1. The Communards – Don’t Leave Me This Way
When you walk into a room do you want entrance music? Well I do, and right now this is my entrance music. I swear to God when I enter the room, people, all people can see the music in my eyes. Try it – try entering a room with ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way’ playing in your head – just watch the difference. People will look at you. And do you know what they will think? They will think sex! BOOM
2.George Michael -Careless Whisper
Everyone loves George Michael, because George is a musical genius. He’s such an all-rounder. If you listen carefully to the lyrics to this song, you’ll realise how brave he is; opening his heart and letting it all pour out, touching on the most taboo subject while unable to express himself through movement, and above all, excellent use of the saxophone.
People say that he should never of left Wham. Well all I can say is: ‘what was the name of the other guy in Wham’? Best thing he ever did was go out on his own.
3. R.E.M – Everybody Hurts
When the fast-paced life of being a celebrity comes crashing down on me, like the waves on a windy day in Brittas Bay . . . when the attention you get being a star makes you feel small and insignificant, I make a choice to shed some of my pain, some of my shame. I turn on Michael Stipe, I turn on R.E.M. I look in the mirror, I cry, I cry big wet, salty tears, the salt of experience and the water of pain. The pain of a man, a man who knows he can cry.
4. Scatman John – Scatman
I firmly believe in 25 years time, when I am a grandfather or dead (let’s hope there’s a Strutting grandchild – Ed), that this will be the song of a time; the song that influenced a whole generation, the song that set people free, free to not make words, free to scat! “be, bab bab dada do”
5. Haddaway – What is Love?
There is something wrong if this doesn’t make you want to first bounce your head, move your shoulders, then pop your chest, 5, 6, 7, 8 – that’s it, now your getting it, feel it, move it, come on! Yeah baby, you’re game!
The ultimate pick up song on a dance floor, where words don’t exist, all that matters are trusting hips and shape making moves.
The Lords of Strut support Rubberbandits on Saturday night at the Cork Summer Carnival at the Beamish and Crawford site.
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