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The MamaPop Roundtable: Shake Your Groove Thing Edition

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This week's Roundtable is dedicated to Sparklecorn 2009 [drumroll]:

Q: What songs never fail to get you up on your feet and dancing?

Jennie: Journey's "Don't Stop Believing"

Shakira's "Hips Don't Lie"
Kanye's "Gold Digger"
Nelly's "Rid wit Me"

All of these are because I have memories of dancing the night away to them with friends. So, they're nostalgia-inducing get-me-on-the-dance-floor tunes.

Amber: "Golddigger" - Kanye West

He may be a douche, but this song is perfect for shaking your ass. There is something that pulls me to my feet when I hear that sample of Ray Charles's "I Got A Woman" at the beginning. The rhymes are clever and tight and the beats are perfect. Every time Kanye does something douchey, which is roughly every time he blogs or gives an interview, I shake my head and then say, "But he wrote 'Golddigger'," and immediately excuse said douchiness.

-Midnite Vultures - Beck
The entire album. Every song makes me dance my ass off, with the exception of hidden track "Debra," which makes me laugh my ass off for its spot-on Prince homage. This is a completely underrated album and, IMO, way better than Odelay. On Midnite Vultures, Beck simultaneously channels Prince, David Byrne and Grandmaster Flash, but mixed with his completely inimitable Beckness. If you don't dance to this album, you are either dead inside or quadriplegic.

-Everything ever written by The Beastie Boys
Which I strongly feel requires absolutely no explanation on my part.


"Paralyzer" - Finger Eleven
Try and listen to this song and not do air drums.  I dare ya.

"Bust a Move" - Young MC
This song wouldn't have even been on my brain except that after Sparklecorn my roommates and I were in our hotel room and this song came on.  We all looked at each each other and said "This should've been at the party!!" as we shook our asses.  Next year...

"Lapdance" - N.E.R.D.
True, you need to let your inner hoochie-mama come out on this one, but it is the best cardio song evah.

Motherbumper: Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Heads Will Roll

This came on while I was in The Gap this past June and I was asked to leave after I started to hump a t-shirt display.  Powerful booty shaking song right there. Also makes me want to lick people.

New Order - Blue Monday
Being a teen in the 80s, I do believe it's law that I must dance when this song is played. THE LAW.

Outkast - Hey Ya!
When this song comes on, I can publicly shake it like a polaroid with only the right combination of drugs but I can do it sober in the safe confines of my own home. This is the kind of song that has such booty shaking power that it even makes my strict Bible-thumping grandma shake her ass -- which is something I'm still dealing with in therapy. It was more scaring than liberating to witness that display of grey power.

Whit: Apparently my swerve can be bought by anything with a beat and free whiskey. I'm partial to the musical stylings of the Beastie Boys or Bee Gees.  If you have photos of this, burn them.

Catherine: Groove Is In The Heart, by DeeLite (sp?), because, you know, groove IS in the heart. Runner-up would be Pump Up The Volume by MARRS, because they insist: "DANCE, DANCE." Songs that impose a terpsichorean imperative just can't be resisted, yanno?

Kelly: Lovely Day by Bill Withers - it's just one of my theme songs.

Pretty much any track from Off the Wall or Thriller - the two contributions from Michael Jackson that can't be denied.

Days Like This by Shaun Escoffery - totally joyous

Sweetney: Gnarls Barkley - Crazy: Because it's perhaps the most emotive, soulful dance track ever written. (When he sings the lines "And I hope that you are having the time of your life/But think twice, that's my only advice" I literally get involuntary chills.)

Justin Timberlake - SexyBack: Because he wasn't kidding when he said he was bringing sexy back. [fans self]

Outkast - BOB: Because this song just blows my mind every time I hear it on so many levels, and god, how could ANYONE sit still listening to that?

Prince - Just about anything (for obvious reasons)

Beastie Boys - Just about anything (for obvious reasons)

Schmutzie: I am much less a dancer and more a head bobber, but there a few songs that get me wiggling in my chair.

