Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Rainy Days and Mondays

Hope everyone had a nice holiday!

Ironically, our area of Colorado had a ban on fires and fireworks over the 4th, and it rained for 6 hours straight last night. So even if there hadn't been a ban, we would have been rained out anyway.

I had a house full of bummed-out young men and eternally grateful dogs.

We were in the car this morning, and I was thinking about how gray days always seem to be so depressing.

Then one of my old favorite songs came on the radio.

In moments I was be-bopping along to Wild Cherry's "Play That Funky Music" and feeling great. The guys were squinching down in their seats in mortification, but I didn't care!

So I thought of 10 songs that ALWAYS put a smile on my face, a hop in my step and junk in my trunk.

Wait a minute.

The junk comes from cheesecake bites. Never mind.

In no particular order:

Pour Some Sugar on Me by Def Leppard
Mony Mony (the Billy Idol version)
Magic Carpet Ride by Steppenwolf
You Sexy Thing by Hot Chocolate
Bad Girls by Donna Summer
Rubberband Man by The Spinners
Smooth by Carlos Santana and Rob Thomas
Should I Stay or Should I Go? by The Clash
Tubthumping by Chumbawamba
You Better Be Good To Me by Tina Turner

How about you? What's guaranteed to put a smile on your face and/or embarrass the kids/spouse when you start shaking your booty?


Miss Keeks said...

Heh heh heh, I could give you five hundred songs that make me either sing or dance... But here are a few:
1. Bohemian Rhapsody
2. You've lost that Loving Feeling
3. Hey Joe
4. While My Guitar Gently Weeps
5. Gypsy Woman (Curtis Mayfield--really, anything by Mr. Mayfield--especially in that Superfly era)
6. Blister in the Sun
7. Anarchy in the UK
8. Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood (San Esmerelda version--but Nina Simone will do as well)
9. A lot of Enimem's stuff. I confess, I think he's hysterically funny.
10.Anything by Concrete Blonde

And a lot more. The wife and I will do a couple of these together, but he really like the Pet Shop Boys...

Charlie said...

Anything by ABBA, and any down home good ole boy shit-kickin' country tune. Not the crap they call country nowadays, but the real stuff . . .

Oh, and try Springsteen's new album, "Emancipation, the Pete Seeger Sessions".

Kath Lockett said...

Oooh, definitely 'Just got lucky' by the Jo Boxers (circa 1983), 'And we danced' by the unfortunately-named Hooters (1985) and, appropriately, 'Dancin'with myself' by Billy Idol!

Oh, and ANYTHING by Abba, B52s, Bronski beat/Jimmy Somerville and....last but not least, Boney M!!

Reasonable Female said...

I really enjoy your blog, came here via Special K.
10 of my alltime singalong favourite songs that make me smile in no particular order of preference are:

1. Imagine John Lennon
2. Love Me Tender Elvis Presley
3. Earth Girl Elvis Presley
4. You Won't Dance with Me April Wine
5. Walk Like a Man Frankie Vallee and the Four Seasons
6. Runaway Del Shannon
7. Saturday Night The Bay City Rollers
8. Time Warp Rocky Horror Picture Show soundtrack
9. Two Little Boys Irish Rovers
10. Years May Come, Years May Go Irish Rovers
I'd be better listing off my favourite singers or bands than just particular songs.


Mary said...

Songs that make me sing:
1. Songbird by Eva Cassidy
2. Breathe by Ana Nalick
3. Power of Two by Indigo Girls
4. Beauty of the Rain by Dar Williams
5. Let Me Roll It by Paul McCartney & Wings
6. Imagine by John Lennon
7. Somebody by Depeche Mode
8. Crazy by Patsy Cline
9. Landslide by Dixie Chicks
10. Hallelujah by Rufus Wainwright

Songs that make me Dance:
1. Play That Funky Music White Boy
2. Keep Your Hands to Yourself by the Georgia Satellites
3. Love Shack by b-52s
4. Song for a Future Generation by B-52s
5. Give it Away Now by Red Hot Chili Peppers
6. One of My Kind by INXS
7. Blister in the Sun by Violent Femmes
8. Paperback Writer by the Beatles
9. Twist and Shout by the Beatles
10. Let's Go Crazy by Prince

Can't tell I was in high school in the 80's, can you?

