Tuesday, March 11

groovy muzak*

swirly & me doing an 80's dance to Like a Virgin by Madonna, taken by susannah

I was so inspired and impressed with your unique Christmas song suggestions last year that I am going to consult you groovy peeps on a totally different kind of music.

While walking on the beach yesterday, I realized that most of my playlists on my iPod were pretty mellow and folksy. It sort of slowed down my speed, so I'd love to make a few playlists that bring a kick to my step and make me want to groove, run, throw up my arms and spin around. I have a few songs but not enough because I tend to play more chill music in my studio all day.

I'd love some suggestions for songs that make you want to shake your body rather than sit down and smoke a dube.

I'm off to Swirly's for a few days of healin', lovin' and snugglin'.

Peace to all of you beauties.


Blogger Brandi Reynolds said...

'Music' by Madonna (gotta continue the Madonna theme!)

'Party like it's 1999' by Prince

'Don't stop believing' by Journey (yes, really *grin*)

'fighter' Christina Aguilera

'hella good' No Doubt

March 11, 2008 at 3:30:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i am proud to say i know the words to the 8th Wonder by the Sugarhill Gang. and because i do , this makes me feel pretty damn cool. because its a lot of words. like way. and there aint no way id be dubing out to this song ~ shakes my ass right off the chair!

March 11, 2008 at 3:36:00 PM PDT  
Blogger beth said...

this is one of my favs, but not really the dancing and grooving kind of music you are looking for....but worth adding to your list !!!!

New Soul.....by, Nael Yaim

March 11, 2008 at 3:37:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Imelda said...

Ooooh.. I love recommending music. From the cheesy to the cool:

Boy Meets Girl - Waiting For A Star To Fall

Prince - Lets Go Crazy

It's quite late over here at the moment but I'll probably think of at least 10 more when I'm bored at work tomorrow.

March 11, 2008 at 4:08:00 PM PDT  
Blogger PixieDust said...

Oh, I have to hand it to my girl Shakira - "Hips don't lie" and "La Tortura!"

and a little (or a LOT) of Daddy Yankee never hurt anyone...



March 11, 2008 at 4:25:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Boho!

Here are my favorite pick-me-ups!

Red Alert - Basement Jaxx
Stayin' Alive - The Bee Gees
Family Affair - Mary J Blige
Hey Ya - Outkast
Candy - Iggy Pop (not danceable but still a fun song!)

March 11, 2008 at 4:36:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's the end of the world ~ REM

Chameleon ~ Herbie Hancock (Funkylicious)

Skin & Sky Fits Heaven ~ Madonna (really awesome to find a remix of both)

Everyday People, Thank You, and Dance to the Music ~ Sly and the Family Stone

Canned Heat ~ Jamiroquai

oh, gosh, I could go on and on and on! I love happy music!!!

You Had Me, Super Duper Love ~ Joss Stone

and lastly

Wish I didn't Miss You ~ Angie Stone

That was fun

Course I could do this all differently in another 5 minutes.
My Itunes contains well over 1000 songs...

is that sad?


I can't for get!

Shakedown Street ~ Grateful Dead

March 11, 2008 at 5:32:00 PM PDT  
Blogger mg said...

"Mmmnn" by Grandadbob
"Where do I Begin-Away Team Mix" by Shirley Bassey
"They" by Jem
"La Breeze" by Simian
"Neighborhood #1 (tunnels)" by The Arcade Fire
"Ruby Blue" and "Ramalama" by Roisin Murphy

These are all on my workout mix and are great booty-shakers!

March 11, 2008 at 6:01:00 PM PDT  
Blogger britt said...

this is super cheesy but the song "independent women" by destiny's child can make me move. it always makes me happy to think how hard we women work and that we should be damn proud of ourselves!

March 11, 2008 at 6:44:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Stacy said...

you should both come to silver lake... just sayin'.


March 11, 2008 at 6:44:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like songs that don't let me think about anything but the song, so I think it's individual to you--they shouldn't be attached to any memories, their purpose is to let you let go and groove. Hard to find, I know, but here are my picks:

Midnight Blue by Lou Gramm
Closer Together by The Box
Everybody Everybody by Black Box

March 11, 2008 at 7:45:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Lisa said...