Nirvana's "Molly's Lips"
Dinah Washington's "Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby"
Lemon Jelly's "Nice Weather for Ducks"
Desmond Dekker's "The Israelites"
Phoenix's "Lisztomania"

TwoBusy: As a suburban white guy born of non-dancing cultures - and who happily enjoyed a great wedding that was completely, 100% dance-free - the honest answer to that question is "pretty much nothing." I guess the closest I come is on those rare occasions when I fire up Fugazi's Waiting Room... and suddenly, it's 15 years ago and I'm a college student driving 100 miles south to a tiny club in a small city, where I'll be packed together with hundreds of other revelers readying myself for the moment when we first hear that distinctive bassline, then the start-and-stop, and the slow build as Ian and Guy and all of us, each and every one of us, scream along "I WAIT I WAIT I WAIT I WAIT I WAIT" and the song keeps building and building and we're all of us thrashing back and forth, sweating and pushing and grinning and happy as hell...

That was probably the happiest I ever felt, dancing. And that's the song that sends me there.

Jodi: Oh What a Night-Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons-always reminds me of dancing in the bars in college.

I Will Survive-because who hasn't been through a bad breakup and can't relate to that song?

The Hora-Hey, I'm a Jew.  Weddings, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, we do the Hora. (I'm guessing that is not what you were talking about though?)

Sarah: White Zombie, Thunder kiss '65

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Snarky Amber

Hey, I didn't know we could have VIDEOS, dammit.


Sarah, thank you thank you for Thunder Kiss 65 - currently shaking my flat booty around the living room.


Here are my current favorites from my iPod "bust a move" playlist (used for much needed motivation during workouts or when I just NEED to move, period)

Paint it Black - Rolling Stones
Hazy Shade of Winter - Bangles
Lay Down - Priestess
Stop - Jane's Addiction
That's not my Name - The Ting Tings
Groove is in the Heart - Delight


I like dat BOOM BOOM POW (Black Eyed Peas).... And Britney's IF YOU SEEK AMY. *ducks and RUNS*


Whit--I have Bee Gees video of you.


Because despite the fact that I am wearing a garish red Hawaiian shirt right now, once upon a time I was a gothy mcgoo:

Beborn Beton - Another World
VNV Nation - Standing
Apoptygma Berzerk - Eclipse

But that's less "booty shaking" and more "catch the bat, release the bat".

How about Oingo Boingo, Dead Man's Party?


All Things Just Keep Getting Better by Wildlife feat. Simone Denny

Never fails to make me dance and put me in a good mood, but then again I pretty much can and do dance to anything :)

She Likes Purple

If SexyBack doesn't get you off your chair and shaking your hips, you're dead inside. Or way too sober.

Steph T

Summertime by Will Smith, You Gotta Fight by The Beastie Boys, It Takes Two by Rob Base and DJ EZ-Rock. Yes I am showing my age, what of it?!


Footloose - Kenny Loggins (yeah baby!)
Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
Cecilia - Simon & Garfunkel
Let's Go Crazy - Prince

These just scream high school dances to me...and pretty much every wedding dance I've ever been in attendance.


I am not a country girl, but there are several country songs that I just can't avoid tappin my toes to: Friends in Low Places (duh) and I like it, I love it (tim mcgraw) being the two most notable.

Plus, I tend to listen to stuff nobody's heard of, but there's a song called Shackles by Mary Mary ( http://twitter.com/Adelas/status/3058944453 ) that is slightly less obscure. The beat, it moves me.

Also, on a slightly WEIRD note... around Christmas time (and when I first started my blog I actually wrote about this phenomenon... http://daily-della.blogspot.com/2008/12/blog-post.html ) I have this problem whenever 'Zat You, Santa Claus? comes on.... I have been known to pick up babies and tiptoe around the house acting sneaky. Not exactly shaking my groove thang, but nobody said it had to be hip-hop, did they?


