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Making Love Out of Nothing At All
  • Making Love Out of Nothing At All
  • Air Supply
  • Best Songs Of The 80s

Air Supply | Making Love Out of Nothing At All

Raye’s Outdoors Mix: Law

Besides JC, Law is my go to man when it came to our love for 80’s powerballads/cheesy love songs. If I ever had any classes with Law back in high school it was guaranteed there’d be some bad puns, fits of laughter and alot of singing involved. Plus there was the grooming and raising of our pet bird, Derrick.

Whilst others would be playing Kings and getting smashed at Denis’ house back in the day, you would find me and Law glued to the TV with Magic Sing karaoke mics in our hands singing our hearts out to our favourite love songs. I’ve known about his love for Air Supply for quite some time now hence everytime one of their songs pops up on the Raye’s Outdoors Mix, I turn to him and I can guarantee there’s a big grin on his face… or he’ll be singing along to it.

Total Eclipse Of The Heart
  • Total Eclipse Of The Heart
  • Bonnie Tyler

Bonnie Tyler | Total Eclipse Of The Heart

Raye’s Outdoors Mix

Hanging out at the Toff the other week, for such a ridiculously humid club/bar (someone really needs to fix that aircon) they play some bloody awesome music. And by that I mean half the songs on the Raye’s Outdoors Mix they seem to play there. Any place that plays my beloved 80’s powerballads, 50’s/60’s Motown and 70’s disco tunes is definitely in my good books

I was there dancing around with Raye’s friends when the music stopped and I could hear the notes of this recognisable tune began to play. Let’s just say I had the biggest idiotic grin planted on my face. The crowd began to join in, singing along with Bonnie and by the time the epic TURN AROUND BRIGHT EYES came about, it was game over. What can I say, I just love my 80 powerballads. Though the music video for this is pretty damn weird with all those kids with, literally, bright eyes. Some things I’ll never understand.

Though the only criticism I have (of the Toff) is this: how can you play Drop It Like It’s Hot and leave out Pharrel’s verse? It’s the best part of the song!

Tell It To My Heart
  • Tell It To My Heart
  • Taylor Dane

Taylor Dane | Tell It To My Heart

Raye’s Outdoors Mix

As previously mentioned in past entries, the music my parents listened to heavily influenced my taste in music when i was growing up. Sometimes I get this weird sense of deja vu when I listen to songs and it evokes memories of random places or houses, which makes me question if it ever did happen in the first place. Nevertheless this reminds me of going to Laverton Market as a kid with my family and hearing this in my family friend’s car. Well, I’m pretty sure we did.

Because You Loved Me [1996]
  • Because You Loved Me [1996]
  • Celine Dion
  • Falling Into You

Celine Dion | Because You Loved Me

Raye’s Outdoors Mix

Carrying on our tradition we’ve created for Valentines Day, a few of us came together at my place and got totally smashed. But being drunk wouldn’t be fun with a soundtrack to it, hence a v-day playlist was made by yours truly.

Funny because there’s some songs which you hear and you think: “There’s no way I could ever hit those notes like they do”… But it doesn’t stop us from trying. Mariah and Whitney tend to be the obvious choices and I’d put Celine in that group as well.

Summer Rain
  • Summer Rain
  • Belinda Carlisle
  • The Best Of Belinda

Belinda Carlisle | Summer Rain

Raye’s Outdoors Mix: Wilsons Prom Theme song

Abit late, I know, but this I definitely believe is the theme song for our roadtrip to Wilsons Prom (I’ve posted up photos before). As Lawrence mentioned in his writeup, Kelly Clarkson’s ‘Behind Hazel Eyes’ was a close contender though Raye/Tish already have that for their Adelaide trip. But still, this is such an awesome song and I still can’t believe how hard we rocked out to it!

It’s funny because Belinda Carlisle’s music always makes me feel happy. I can remember Heaven is a Place on Earth being played at our year 10 formal: I was in the foyer coming from the toilet and I could see two classmates (dance) walking and singing to the song with big smiles on their faces. Random memory but it’s simply one of those songs that you just have to dance along and sing to.

And shoutout to Tom who’s her biggest fan (and has missed out on her last 2 performances… next time dude, next time).

I Think I'm In Love With You
  • I Think I'm In Love With You
  • Jessica Simpson
  • Playlist: The Very Best Of Jessica Simpson

Jessica Simpson | I Think I’m In Love With You

Raye’s Outdoors Mix

Back in the early 00’s we had 4 pop singers battling out for the title of ‘Princess of Pop’. You had Britney and Christina who were basically the jugganauts of that era, Mandy Moore was good though she probably fared better as an actress (to some extent).

Then you had Jessica Simpson. Her musical career didn’t hit off like she would have hoped and is now more known for other things rather than her singing abilities. With that said, I really do like this song and it instantly makes me think of summer days as a kid. There’s something about the music videos of that era that really make you feel nostalgic whenever you revisit them.

You Make Me Wanna
  • You Make Me Wanna
  • Usher
  • My Way

Usher | You Make Me Wanna

Raye’s Outdoors Mix: Mark

Mike has previously written about this moment in his Grampians/Great Ocean Road writeups but it still makes me laugh to this day. Never in a million years would I expect to be in a car and find Mark knowing all the words to this song.

Then again, in some ways it just makes perfect sense. 

