Emergency Dance Party Playlist

BooksbandspizzaFeb2016 - Day 7

In Rainbow Rowell’s book, Fangirl, (one of my fave contemporary reads btw) the main character Cath has emergency dance parties whenever she’s feeling down. In her dance parties, she listens to hardcore rap. As I mentioned before, I don’t really listen to rap, but I do love emergency dance parties.

So I made my own personal Emergency Dance Party playlist. Unlike Cath, you don’t have to dance to this when you’re feeling down. (I don’t) I usually do what I like to call, ‘Impromptu Dance Parties’ (I basically just start dancing wildly for no bloody reason)… you don’t even have to dance when listening to this playlist. You can just sit, listen, and feel the dancy vibes wash over your cold, dead soul…. (I am joking. This is my joking tone.)

This playlist is made for those who are feeling down and need upbeat vibes to cheer them up, for those who just wanna have a dance party (Impromptu or Emergency, your choice), or for those who are just feeling hella dancy. This one’s for you fam

PS: This is going to be one long playlist, just FYI

1. Love Me - The 1975
2. Girls - The 1975
3. Chocolate - The 1975
4. Houdini - Foster the People
5. Shut Up and Dance - Walk the Moon
6. Different Colors - Walk the Moon
7. Aquaman - Walk the Moon
8. Come On Eileen - Dexy’s Midnight Runners
9. Uptown Girl - Billy Joel
10. Where Did the Party Go? - Fall Out Boy
11. Snap Out of It - Arctic Monkeys
12. Dancing Shoes - Arctic Monkeys
13. A Certain Romance - Arctic Monkeys
14. What You Know - Two Door Cinema Club
15. Hallelujah - Panic! At the Disco
16. Don’t Threaten With Me A Good Time - Panic! At the Disco
17. Time to Dance - Panic! At the Disco
18. Ready to Go (Get Me Out of My Mind) - Panic! At the Disco
19. Turn Off The Lights - Panic! At the Disco
20. Vegas Lights - Panic! At the Disco
21. Collar Full - Panic! At the Disco
22. Miss Jackson - Panic! At the Disco
23. Mad Hatter - Melanie Martinez
24. Pity Party - Melanie Martinez
25. Phoenix Hearts - We the Kings
26. Paint the Town Green - The Script
27. 17 Crimes (LA Riots Remix) - AFI (the non-remix is cool too)
28. Crystallized - Young the Giant
29. Tongue Tied - Grouplove
30. Another Night on Mars - The Maine
31. West End Kids - New Politics
32. Spectrum - Florence + The Machine
33. Golden Year - LOLO
34. Comeback Queen - LOLO
35. Strangers (feat Tove Lo) - Seven Lions & Myon & Shane 54
36. Heart of Glass - Blondie
37. Like the Weather - 10,000 Maniacs
38. China Girl - David Bowie
39. This Charming Man - The Smiths
40. Karma Chameleon - Culture Club
41. Midnight City - M83
42. Desperate Youth - Santigold

And of course it would’ve been a crime to not add something from Michael Jackson in so…..
43. Smooth Criminal - Michael Jackson
44. Want You Back - Michael Jackson
45. The Way You Make Me Feel - Michael Jackson

Silke Milpauer won a competition to present Michael Jackson with Bravo’s Golden Otto Award (Best Singer of 1993). Here is her fascinating story:

