This was a lot of fun. Off Broadway is my favorite place in St. Louis to see shows, and The School is an excellent band. I’ve finally gotten a handle on the djay software, so very few technical SNAFUs. djay lets you record your sets, so I’ve included links below for anyone who might be interested.
I’m not sure why I’ve become so bold in approaching clubs to DJ, but the setup seems to suit my approach well. I’m not much of a floor-filler, but I love setting the mood for the night. I also like being able to react to whatever’s happening onstage: for instance, responding to a Pete & Pete cover by playing one of the songs Pete & Pete used for background music. I guess I’ll keep doing it as long as booking agents and club owners indulge me.
1) Clothilde: 102, 103
2) The Clientele: Since K Got Over Me
3) N.F. Porter: Keep On Keepin’ On
4) J.C. Penney Spirit of ’66: Rockin’ With The Mods
5) The Kinks: ‘Til the End of the Day
The idea here was to contrast the not-very-rocking “Rockin’ With The Mods” with something authentically Mod. I envisioned Pretty Things’ “Midnight to Six Man.” Unfortunately, I hadn’t thought to load it onto the iPod.
6) Orange Juice: Moscow
7) xex: Vietnam Vet
I got Dark Entries to send me a download link to xex:change, the just-issued collection of unreleased 1981 tracks. The last time I heard this song, it was 1985 and I was 18 years old.
8) Pete Shelley: Yesterday’s Not Here
9) Lee Dorsey: Everything I Do Gohn Be Funky (From Now On)
10) Ramones: Don’t Go
Pleasant Dreams is great. That whole run of Ramones albums from End of the Century to Too Tough To Die represents one of the most overlooked hot streaks in music.
11) Undertones: You’ve Got My Number (Why Don’t You Use It!).
12) Groovy Little Numbers: Windy
13) Lijadu Sisters: Cashing In
Mysterious African vocal group. That Ghostfunk mashup from 2011 used one of their songs.
Local band Sleepy and the Bedtimes plays. Their set includes a cover of Polaris’ “Hey Sandy,” best known as the theme from the 1990s Nickelodeon series The Adventures of Pete & Pete. I respond by opening the next set with a song that frequently figured into Pete & Pete as background music. I don’t think anyone made the connection – not even Matt Harnish. I knew I should’ve played the Embarrassment’s “Wellsville” instead.
14) Chug: Flowers
15) Cub: Everything’s Geometry
16) The Velvelettes: Needle In A Haystack
17/18) Adventures in Stereo: When We Go Back/Flipside
I’ve always loved how the loops were imperfect, and you could hear a little bit of blank space every four bars.
19) Teenage Fanclub: It’s All In My Mind
20) xex: Fast Food
Another newly unearthed recording.
Local band Vanilla Beans plays. I think they’re from Webster College. They have New Ordery songs and great self-deprecating stage banter.
21) Liechtenstein: Meantime
22) Young Marble Giants: Wurlitzer Jukebox!
23) The Gist: Public Girls
I’d envisioned a whole Welsh miniset in honor of The School, who are from Cardiff. It didn’t work, though, and I abandoned it after the previous two songs.
24) Monochrome Set: Eine Symphonie Des Graunes
The School played with the Monochrome Set in NYC the prior week.
25) Dolly Mixture: Everything and More
26) Beat Happening: I Spy
27) Toots & The Maytals: 54-46 That’s My Number
The School (that’s them above) plays a fantastic set in front of about 20 people, including the opening bands and the Off Broadway staff. The band didn’t seem too upset about it.
28) Jesse Garon & The Desperados: The Rain Fell Down