Oh I love this! I once tried to create a new tag/meme for this topic. (http://becominglisaluckie.blogspot.com/2007/10/perhaps-new-tag.html)

I hope you have better luck that I did :) Here are my contributions.

Hangingaround- Counting Crows (feel good)
That Thing- Lauren Hill
Bombs Over Baghdad- Outkast (shake that arse)
Third Eye Blind- Wounded
Ball With Us- Twista (shake that arse)
Pump It- Black Eyed Peas (shake that arse)
There’s Hope- India Arie (feel good)
Love Stoned- Justin Timberlake (feel good)
Sunday Morning- Maroon 5 (feel good)
How Far We’ve Come- Matchbox 20
Ain’t No Other Man- Christina Aguilera
Bubble Toes- Jack Johnson (feel good, smoke a dube)
Ecstasy- Rusted Root (unleash that inner jungle lady)
The Police and the Private – Metric
Suddenly I see- KT Tunstall
Mr. Brightside- The Killers

March 11, 2008 at 8:00:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Man! I feel like a Woman! by Shania Twain
Bad Reputation by Joan Jett
Boyz-N-The Hood by Dynamite Hack
Brighter Than Sunshine by Aqualung
Chariot by Gavin DeGraw
Come On Eileen by Dexy's Midnight Runners
Carzy Little Thing Called Love by Queen
Dude (Looks Like A Lady) by Aerosmith
Follow Me by Uncle Kracker
Heart of Mine by Peter Salett (although this is a slow one had to share becuase it always makes me happy)

March 11, 2008 at 8:17:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Shel said...

the BEST "groove for no reason other than you feel the need" is "Groove is in the Heart" by Dee-lite. every single time i hear that i have to get my groove on, even if it is just singing along in the car on the way to work. trust me on this one.

March 11, 2008 at 8:39:00 PM PDT  
Blogger kelly barton art + design said...


heya - outkast
jungle love - steve miller band
come on eileen - ditto!
dancin queen - abba
groove is in the heart - deee-lite
mommas' got a girlfriend - ben harper.

March 11, 2008 at 8:52:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I simply cannot get down with that folksy music. Sorry. I'm from NJ.. need I say more? LOL.
These are my ultimate, pick me up, shake my booty, groove out songs.

(I second Groove is in the Heart by Dee-Lite and Love stoned by Justin Timberlake!)
Honey - Mariah Carey
Feelin so Good - J. Lo
Family Affair - Mary J Blige
Happy - Ashanti
Don't want to be in love - Good Charlotte
No One - Alicia Keyes
Smile - Lily Alen
Forbidden Love - Madonna
Jump - Madonna
Love Profusion - Madonna
Eyes Like Yours - Shakira (a mix of English & Arabic belly dancing music)
Give it to me - Timbaland

All of these are songs you can shake your booty to.

March 11, 2008 at 8:56:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

because i can't possibly edit down my list...i sent you the list via email :)

enjoy...a good share of prince and madonna on that list too!

boogie-on boho!

March 11, 2008 at 8:57:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

James Brown

nuff said

March 11, 2008 at 9:01:00 PM PDT  
Blogger LaLu said...

i love "you get what you give" by the new radicals and "all these things that ive done" by the killers. i used to always listen to them at the end of my run. i also love damien marley- the whole "weclome to jamrock" cd makes me dance!

March 11, 2008 at 9:04:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

New Order or Orgy - Blue Monday
Dramarama - Anything, Anything
Daft Punk - Around the World?
Dirty Vegas - Days Go by
Bedouin Soundclash - When the Night Feels my SOng

March 11, 2008 at 9:19:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Swirly said...

I can't wait to see you!!!

March 11, 2008 at 9:23:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Georgia said...


Starlight by Muse... Mmmm Muse... yum. (you can hear it on my musicplayer on my blog... just click on starlight.)

Pink! She has some FANTASTIC booty shakin music.


March 11, 2008 at 9:42:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ooh, I love recommending music (and I've picked up a few from you my dear, so thanks). Now to return the favor.

Here's just a "few" to start off...I can send MORE!

Mika -

"Love Today"

"Grace Kelly"


(This song and video will get you cheered up in seconds flat!)
The Kinks - "This Time Tomorrow"

Aberfeldy - "Summer's Gone" and "Uptight"


Pela - "Trouble with Rivery Cities" and "Lost to the Lonesome"

Beirut - "Nantes" and "Elephant Gun"

**(If you don't dance to this immediately then you're in need of a major jumpstart, lol)
The Raveonettes - "Dead Sound" and "Attack of the Ghostriders"

Bishop Allen - "Click, click, click"


This IS not dance music, AT ALL, but I think you'll like it alot...

