The Music Vaults are full of Great Dance Music

There is an infinite number of dance tracks sitting in the music vaults. I know that DJs spend hours seeking out new tracks to play for us, and in this blog I want to heap praise on those who resist playing the same old, same old (click here to read my piece ‘The Same Old Song’). Like any dance music enthusiast I have my own favourites and, in this section, I’m daring to suggest a few in the hope that they might get played. My fifth choice is The Rolling Stones’ Doom and gloom.

A Head Banger as well as a Soul Boy

Those regular readers of the blog will know my credentials as a Soul Boy and lover of Motown. What I’ve not mentioned before, was my years at University spent ‘head banging’ to Heavy Rock. My claim to fame was that I actually got up onto the stage at an Emerson Lake and Palmer gig at The Brighton Dome, and danced in a moronic manner during their finale number (security was not so tight in those days).

At Uni discos my favourites includes The Rolling Stones Honky Tonk Women and Brown Sugar. A poster of Eric Clapton adorned the wall of my room and I mistakenly thought Jimmy Page was a reincarnation of God.

My ‘Rock’ dance brain cells lay dormant

A few years back I was dancing at a Ceroc Passion Derby class night. DJ Roy Goodall, a self confessed Heavy Metal fan, was on the decks. Suddenly a heavy guitar riff laid over a thumping drum beat bursts from the speaker. My brain reacted immediately (who knew that dormant brain cells could wake up so fast). Perhaps this is not the type of song you’d expect to hear on the modern jive dance floor, but if dancing is about letting out our inner primate out now and again, then we need more tracks like this.

Bringing out the Inner Rock Chick

Of course it’s not only the guys who have the Rock Gene in their DNA. I’ve danced with plenty of women who love an opportunity to let themselves go, and Rolling Stones’ concerts are certainly not male-only affairs. I suspect there’s a Rock Chick hidden away in lots of the ladies, who grace the modern jive dance floor. That’s why I’m surprised that more of this kind of music isn’t played.

Classic Guitar Riffs

The energy of this song, like much of The Stones’ material, is driven along by testosterone filled guitar work. Keith Richard has probably created more classic guitar riffs than any other rock icon, but interestingly the guitar lick that starts this monster track off is played by Mick Jagger. But what makes this track so danceable is the Charlie Watts driving drumming. Some of the best bits are when there’s just Jagger’s vocals over Watts thundering percussion. Who couldn’t connect with this?

Play it at the end of an Eleven O’clock Triple

I’ve often commented on the way DJs build up the heat on the dance floor with high energy Triples. How’s this for a Rock ‘n’ Blues Triple. Kick off with Muse’s Uprising, and then really get the floor rocking with Danny Garton’s Funky Mama (be kind Mr DJ – cut it down to three and a half minutes). Now its time to bring on Mick and The Boys. Doom and Gloom is a little slower than Funky Mama but it will still need a whole load of energy to connect with it’s tribal rhythm. Play this triple around eleven, while there’s still enough fuel in the dance tank, and give everybody a chance to show off their Inner Primate and Rock Chick credentials.