Only When I Sleep
  • Only When I Sleep
  • The Corrs
  • The Best of The Corrs

The Corrs | Only When I Sleep

Raye’s Outdoors Mix: Wilsons Prom Hiking Theme Song

Mike and Age have lately been talking about how they’re bringing back The Corrs. Honestly, I felt like they’ve never really left. It’s always been on the Raye’s Outdoors Mix so I guess they’ve just never been around when it’s played. Eitherway it’s good they’re back into them as I’ve always thought they were slightly underrated with such a great array of songs to choose from.

I believe it’s probably their best song, which is quite a big call to make. Age had this playing off his phone as we laid down on Mount Bishop over the weekend and I knew right there there what the theme song for this daytrip would be.

Another Night
  • Another Night
  • Real McCoy
  • Another Night

Real McCoy | Another Night

Raye’s Outdoors Mix

Once upon a time I had aspirations to learn how to play guitar. In my mind I imagined myself being one of the guys who would play a few tunes at house parties during summer and we’d all sing along with beers in hand and smiles on our faces.

Unfortunately that dream never came into fruition, though this song was one I could sort of play. It’s a song I’ve always felt could work as an acoustic and was on the agenda for my ‘band’ with Raye and Mike (seperate bands of course, hah!). Acoustic guitar with Bon Iver-esque howling for the 'Ohhh’ sections, man it would have been beautiful!

Everything You Want
  • Everything You Want
  • Vertical Horizon
  • Everything You Want

Vertical Horizon | Everything You Want

Raye’s Outdoors Mix

I’d like to think I’ve grown mature and wiser over the years. I’d like to think I’m at a point where I can focus on what’s important and forget about the little things.

But sadly that’s never the case - from time to time again I find myself spiralling down that pool of depression. And over what, unrequited love? You’d hope you’d be better than that but it still gets the to the best of us. I guess what’s worse is how your mind begins to ask those questions - why not me? That’s where things go downhill as your insecurities begin to manifest and a take ahold of you.

It gets easier though, I promise you. 


Okay this got rather heavy-handed. Now for something more upbeat.

Save Tonight
  • Save Tonight
  • Eagle Eye Cherry
  • Desireless

Eagle Eye Cherry | Save Tonight

Raye’s Outdoors Mix

Another one of those songs that transports me back to my childhood in the 90’s, it’s weird because they were playing the music video at Mcdonald’s the other night and it was in black and white (from what i saw). Ironic because the song is so exuberant and all about trying to make the most of the good times shared with one and another.

Or maybe I’m just thinking of it in a different light, I blame it on the tv ads that used this song. It must have been a travel ad or for a brand of wine because I remember images of lush greenery, trees in autumn and people smiling and having fun. Which sorta describes how I feel everytime I hear this song.

5, 6, 7, 8
  • 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Steps
  • The Ultimate 90's: 1998

Steps | 5, 6, 7, 8

Raye’s Outdoors Mix

I remember coming to school on Monday morning in grade 3 (1997!) when my classmates were raving on and dancing to this song called 5, 6, 7, 8. With no idea what was going on, Steps had just entered out stratosphere and it was definitely the hit song for the week. Unfortunately the only way I could even hear this song to know what they were talking about was either through the radio or Video Hits.

Which happened to air on Saturday and Sunday. Kids these days have it so much easier.

The Longest Time
  • The Longest Time
  • Billy Joel
  • The Ultimate Collection Disc 2

Billy Joel | The Longest Time

Raye’s Outdoors Mix: LMS Theme Song

Back in 2004 I went through a massive acapella phase: I’d download so many different acapella covers by bands such as The Nylons and Rockapella. I discovered this song through the many covers I had though I had no idea it was actually by Billy Joel until some time later on.

It was on the way home from our first camp where Raye, excited about the mixtape I’d be making for her, told me to make sure this song would be on the mix. I doubt I knew anyone else who had even heard about this song, so it got me buzzing about other oldies to include. And I think this song crystalised the moment we finished the hike from Wilsons Prom: blistered feet, covered in sweat and stretching out legs at the car park whilst I would strut along to this song. Can’t wait to get back!

Sunday Morning
  • Sunday Morning
  • Maroon 5
  • Songs About Jane

Maroon 5 | Sunday Morning

Raye’s Outdoors Mix

Another one of those instant ‘cheer me up’ kind of songs. I discovered this song through Wong Fu years back but never really thought much of it until two years ago when their song 'Misery’ came out. I loved their first and second album so I revisited them and came to love this song in an instant. And what more could you want when the music video is people singing karaoke to this song :)

The Horses
  • The Horses
  • Daryl Braithwaite
  • Rise

Daryl Braithwaite | The Horses

Raye’s Outdoors Mix: Camping Trip #2. Grampians/Great Ocean Road Theme song

A few days leading up to our second camping trip to the Grampians, Peter posted a link on facebook to Mike and Mark of things they would need to bring to camp. Somehow we ended up talking about music we’d be listening to the trip (which I’m sure everyone knows what by now) when Mike posted up this song with this caption:

  we’re all singing this, i don’t care what anyone says!

Miss California
  • Miss California
  • Dante Thomas ft. Pras

Dante Thomas ft. Pras | Miss California

Raye’s Outdoors Mix

It must have been year 7 when I first heard this song whilst watching Video Hits one morning. We would always await what would be no.1 in the top 20 for that week and I was rather pleased this got abit of the spotlight. For me, it’s a definite nostalgic trip back to my early highschool days - where the days seemed much more sunnier and long afternoons were spent riding around the block with friends and playing four square.

Damn I’m really beginning to feel old now.