Here's some from my iPod right now:

The Globe - Big Audio Dynamite
Get Busy - Sean Paul
Shake It - Metro Station
Disco Inferno - The Trammps
Shining Star - Earth, Wind & Fire
Almost anything BEP, esp Boom Boom Pow
Almost anything Outkast, esp Hey Ya!


It takes two to make it out of sight.

I luvs me some Rob Base!


Golddigger- damn if that song can't make anyone dance.


Lena- 100% agree with Paralyzer, Motherbumper- Hell yeah to Heads will Roll.

Check out Sweetney and Sarah with the one-uppage with the inclusion of videos!


Complicated by Poi Dog Pondering... lyrics say it all...


Actually, had I thought of it I might've seconded Sarah on Thunder Kiss '65... that song's got a FEROCIOUS groove...

Lee Thomson

so color me profoundly old school:

In the Mood
Sing Sing Sing


"Wave your hands in the air like you don't care
Gilde by the people as they start to look and stare
Do your dance, do your dance, do your dance quick mamma
Come on baby tell me what's the word"

Word Up.


Can't Get You Out of My Head by Kylie. I simply can't help myself.
Little L by Jamiroquai. Danced my pants off to this at my wedding reception.
Erotic City by Prince. I like to dance with strangers to this song.
Get On the Floor by MJ. GOOD GOD.
Now I am going to have to have a beer. At two pm. Thanks for that.

Heather Z

I agree with both of Catherine's choices! And I'd add Technotronic "Move This." Because I clearly have not been out dancing since the early '90s...


Bad Touch by the Bloodhounds-"let's do it like they do on the Dis. Ch." :)

Love Shack-B52's-and almost anything else of theirs.

Chumbawumba-their one good song-Tubthumping-I get knocked down...

Miami-Will Smith-
and I'm a nerd,ok I know.

amy @ bitchin' wives club

I Don't Feel Like Dancing by the Scissor Sisters always gets me moving. SexyBack is one of the best. There is a song by a British techno outfit called Faithless called "Insomnia" that I would challenge anyone not to just go wild on the dancefloor for the last section. And, of course, I would also add Ray of Light by Madonna.

ms martyr

Rick James.

Anybody remember him? Anybody?


Yes! Please share.

Snarky Amber

I think you and I may traded mix tapes with each other in a previous life.


Anything Beastie Boys, as evidenced by my Whiffle Bat "demonstration" at the MamaPop party
I Wasn't Me - Shaggy
Square Dance Rap - Sir Mix-A-Lot
Wild Wild West - Kool Moe Dee
Shake It - MC Shy D


Brick House - The Commodores
She Wants to Move - N.E.R.D
No Sex for Ben - The Rapture
and I second (or third, or whatever) SexyBack, Golddigger and the Beasties


Just wantd to thank Sweetney for B.O.B., as it got my baby dancing for the first time ever. And it was ADORABLE.

I basically can't resist the Trainspotting soundtrack. And the Charlie Brown song, because I dance like a Charlie Brown character anyway, and that's pretty much the best excuse ever.


Thank you to everybody for my new iPod playlist! Before it blows up in my hands of course...


I don't feel like dancing has totally been my song this past month...it's even my ringtone! :)

Karina in T.O

Damn straight! It takes 2 still gets my blood flowing....like what, 20 years after the fact? Daaaaaamn, when did I become 35??

Karina in T.O

Just had Erotic City blasting from the car on the way home from the gym. That song is tha shit!

Karina in T.O

And a big thank you to all! I just downloaded a bunch of goodies onto my MP3 to help with the workouts.....although I wonder if "Baby's got back" is a bit counterproductive??? lol


>>>>>>>New Order - Blue Monday
Being a teen in the 80s, I do believe it's law that I must dance when this song is played. THE LAW.<<<<<<<<<


Mama Lost


Juliette and Licks, RIP! PURGATORY BLUES

CRADLE OF LOVE by Billy Idol, back in my club days.

That, and RELAX, by Frankie Goes To Hollywood.

Yeah. I cut my teeth in the 80's.



I know I'm behind, but I have to add....TRAIN IN VAIN!!!!

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