class of 1983 reunion Help!!?

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DJ_T-SIXX

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Just wanted to know if anyone had any good ideas for songs or games that may fit in well with the class of '83 reunion? Being I was born in Sept of 1983 not a whole lot of life experience in that time frame lol. thanks in advance.
 

Ken Heath

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I would concentrate on music between 1977 and 1984... this covers from about 12 years-old til just after their graduation, which is the music they'll,on average, most associate with that time period.

;)
 

jimeppes

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Got "another" of my \ our 40 year class reunions... (don't ask).

Will be collecting photos from folks and slide show them on my telly projector for a "name that picture" slide show trivia game.


lil graduation was a fluctuating thing jimmy
 

Ausumm

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There are bound to be many people attending who never liked the music that was popular when they graduated.
And there are those who feel OLD when you play those songs, so they will also not want to hear them.
Of course, class reunions are KNOWN for people preferring to talk to old friends, rather than dance....
so you'll have that working against you. Just don't let it get you down.

So my suggestion to you is...to concentrate on the years before and after 1983, since music is an important part of your life at that age.
If you are directed to be more specific, keep in mind that although they graduated in 1983, they were outta school by May-June...
so anything that came out after that is not "high school" relevant.
Stick to their music at first. Cocktails, dinner, and just after.
Eventually SOMEONE will ask you to play something "new"...which may be the key to get them to dance, if the 80's stuff aint doing the job.
 

DJ PAUL W

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1983 was such a diverse year for musical tastes. Punk was being introduced as was heavy metal and dance or techno! So it was all over the board. MTV had become less live footage of artrists and more visually stimulating videos.

Mike is right on target. Class of '83 were definetly partiers so make it a party!

Paul
 

DJ_T-SIXX

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Hey guys thanks for all the great help as always. I'm nervous because it is our first class reunion, I will post a little something next week to let you guys know how it goes.
 

Mark Bloom

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I have my own reunion coming us -- class of 1973; I'm not the DJ (3000 miles away from me!), but it did make me think how I would handle it, and I'm kind of glad I'm not doing it.

First of all, 1973 was an awful year for music a DJ would play!

And I remembered the last time we had a reunion ... the young DJ was dutifully playing some list of 1973 hits, and a guy at my table was grousing he didn't know any of the music. If you were an album rock fan, you didn't listen to top 40, I guess.

I would probably treat it as any other party, play songs people can dance to, play a lot of oldies from 1966-1977, but mix in newer stuff and even current stuff and see how it goes over. Someone I know observed to me that "Baby boomers will dance to anything with a beat" at an event I played with a lot of people in this age range who were dancing to current hits pretty much non-stop.
 

Mark Evans

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Just for fun Mark let's compare top songs from each year :evil:

1973 - Tie A Yellow Ribbon
1983 - Billie Jean

1973 - Why Me (Who??? Kris Kristoferson, oh)
1983 - Flashdance

1973 - Killing me softly
1983 - Maniac

1973 - Bad Bad Leroy Brown (ok old people really like that one :) )
1983 - Little Red Corvette

1973 - You're So Vane
1983 - Mickey

I guess I could go on but I could see why the guy at your table grumbled and as you can see there really wasn't any good dancing music in 1983 either :)

Posted in tongue and check by your friendly moderator who started DJing in 1979.
 
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jimeppes

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Yeah Yeah Yeah... (from a beatles fan) It's the music from junior high they will dig... blah blah blah...

But, as for 73 being a terrible year for music a dance DJ would play..

Y'all done lost Yo Mind!!!!!

It was the beginning of the Disco era and I remember VERY well working at the Electric Eye with the very first lighted dance floor and playing.....

Barry White
Love Unlimited Orchestra
Billy Preston
Stevie Wonder
Eddie Kendricks
Manu Dubango
MFSB
O'Jays
Kool & The Gang
Jimmy Ruffin
KC and the Flo-rida Boys
Ohio Players
Main Ingredient
Redbone
Carol Douglas

I can go all day on that year. (hhmmm that ain't right)

Hell.. if anything IT WAS ONE MY FAVORITE YEARS!!!!!

73 to 77 were the best dance music years for me.. after the movie hit, it all went to s@@@ with the money people piling on to make a buck with schmaltzy crap.

lil i'll tie a yellow ribbon round ya jimmy
 

jodi

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Yeah Yeah Yeah... (from a beatles fan) It's the music from junior high they will dig... blah blah blah...

But, as for 73 being a terrible year for music a dance DJ would play..

