backseat ballads

Dance With Me
112
Dance With Me

112 | Dance With Me

Raye’s Outdoors Mix

Maybe I’m just getting old but if I was to ever go clubbing, you can betcha I’d be waiting for the classics to play. Now I don’t know about you but every time I’m in a club being suffocated by people, wondering why I spent $20 entry for a place I don’t even like, they’ll play a tune like this and my hands will be itching to clap along…

If you know what I mean.

Nothing Compares 2 U
Sinead O'Connor
Nothing Compares 2 U

Sinead O’Connor | Nothing Compares 2 U

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Much has been said about Miley Cyrus and her ‘homage’ to this music video in her song ‘Wrecking Ball’. Personally there’s something much more striking about the original music video for this song: the stark black background with Sinead looking translucent with her shaved head and the cold soft tones. It’s funny because my mum would go on about how Sinead and Demi Moore are the only two ladies who managed to pull off the shaved head look.

And imagine my surprise when I later found out this is actually a Prince song! Though like many covers, this version has totally eclipsed the original and what she’ll be forever known for.

Angel Of Mine
Monica
Angel Of Mine

Monica | Angel Of Mine

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My mum doesn’t listen to alot of contemporary and for a long time had this mindset that all hip hop/r’n’b songs were all about killing and drugs. So it was a big surprise when she told me she really liked this song. Turns out she had attended the wedding of our neighbours who had given a CD with some of their favourite ballads on it. And this was one of them.

Turn The Beat Around
Gloria Estefan
Turn The Beat Around

Gloria Estefan | Turn The Beat Around

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As a kid I remember loving this song but never actually knowing what it was called or who sang it. It was 2001 and as you year 7 students I remember catching The Specialist on CH10 (back when they use to show movies on a Friday night) and talking to Peter about it on Monday morning… Mainly about the shower scene with Sharon Stone.

The film utilised this version by Gloria Estefan and it would be a few years later when I discovered the original disco version. Nowadays I just think of myself dancing to this at the beach on our first day trip to Wilsons Prom. 

Hands down still one of my favourite roadtrips!

Be With You
Enrique Iglesias
Be With You

Enrique Inglesias | Be With You

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A few of the guys still play Counter Strike to this very day and they’ve definitely hit the major leagues in terms of their skill levels. Personally, although I did go through my resurgence phase back in 2012, my memories of CS will always be of the days back in year 8 (2002). Shit, that was a decade ago!

Anyway how does CS link with Enrique? Well back in the days when the internet was too slow to vs your friends you’d have three options: a quick visit to Akira, LAN parties (rare) or play against bots, When I use to play, I’d need to some have some music whilst I go on my shooting rampage. Hence I can specifically remember this and Sting’s Desert Rose by the two songs I would play most during those times. I know, what an odd combination.

Dreams
The Cranberries
Dreams

The Cranberries | Dreams

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One of my favourite directors of all time is Wong Kar Wai. It was 2003 when we decided to have a movie night at my cousins place in the US. Being the ‘guest’ I was given the choice of choosing what film to watch that night. At the local Blockbuster, I was astoinished to find Chungking Express on VHS. I felt bad as it caused abit of a hassle for my uncle who had to connect the VCR but in 10 minutes time we got around to watching it.

There are some films that literally change your life and this was one of them. I remember sitting there at the end of the film in awe, letting all the imagery, thoughts and emotions soak in. It’s still hands down one of my favourite films and this song in many ways encapsulates the feeling I get everytime I watch it. Plus they play this song like 5+ times throughout the course of the film haha.

Material Girl
Madonna
Material Girl

Madonna | Material Girl

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As previously mentioned, one video cassette I use to watch over and over was the Video Hits special focused on the three major popstars of the 80’s: Michael Jackson, Prince and Madonna. This has got to be one of my favourite tracks of hers and I didn’t really know till later on how much the music video was influenced by Marilyn Monroe (Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend). Unfortunately I can’t really listen to this song in the same way once I began watching Gaki No Tsukai batsu games. 

Madonna has never sounded the same ever since.

Truly, Madly, Deeply
Savage Garden
Truly, Madly, Deeply

Savage Garden | Truly, Madly, Deeply

Raye’s Outdoors Mix

Back in primary school I use to hate Savage Garden. I’m not really sure where this hatred came from but I presume it was the fact the lead singer Darren Hayes had long hair (don’t worry, Andrew from Human Nature copped it as well). However it’s only been in recent years where I’ve found myself reevaluating my thoughts on them. I’ll probably end up downloading their back catalogue and find myself singing along to all their songs.

Yep, that’s the most probable outcome.

Let's Get It On
Marvin Gaye
Let's Get It On

Marvin Gaye | Let’s Get It On

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During my stay in Paris somehow I managed to stumble upon the most Melbournesque cafe in Montmatre. I guess being in the USA for some time really did make me appreciate the coffee culture we have back at home. As I found myself admiring the interiors of this cafe (it even resparked my dreams of owning one in the future) and sipping this rather decent latte, the thoughts of home would slowly creep into my mind…

Man, it’d be nice to be back home right now.

They had a rather eclectic selection of songs playing ranging from The Beach Boys to Temper Trap and French chill-out music. Yet strangely enough when this song came on, I found myself feeling a sense of calm envelope me. Marvin Gaye, what a man.

Swimming Pools (Drank) (Extended Version)
Kendrick Lamar
Swimming Pools (Drank) (Extended Version)

Kendrick Lamar | Swimming Pools (Drank)

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I remember being in the bedroom at Venus Bay, pretty wrecked from the excessive drinking the night before. As much as I tried to get sleep, all I could hear outside were the guys screaming DRANK along to this song.

Then I got out and started drinking though by then our 4.5 litre bottle was finished.

Funny this weekend we’ll be repeating it all again for the R.A.T Pack birthday weekend.

The Way
Ariana Grande ft. Mac Miller
The Way

Ariana Grande ft. Mac Miller | The Way

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During that same period when we were trying to find the next Pop Princess of 2013, I stumbled upon this song on youtube and only one thing came to mind: 

GODDAMN THIS SOUNDS LIKE OLD-SCHOOL MARIAH.

Now I’m not really sure whether I actually like her music or not (her track with Big Sean sounds exactly the same as this) but I do have to give her credit… This song is pretty catchy.