Track a Tiger - "Light"

Sorry, no more links for samples...myspace was down, but most can be found on artists pages on there. (If you have trouble and wanna hear something just give me a shout!)

Stars - "Take Me to the Riot"

LCD Soundsystem "Watch the Tapes"

**You might start with this...great 80s retro style!

Headlights - "TV" and "Lions"

The Mary Onettes - "Lost" (more of the same 80s retro style!!..think Jesus and the Marychain)

Pilot Speed - "Into Your Hideout" (if you like U2 then you'll love this!)

What Made Milwaukee Famous - "Hellodrama"

**This one is a good one to start with too! I dance like a mad woman to this one. Think Kinks.

Sam Roberts Band - "The Gate"

Yet another not that dancey, but good nonetheless

Gasoline Heart - "Rumors"

New Riders of the Purple Sage - "Whatcha Gonna Do"

This one always makes me move...

Magnetic Fields - "Strange Powers"

Imogen Heap - "Speeding Cars"

Old Crow Medicine Show - "Wagon Wheel"

Camera Obscura - "Let's Get Out of this Country"

Broken Social Scene -

Matt Costa - "Sunshine"

March 11, 2008 at 9:44:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Georgia said...

Ok... I wrote my comment... and then had to pop the ipod in my ears and start listening... You MUST MUST MUST have some Muse on your list!!! Supermassive Black Hole is pretty great... That is also on my playlist...

Also, the scissor sisters are fun :)

Good golly though... please check out Muse. :)

March 11, 2008 at 9:48:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Stacy said...

anything i can do the robot to... ; )


March 11, 2008 at 9:54:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1) The Bridge By Elliott Brood (luv this song)
2)My Moon My Man or 1234 by Feist
3)Processed Beats By Kasabian
4) The Littlest Birds by The Be Good Tanyas
5)Seven Day Fool By Jully Black
6)Sweet Dreams by Eurytymics
7)Lebonese Blonde by Thievery Corporation
8)Wild Flowers By Tom Petty
9) Praise You By Fat Boy Slim
10) Young Folks By Peter Bjorn and John

March 11, 2008 at 11:11:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Shama-Lama Mama said...

You should really check out Poi Dog Pondering. They go WAY back but its their old stuff I like (they have been through lots of lineup changes but the core is the same).

Fun, funky, and spiritually uplifting truths in the lyrics.

Listen to clips here:

March 11, 2008 at 11:18:00 PM PDT  
Blogger michaela said...

Oh man, I can't believe someone posted Dramarama... that blast from the past was enough to lure me out of lurkerdom.

Here are some selections from a recent playlist I made for running:
I'm Shipping Up to Boston - Dropkick Murphys
Stacy's Mom - Fountains of Wayne
Lost in the Supermarket - The Clash
Heavy Metal Drummer - Wilco
Float On - Modest Mouse
Punk Rock Girl - The Dead Milkmen
Raspberry Beret - Prince
Happy Loving Couples - Joe Jackson
The Dark of the Matinee - Franz Ferdinand
Busting Up a Starbucks - Mike Doughty
Super Bon Bon - Soul Coughing
Alison's Starting to Happen - The Lemonheads

March 12, 2008 at 5:33:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Marcia (123 blog) said...

I second these from above:

Come On Eileen by Dexy's Midnight Runners


You can't hurry love - Phil Collins
Tainted love - Soft Cell

Any 80's - Madonna, Kylie Minogue, even Wham and Bros (when will i, will I be famous?)

OH MY - I'm showing my age :)

March 12, 2008 at 5:44:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Vanessa said...

The Presidents
You'll be groovin' for sure and the lyrics will make you laugh out loud!

March 12, 2008 at 5:57:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Metric - Combat Baby
Metric - Successy
Metric - Dead Disco

Kanye West - Stronger

Timberland - the way i are

March 12, 2008 at 6:12:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"At the Beach" by the Avett Brothers. Just TRY to not shake your booty...I dare you!

