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Making Love Out of Nothing At All
Air Supply
Making Love Out of Nothing At All

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.

Miss California
Dante Thomas ft. Pras
Miss California

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.

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!

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

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.

How Can We Be Lovers.
Michael Bolton
How Can We Be Lovers.

Michael Bolton | How Can We Be Lovers

Raye’s Outdoors Mix: BSB 2 Year Anniversary Theme Song

With the official 2 year anniversary since the inception of Backseat Ballads, I figure it would only seem right if we had a song to commemorate this occasion. I mean, shit, this blog has been running for two years! I can still remember the moment when I made this blog and little did I know how much of an impact this would have on not only me but the others in the group (I hope).

And what better than the smooth intense vocals of our man, Michael Bolton. For a long time I’ve been meaning to write something up for this song and it’s only fitting this should be the case. For it was this song that would usher in a new era. This was the first song on what would be the very first edition of the Raye’s Outdoors Mix

It was on our first camp and we had just left Healesville to make our way to Maroondah Dam. Peter told me to put on my cd and with glee I inserted it in and anticpated the reactions of my fellow passengers (Law and Raye). And once those notes hit, you can hear the sound of excitement fill the car. I’ll never forget that moment and it’s one of the reasons why this song will always hold a special place not only in my heart but the legacy that has come to be since that sunny December day in 2011.

5, 6, 7, 8
Steps
5, 6, 7, 8

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.

Only When I Sleep
The Corrs
Only When I Sleep

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.

Easy Lover
Philip Bailey & Phil Collins
Easy Lover

Philip Bailey & Phil Collins | Easy Lover 

Raye’s Outdoors Mix

I’ve been a Phil Collins for a long time but I had never heard of this song. I like to believe that once Mike came along on our second camping trip, he became comfortable in sharing a love for 80’s powerballads like the rest of us. Sometime later we were talking about games when he mentioned this old-school game (Double Dragon?) which used this as the basis for it’s theme song.

We all ended up hanging out at some bar later on and we proceeded to burst out in song. And it’s obvious which song we chose to sing.

Last Night
Az Yet
Last Night

Az Yet | Last Night

Raye’s Outdoors Mix

Whatever happened to songs like this? Maybe I’m looking through nostalgic tinged goggles, but once upon a time these kind of ‘sexy/love-making’ songs use to actually be smooth and sensual. I don’t even want to know what kids listen to nowadays. 

Anyway it’d be nice if slowjamz could make a return. But we all know it won’t ever be the same.

Sunday Morning
Maroon 5
Sunday Morning

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 :)

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.

The Sign
Ace Of Base
The Sign

Ace Of Base | The Sign

Raye’s Outdoors Mix

It’s not secret to most that we love our musicals. Well most of us anyway (minus Peter) for it was Age, Law and myself who were obsessed with High School Musical back in year 12 and would continuously sing the songs during our Maths Methods class. We switched over to Glee for abit but these days it’s Pitch Perfect.

Although I’m abit iffy with the Miley Cyrus/Pitbull in the soundtrack, I’m a sucker for their opening set with this, Eternal Flame and Turn The Beat Around. All classic additions to the Backseat Ballads mix!

Plus they were all played during our Wilsons Prom daytrip last year :)

Beautiful Life
Ace Of Base
Beautiful Life

Ace Of Base | Beautiful Life

Raye’s Outdoors Mix

Driving up to Mount buffalo on our seventh camp back in September, I was driving in the front singing along to songs with Raye whilst Peter would be in the back sleeping or admiring the view. Which makes me wonder, would he have preferred to driven that time?

So the Raye’s Outdoors mix I made for that trip included this song and we found ourselves prancing around in our seats, trying not too get too sidetracked from focusing on the turns up the mountain. We realised a lot of the songs we were listening to tended to be these positive songs about the beauty of life and the world we lived in. Coldplay’s Don’t Panic, Maroon 5’s Sunday Morning and this. Life was pretty good and it sure made things better with a soundtrack to it all.

Plus this song reminds me of the Lincraft commercials back in the day.

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

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!

Because You Loved Me [1996]
Celine Dion
Because You Loved Me [1996]

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
Belinda Carlisle
Summer Rain

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).