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You Spin Me…

Dancer Party Down on the Dancefloor at an Austin Summer Wedding

Guests Party Down on the Dance floor at an Austin Summer Wedding

The D.I.D. or Desert Island Disc – as it was referred to before the advent of the playlist-  is one of the base cultural barometers of taste. The five or so albums you absolutely could not live without and perhaps a sixth if you traded room in your bag for toothpaste. It has since evolved into the D.I.P. with friends setting an arbitrary limit of the length of said list. Your wedding music is probably the closest you will ever get to seeing this in action save for a “LOST” style misadventure. The music  spun at your event speaks poetic volumes about you and your new spouse. What slow jams are going to send you down the yellow brick road of musical marital bliss? Much of this depends on who is driving this groove train; are you hiring a DJ, a band, your younger brother, or are you just going to plug your iPod into some 6 foot speakers and let the magical algorithms of shuffle decide? Regardless of how the tracks get sent over the airwaves you still have a lot of voice in what gets played. This is your special day and it should go exactly how you want. To help navigate the treacherous waters of programming your big night we have  consulted all three seasons of Bob Dylan’s Theme Time Radio Hour, Joe Strummers all too short lived BBC program London Calling and more ClearChannel 80′s lunches than we care to admit.

Top Five Club Classics.*

15 years from now when Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore’s Kids make the Wedding Singer 2 these are going to be the tracks they choose from for the opening title sequence… well except for that last one.

1) Flo Rida feat. T. Pain – Low

2) Katy Perry – Waking Up In Vegas

3) Lady Gaga – Just Dance

4) David Guetta feat. Akon – Sexy Bitch

5) Michael Jackon – Thriller

Top Five Standards

Move over Frank, these are the tracks your Grandkids will be shaking it to at their destination wedding on the Space Station:

1) The Village People – Y.M.C.A.

2) The Isley Brother – Shout

3) Sister Sledge – We Are Family

4) John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John – You’re The One That I Want

5) Men Without Hats – Safety Dance

Top Five Most Underplayed

A slice of some of the great rare-earth-gems I have had the privilege of hearing spun from vintage vinyl at choice events. Nothing says class like:

1) Nina Simone – I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl

2) Bob Dylan – Can’t Help Falling In Love

3) Chet Baker – You’re Driving Me Crazy

4) Oliver Nelson – Stolen Moments

5) Audrey Hepburn – Moon River

*ps: avoid club re-mixes like the plague. After a few glasses of champagne anything with that much drum and bass sounds too much like the Eiffel 65 single we all wish we could forget.