March 12, 2008 at 6:21:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Downloaded "I'm So Glad" by Cream last night for the very same reason. I defy anyone to feel glum and NOT move your body a bit with the words "I'm so glad" resounding around you. Love reading everyone's suggestions :)

March 12, 2008 at 7:20:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Beth Bailey said...

Keller Williams - Freeker by the Speaker
Earth, Wind, and Fire - Boogie Wonderland
Jamiroquai - Canned Heat
Mauna Bowa - String Cheese Incident


March 12, 2008 at 7:25:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm more of a folksy girl myself, but these tunes never fail to get me to shake it a little.

"Crazy" - Gnarls Barkley
"Sly" - Cat Empire
"Are You Gonna Be My Girl" - JET
"Blister in the Sun", "Kiss Off", "Add It Up" - Violent Femmes
"To Be Young", "Shakedown on 9th St" - Ryan Adams
"Gold to Me" - Ben Harper
"Next to You" - The Police
"Skyfuckingline of Toronto" - The Rugburns
"Baby I'm a Star" - Prince

March 12, 2008 at 9:28:00 AM PDT  
Blogger kirsten said...

i recently rediscovered "so pure" by alanis morissette (from the "supposed former infatuation junkie" album). i have to dance when that song comes on!!

March 12, 2008 at 10:08:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here are some peeps that I can always groove to....
Soul Coughing
G.Love and Special Sauce
Ben Harper
Lilly Allen
Paul Simon- Me and Julio and Cecilia
Bela Fleck and The Flecktones
Buena Vista Social Club
The Squirrel Nut Zippers

Have fun- I think now I know what I want to do today.

March 12, 2008 at 10:20:00 AM PDT  
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March 12, 2008 at 11:33:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Martha-Anne said...

Feist is definitely a good one. Check everything out by her. She is incredible.

Also check out Barrington Levy, Manu Chao, Bhangra Beatz, Barenaked Ladies, "Get Up Offa That Thing - James Brown, Matisyahu, "Release Me" - Pearl Jam, and Sarah Harmer. Those last two are more chill, but really empowering at the same time.

oh, and I've been meaning to tell you to check out the song, The Boho Dance by Joni Mitchell! There's also a cover by Bjork if you like it.

Random list, I know... but a good one!

March 12, 2008 at 11:34:00 AM PDT  
Blogger boho girl said...

oh my...

these are fabulous!

last night i stayed up late listening to each one of these.

my folksy playlists have been crashed by a groove party with these bum-shakin' tunes.

keep 'em coming if inspired!!

so grateful.

March 12, 2008 at 11:40:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Amanda said...

bassnectar and suga, the song is skin.

dj fresh. his whole new album will have you dancing in your pants.

and swirling in your seat.


March 12, 2008 at 11:48:00 AM PDT  
Blogger michael morrow said...

If you like Fleetwood Mac, check out an album from '67-"69, or so, entitled "Then Play On." It's pre-Stevie. It's one of my favs.

March 12, 2008 at 3:05:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Jennifer/The Word Cellar said...

"Us Amazonians" by Kirsty MacColl. So fun!

March 12, 2008 at 5:11:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok, i'm going to send you a much more comprehensive list, but for now the first song that pops to my mind that i think you would love is.....
LOVELY DAY by bill withers.
one of my faves.
xoxox xlxlxl,
jenny d

March 12, 2008 at 5:44:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Shannon said...

Crazy by Gnarls Barkley! This song always makes me want to groove!

March 12, 2008 at 6:50:00 PM PDT  
Blogger jill said...

One of my all time favorite "random" songs is called ~ Everywhere by Bran Van 3000... It's on the Soundtrack from the movie Practical Magic (with Sandra Bullock) It's very upbeat and folksy!

I also love any song from Carol King's Tapestry Album.

Ohhh, and what about Barbara Streisand's song from the movie The Main Event... it's the title song; The Main Event. Ohhh, that one gets me going every time!!