“I pulled myself together, greeted Michael, and shook his hand. He returned my handshake gently but firmly. At that moment, something astonishing happened. My whole nervousness and fear disappeared in the very instant that he touched me. After I had introduced myself, Michael replied quietly, ‘Hi. I am Michael.’ This almost distracted me, as I found this gesture unbelievably cute. Michael very carefully took the award and admired it at length. (It was a little Indian boy). ‘Oh, he is so cute!’ he called out and offered his heartfelt thank you. I got the impression that it really meant a lot to him. ‘I know,’ I replied and grinned. 'I wanted to keep it for myself you know,’ I teased. Michael giggled and bit his lips. I didn’t know what to do, so it seemed to me that honesty would be the best solution. So I admitted that I was quite shy and very, very nervous because of all the people around and the cameras. I didn’t want to tell him that he was the primary cause for my nervousness, that would have been too embarrassing. Michael opened his mouth, clearly surprised and abruptly, I was pulled into his arms. ‘You don’t need to be nervous. We’ll get through it together,” he whispered and patted my shoulder. While we posed for the photos, he told me in a whisper that he still wasn’t used to all of this and that he was so very nervous and shy himself. 'They always think that somebody wants to kill me’, he added quietly and rolled his eyes, his gaze now fixed on his bodyguards who babysat the children nearby.

Now the ice was broken, so to speak, and in the next couple of minutes we talked to each other. I had promised myself that I wouldn’t ask personal things and wouldn’t treat him like some random yellow press reporter. Therefore I was relieved that he seemed interested in my life and asked a couple of questions. I told him some things about me and my everyday life. When I mentioned that our meeting had originally been intended to take place on the day before, he seemed incredulous: ‘You cancelled your flights because of ME?’ he asked as if he found it hard to believe that he was important enough to justify such an action. When I added that I had waited more than a year for this day, he looked even more shocked. ‘Because of ME?’, he repeated. His humility was amazing. ‘I didn’t even know there was supposed to be a meeting…I was only told some hours ago,’ he told me. After that, Michael was supposed to pose for some pictures alone and I returned to my place behind the cameras, enjoying watching Michael in action. Somehow all the people around us disappeared one by one into the adjacent room and all of a sudden, I found myself alone with Michael. I was surprised and Michael also seemed confused by this. But then, a grin appeared on his face and he waved me to him. As we were on our own and I didn’t think he would mind, I got over my qualms and did it. ‘Do you mind signing my Dangerous booklet?’, I asked him politely and Michael smiled brightly. ‘Of  course!’ I held out the booklet and a pen for him and he spontaneously decided that the knee-high broad stone situated right next to the photostudio would serve us as chairs. He used the sleeve of his shirt to wipe dust from the stone, then, very gentlemen-like, offered me a seat. I was so impressed - so very, very polite! Thanking him, I took a seat and observed him as he sat right next to me and flipped through the booklet to find a suitable page for his signature. Somehow, it felt as if there wasn’t a distance - locally or emotionally - between us anymore, and so I admitted that I thought Bob Jones wasn’t really likable and that I was quite afraid of him as he seemed to be so strict and domineering. Michael only laughed in a quite amused way and patted my shoulder. ‘You don’t need to be scared of him. It’s just the way he is. Even I call him ‘Sir’ after all this time, can you imagine that?’

Once finished with writing a dedication into my booklet, he stood up and took my hand to help me get to my feet. I looked across the room where one of the playing children had caught my attention. ‘Oh, she is so cute!’ I exclaimed and pointed at the curly-haired beauty. ‘What’s her name?’ Michael followed my gaze, then broke into laughter. ‘That’s a boy!’, he called and I felt heat rising into my cheeks. ‘Oh I…I didn’t know that,’ I stuttered and was quite embarrassed. ‘I’m sorry!’ I apologized. And suddenly Michael became more serious. ‘These are all boys,’ he said and his voice was…I don’t know how to describe it. Heavy with meaning, perhaps? I was silent, as I didn’t know how to reply to such a statement. Filled with absolute horror, I realized that Michael’s eyes were filled with tears. Then he whispered, ‘I really love children. Do you believe me?’ The way he emphasized the ‘you’, implying that a lot of people didn’t believe him, ripped into my heart. The demons from his past seemed to haunt him and wouldn’t leave him alone. Now I knew absolutely for certain what I could only have guessed before: they had hurt this man deeply, pushed a knife into his heart and twisted it around. They had done him such a great injustice.”