Kathy Cullen said...

This is one top ten list I hasn't really thought of, but hmmm, in no particular order, except #1...

1. Just about anything by Elton John, with Someone Saved My Life Tonight leading the list
2. Just about anything Eagles, with The Last Resort and Hotel California leading that list
3. Smooth by Santana and Rob Thomas
4. I Hope You Dance by Leann Womack
5. Matter of Trust by Billy Joel
6. Just about anything Abba with Thank You For The Music leading that list
7. Jersey Girl by Bruce Springsteen
8. Leader of the Band by John Fogelberg
9. Run Around by Blues Traveller
10. Killing Me Softly by Roberta Flack (preferred to the Fugees edition. I like most Roberta Flack.

My can dance to list is just about completely different. I'd have to look through my CDs for that one, lol.

Nikki said...

You listed several of mine Attila, and I'm also a fan of the old style country. I love George Jones. I'm a big 80's fan as well, and also, my biggest guilty sin - Emimem.

I would confess to being weird here, but it seems like I'm in good company. Most everyone seems to have a good eclectic mix.

Oh - all time favorite song

It's Raining Men - don't know who it's by, but I love it.

RC said...

i always smile and want to dance if i hear "the chipi chipi" from the motorcycle diaries...

you can make fun of friends and wife do too.

--RC of

Samantha said...

I absoloutly love the song 'Smooth' by Santana. I love dancing to Nsync and Backstreet Boys, the ultimate boy bands, and of course, anything by Abba or Queen.

Nightmare said...

Hooked on Swing.

I know geeky but that beat is way to hott not to move!

Attila the Mom said...

Keeks---You're just plain weird. Kidding. ;-)

Pooper and Milly---My 16 year old has recently discovered Abba. And the Go-gos (he walked around calling them the "Do-dos" until some kind soul enlightened him!) Now I've got Dancing Queen stuck in my head!

RIF--Thanks for popping in and your kind words. Saturday Night and Time Warp! How could I forget those?

Mary---I'd have to add Keep Your Hands to Yourself to my list of all time hollerin' songs too!

Kathy--remembering bepopping around the mountains to Smooth? Good times, friend!

Nikki--I'm with you on It's Raining Men! I think it was remade by one of the Spice Girls. At least the Bridget Jones soundtrack one was.

RC--now I'm going to have to find that one!

Samantha---Queen---how could I have forgotten them?

Nightmare...ok, now that IS geeky. LOL

Sven said...

Little Willy by Sweet
Bangin' Man by Slade
Don't Go Breakin' My Heart by Elton John and Kiki Dee
Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond
Change Gonna Come by Sam Cooke
Easy Street by Soul Asylum
Gin and Juice by The Gourds (cover of Snoop Dogg)
Poke Salad Annie by Tony Joe White
Vehicle by Ides of March

And anything by John Denver

Mia said...

Aliah by Donny Iris.

Mississippi Queen by Mountain.

Can't You See by The Marshall Tucker Band

Dream Weaver by Gary Wright

Rock on sister!

Anonymous said...

of course, I have the 80's to pull from, so it's mostly embarrassing!! great list- gotta love the Clash!!

Art_Fulldodger said...

Some of the 10 I can think of right now. Its all over the map but I guess thats me.

Back in 72 - Bob Seger
Mama Kin - Aerosmith
Mama dont let your babies grow up to cowboys - Willie Nelson
Desperado - Eagles
Lose Yourself - Eminem
Imagine - Lennon
Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd
Oye Como Va live- Santana
Pearl Jam - Yellow Ledbetter
Gimme Shelter live - Rolling Stones

girl said...


1. Lovesong (All Mixed Up version) by the Cure
2. Can't Get You Outta My Head by Kylie Minogue
3. She's So Strange by Travis
4. Rumpshaker by Wreckx-n-Effect
5. This is How We Do It by Montell Jordan


girl said...

One more, just remembered, am smiling now!

Recipe for Love by Harry Connick Jr.

Me said...

I heard about the ban in colardo. The boy is in Arizona n they had a ban too.
WUhhaaaahahaa...but not my part of town.
but i love your music.

Lainey said...

Anything by Bob Seger gets me going.

Love Santana, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding....

Oh, and The Midnight Hour, by Wilson Picket.

I'm gettin' all nostalgic!