March 12, 2008 at 8:33:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Ditty Bops! (especially the song "Sister Kate") Patty Griffin has many upbeat and danceable songs on her many albums...the song "Flaming Red" is a good one, and there are a couple of really nice ones on her latest album.(I just ADORE her music and I think you will love it, if you haven't heard her before). Also, check out any of the albums by The Hot Club of San Francisco...gypsy jazz that will get your feet moving! Um...there are a couple of Putumayo cds that I think are great but I'm having trouble remembering the specific ones. Squirrel Nut Zippers, definitely. There are some very upbeat and danceable Dave Matthews Band tunes...if you like them (I've found they are a "love 'em or hate 'em" kind of band). Oh, and some of the remixes of Tori Amos's song "Raspberry Swirl" are terrific. When I was little, my mom's old Scot Joplin (ragtime) records used to get me dancing and spinning myself dizzy in the living room. (:

March 13, 2008 at 12:48:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How Fun! Without a doubt, Groove is in the heart by Deee-lite. Also...

The Brazilian Hipster by Fort Knox Five

The prize by Mr. Something Something

Sunday morning AND Flypaper by K-Os

Soulshine AND Sometimes by Spearhead

You're not alone by Olive

Don't feel right by The Roots

Such great heights by The Postal Service

Iron Bars by Stephen Marley

King without a crown by Matisyahu

Da Funk AND Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger by Daft Punk

I could go on and on (I think I already have - ha ha). Enjoy getting your groove on.

March 13, 2008 at 8:16:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Denise,

This is Sharon, Carsten's coworker, do you remember me? Haven't seen you in a while, but I lurk here sometimes to see how you're doing...love your style! I am rooting for you guys all the way.

I love the song 'Work It Out' by Dave Mathews Band and Jurassic 5. It has a feel good message and makes me wanna groove.

Take care of yourself!

March 13, 2008 at 9:23:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ben kweller 'penny on the train track'

happy dancing!

March 13, 2008 at 6:43:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Kathleen said...

anything by deee-lite! their "world clique" cd is one of the best cd's ever made. for real.

xo twirl away, my friend!

March 13, 2008 at 8:53:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dead Can Dance: Rakim (YouTube!)
Massive Attack: Safe from Harm
Morcheeba: Friction
Les Rita Mitsouku: Marcia Baila
Issa Bagayogo: Saye Mogo Bana
Rodolfo y Su Tipica: La Colegiala
Tiziano Ferro: Perdono(a)

Have fun.
Gabi, Hamburg

March 14, 2008 at 5:34:00 AM PDT  
Blogger LeS said...

Ok lady, I know I'm late to chime in here. I have been having the same "let's kick up this playlist" thing going lately as well. And After reading through this awesome and excellent comment list I am happy to recommend my new favorite - Vampire Weekend. The whole album is so great but the track that best suits your request (imho) is A-Punk. You gotta trust me on this. Not punk at all. More like an updated afro-ska-80's-but-now kinda thing :) I have been bouncing around the house and singing this LOUD. I guess it is worth noting that my thirteen year old DJ boy loves it too.

Hope you are having a GREAT few days!

March 14, 2008 at 11:49:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi darlin~

ok...so the playlist on my ipod for the gym is my own little "girls kick ass!" party...they all definately get me moving! (you choose if you want the naughty or nice versions)

avril lavigne ~ the best damn thing
sk8er boi

fergie ~ glamorous

jem ~ just a ride

kelly clarkson ~ since you've been

letters to cleo ~ i want you to want me

mary j. blige ~ family affair

missy elliott ~ get ur freak on

nastasha bedingfield ~ unwriten

pink ~ stupid girls
u + ur hand
don't let me get me

salt n pepa ~ shoop

and these are just fun to shake your thing at or get crunchy with...

crazy town ~ butterfly

jet ~ are you gonna be my girl

blink 182 ~ the rock show
what's my age again
all the small things

(almost any green day or u2)

justin timberlake ~ sexy back

shaggy ~ boombastic
oh carolina
luv me, luv me

ok...I'm sure that's way more than you need or want...a lil hip-hop, a lil crunchiness, a lil 80's & 90's...oh & I can't forget my all time fav...van morrison ~ browned eyed girl!!

Love to you~ michele

p.s. the 50 first dates soundtrack is full of great 80's remixes

March 16, 2008 at 1:23:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Tea said...

My absolutely favorite get up and move song is by an Italian band named 883. The song is Tieni Il Tempo (Jeo's remix) and it's on iTunes. It's impossible for me to feel sad or remain seated when I hear this song.

At the moment I am also loving:
Big Girl, by Mika (the video cracks me up
Sister Kate, by the Ditty Bops
Volare, by the Gipsy Kings (been around forever but classic).

Have fun!

March 19, 2008 at 6:43:00 PM PDT  

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