this tune. I'd call it a Shag or West Coast
song but it doesn't distinguish itself enough to justify playing.
DJ Mike: It
seem that Lee Shot is trying to channel Jerry Butler and Only The
Strong Survive. I think he misses the mark. I agree with you about
the vocals. It sounds a little like it was recorded in a well but I'm
glad to see the tempo picking up a bit. Still, I don't think I'll be
playing this one either.
Can't Stand It by Sunny Ridell.
A little funky, I think I can work with this one. Definitely more of a
Blues tune than the rest of the album, mainly because we've finally
changed songwriters. Punch it up 3 or 4 percent and we're got a good
song for our Boppers. I'll make sure I play it and see if I'm right. DJ
Jim: Right on. A little funky is right and it still has
that soul sound the rest of this CD has. I hear this as a Bop tune
although I too would speed it up a bit. As is stands it works well for
Shagging so it should appeal to a variety of dance styles. I'd play this