Latitude 2009

Latitude: Last night: Queen! Blur! Ghostbusters!

Michael Bonner

So it's official, then. The song of choice for nocturnal dancing shenanigans is Queen's "Don't Stop Me Now", which I've heard something like six times at various locations over the last two nights. Last night, it was at the Lake Stage, courtesy of My Ex Boyfriends' Records, and then in the Sunrise Arena, being played by the chaps at Feeling Gloomy. I assume Sean Rowley also played it, over at Guilty Pleasures, but to be honest I didn't make it that far out into the site last night. And anyway, there was a Bugsy Malone theme at Guilty Pleasures, and I clean forgot to bring my spats with me.

5 records played by My Ex Boyfriend's Records DJs between midnight and 1 am:

* Blur, "Girls And Boys"
* R Dean Taylor, "There's A Ghost In My House"
* Ray Parker Jnr, "The Theme From Ghostbusters"
* The Bangles, "Walk Like An Egyptian"
* The Cure, "Lovecats"

It was, you can perhaps conclude from the above list, a li'l bit indie, a li'l bit Eighties' chart pop. In fact, these two strands seem to have provided the predominant musical agenda of the night. Everywhere I go, it's like an Eighties' indie school disco, the New York mix of The Smiths' "This Charming Man" blaring out from speakers at all points between lake and woods, DJs from nights like Feeling Gloomy and Club Fromage (no, really) seeming to have entirely interchangeable sets.

The biggest surprise is that no one plays The Cult's "She Sells Sanctuary", which I thought'd be a shoe-in at this kind of thing.

I guess it's interesting that the demographic for Guilty Pleasures is mid-late thirties, while here in the woods it's a distinctly younger crowd. Nostalgia for the kind of Seventies music Guilty Pleasures play conspicuously doesn't resonate with an early-mid twenties audience.

Anyway, I think it's time to clear my head with a stroll down to the Comedy Arena, for Phill Jupitus And Friends -- who last year included Stoke Newington's favourite irate Liberal, Marcus Brigstocke. Wonder who the guests will be this year...


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