Y'all done lost Yo Mind!!!!! Hell.. if anything IT WAS ONE MY FAVORITE YEARS!!!!!

73 to 77 were the best dance music years for me.. after the movie hit, it all went to s@@@ with the money people piling on to make a buck with schmaltzy crap.

lil i'll tie a yellow ribbon round ya jimmy
Not to derail this super helpful class reunion thread - but - in honor of 1973 being awesome musically, I just listened to:

Funeral For a Friend
Bodhisattva
Band on The Run
Until You Come Back To Me
The Love I Lost
Rock The Boat
and
Hollywood Swinging

Not a bad Weds morning sing along - randomish - dance along - office party for me! ;-)
 

jimeppes

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Not to derail Jodi's derail...

Jodi.. I went to one of the first Project Graduations at Disney World Orlando in 74 and was transformed!!!!

Kool and The Gang were in Tomorrowland at a little restaurant where the stage come up out of the floor...

All of us were in our finest disco duds with the whistles around our neck...

Kool and The Gang all hit their whistles at the same time annnnnnddddddd..... kicked off "Jungle Boogie" while still underground... That stage came up and the place exploded!!!!!!!!

I had been DJ'ing for a year by that time, saw that explosion..... and knew... I didn't give a damn what my baptist family thought. I was a DJ for life.

man oh man.. one more time... just one more.

lil lucky jimmy
 

jodi

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Not to derail Jodi's derail...

Jodi.. I went to one of the first Project Graduations at Disney World Orlando in 74 and was transformed!!!!

Kool and The Gang were in Tomorrowland at a little restaurant where the stage come up out of the floor...

All of us were in our finest disco duds with the whistles around our neck...

Kool and The Gang all hit their whistles at the same time annnnnnddddddd..... kicked off "Jungle Boogie" while still underground... That stage came up and the place exploded!!!!!!!!

I had been DJ'ing for a year by that time, saw that explosion..... and knew... I didn't give a damn what my baptist family thought. I was a DJ for life.

man oh man.. one more time... just one more.

lil lucky jimmy
1) Whistles! I forgot all about THAT ha ha
2) Jungle Boogie STILL has it
3) NO ONE gives a darn what your family thinks ;-)
4) Agreed - you're lucky to have had THAT moment.....
 

Mark Bloom

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I will partially retract my slander of 1973. A number of songs from the latter half of they year, I associate with college ("Keep on Truckin'). I'm trying to think of 1973 songs I ever used in any gig (and my first gig was 1975)... "Free Ride", "Superstition", "That Lady", "Love Train","Crocodile Rock" ... there are some good ones there. "Little Willy" I probably never played, and now I hate myself if I didn't. That record is awesome. And I used to play "Paloma Blanca", so plainly I didn't have any standards back then. Then again, it was Cleveland, and it was basically a polka...

But give me the class of 1956, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1974-1979, 1982-1985, 1997-2002 or anything after 2005 and I don't have to work so hard! I'd include 1980 if not for my decades-old solemn pledge never to play "Celebration" again.
 

Mark Evans

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Yeah a DJ ban on Celebration :) Mark I'll give you Little Willie, used to love skating to that song.

Lil Jimmy - there were some great songs to dance to and AOR in '73 that don't get played that much any more.
 

Mark Bloom

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You know... My standard joke on FB now is..

Well, just play Celebration.

https://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php?fbid=384228358345397&set=a.107740979327471.9064.100002747094213&type=1&theater

Scroll down to the bottom of the comments.

lil cccceeeeellllleeeeebrate good times, come on!!!! Yahoo... Jimmy
Ha! DJ humor!

It is exactly why I stopped playing it sometime around 84-85 -- it was a crutch, no one was dancing, play Celebration... everyone got up and danced, but no one's heart was in it. It was Palovian. It made be better, as I stopped relying on the same older songs every gig. A monkey could play "Celebration" and people would dance, who needs a DJ!
 

jodi

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Dear DJ_T-Sixx

I'm so sorry that my actions helped contribute to the total derailment of your original thread. Please know that I (and every one of us that WAS around in 1983) are here for you and happy to help! Please let us know - do you still need music ideas? MC or activity advise? Whatever it is - here we are ...... XO


With that said - I simply can't let comments about the class of 1973, and a monkey and a Tarzan go by without THIS....
1969 - so for sure class of 73 would've know it - it was the first lip sync act I was ever a part of (it was already an oldie by then) I was Jane but I wanted to be the monkey. :)


[video=youtube;293Irm-vxtE]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=293Irm-vxtE[/video]
 
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