Episode 035 – 80’s Sing-A-Long Rock Songs (125 BPM+)

Today we’re highlighting the top sing-a-long 80’s rock songs for you to sneak into your set.

Shook Me All Night Long – AC/DC (Ultimix, Jay Vilar)
Living On A Prayer – Bon Jovi (DMS, 2nd Nature, Serafin, Sizzahandz, Spring)
You Give Love A Bad Name – Bon Jovi (Party Bangerz)
Sweet Child Of Mine – Guns N Roses (Nickel, Manik, Discotech)
Your Love – Outfield (Rocktakon, Discotech, Sizzahandz)
Take Me Home Tonight – Eddie Money (Club Headliners, Backdraft, Homicide, JK)
Jessie’s Girl – Rick Springfield (X-mind, Discotech, JD, Spring)
Nothing But A Good Time – Poison (Holla, Nevoc)
Roxanne – Police (Cobra, Nova, Discotech)
Born In The USA – Bruce Springsteen (Farrugio, Discotech)
It’s Tricky – Run DMC (DMS, Funkymix, Trademark)
Rock N Roll Pt. 2 – Gary Glitter (JD)
Fight For Your Right – Beastie Boys (Crystal Rock, Serafin)
Any Way You Want It – Journey (Greg J, Homicide)
Summer Of 69 – Bryan Adams (DMS, Scooter)
We’re Not Gonna Take It – Twisted Sister (DMS, funkymix)
Come On Feel The Noise – Quiet Riot (Funkymix, Kids at the Bar)
Uptown Girl – Billy Joel (Spring)

Check out The Unknown & 2nd Nature who have also remixed a lot of the songs mentioned above and stick close to the original versions.  www.crooklynclan.net

Let us know what your playing.  Leave a comment or email us at remixreport@gmail.com

7 comments

  1. I recently started playing a venue which is an open format/rock bar and Ive been doing alot of transitions between Classic Rock, Alternative/Classics & Top 40 music. You guys pretty much covered alot of the hits on your video. I would strongly recommend DJ GREG J’s redrums and rock edits. Dude has schooled me on rock for many years and his Crooklyn Clan & DMS edits are pretty awesome and usable in a club environment. One track that I find is excellent for transitioning into a rock set from a top40/club set is: Rock-It! Scientists – Last Night (DJ Solarz Break 3.0 Edit). This is a megamix of sorts with a few tracks in it which can help you get into the Classic Rock Jams set. Shots is still a popular track around these parts and Ive been playing DJ Scooter’s Bon Jovi/Shots transition alot, Scratching in the Original SHOTS mix then mixing in Victor Menegaux’s HIT ME WITH YOUR BEST SHOTS Pat Benatar/LMFAO mashup. You can keep the vibe current and spice it up with classic rock flavor and you can choose what direction you go afterwards. I honestly find myself playing more originals and quick hitters with intros. Im not too much a fan of Hype Intros and edits. Just keep the party moving. Great topic. I love classic rock!!

  2. Spring and JD got this down right. I have to say I agree with the older rock music staples winning over newer remix-mash ups. I feel when I would play the older staple remixes, I connected with the crowd on every level,(Especially when the vocal arrangement stayed consistent to the originals) and when those remixes weren’t far off from the originals themselves. You guys touched a bit on something simular on a previous vid about certain remixes that work because they stay true to the original,and at the same time maybe the bridge, breakdown, or chorus changes up a little to give the song that special burst of energy it needs to keep up the energy level in a club set.

    Up until 1999, I never saw remixes like this. I always made remixes usually extremely different, or on the other hand made them x-mix or ultimix style with the intros and outros for Djs, but extreme hype and musical add ons like scratching and such. I mainly remixed like this because I figured if you wanted to hear the original…just listen to the original. That all changed when someone came up to me once and said, I like your remix, but can you play the original later. So from this point on I was aware of my remixing habits, and decided to make 2 remixes of the same song. One mix would always be close to the original with just added hype to it, and the essential usual DJ friendly Intros and outros that werent apparent to the crowd on the dancefloor because they would be mixed in under the outros of the previous songs, and the other was a self indulgent remix or mash-up, or an original production remix that I used very, very, sparingly only for when you know your crowd could handle something different. But even then when making those more extreme remixes, I always stayed aware in not messing around with the flow of the song, again especially when it came to vocals, because we all know, especially in 80s favorites or any catchy tune, when played at the right time, mixed with the right amount of alcohol those song lyrics, especially the hooks, are sang with a passion by the crowds,(just turn the music down in some portions for a brief second, and there all singing like a choir in unison.) I enjoy using my more extreme remixes, and mash-ups for my mixtapes, because I feel so many people listen to so many other DJs mixtapes, that they have a choice. If there feeling in a mood where they want to hear different remixes, they just go to that DJs mixtape that have those remixes on it. In a club, the crowd only has one choice if they are staying in it for the whole night, The DJ at hand, and for that night its the DJ whos making the choices for you.

    Theres nothing better then getting to the riffs or main melodies of 80s rock songs right away, to set the mood of what the crowd is about to here. Those whailing 80s guitar solos and melody riffs are the hype of of that genre for most people, when talking about the originals. Sweet Child O Mine got it right by starting thier song with an all time favorite and most recognized riff at the very beginning of thier song.

    this past saturday I saw Chachi spin, and he thru in a verse of what I believe to be the original Jessies Girl, and all I heard around me was OMG, and saw people literally run to the dancefloor. Also it was played later in the night I believe right before peak time, so it worked.

  3. @Brian – I play 2nd Nature’s version of “Sweet Child O Mine” every week and You can just cold drop it into a set, No mix and everyone always goes insane when that riff hits. Instantly Recognizable, like the Billie Jean bassline. Good stuff.

  4. @Audio1…Yeah, I hear you bro. One thing i learned all these years, like you said in your post, keep the party or club going. I always felt DJs need to keep a healthy balance of energy and mood , all the while knowing what to play from your various mixes of the song you are going to play. I feel even though I have like I said a self indulgence into the world of remixes, Playing straight up originals with a cold rock drop from time to time works. sometimes works even better. If a DJs plays Sweet Child O Mine, waits till the end of the song, fades it out, then fades in Livin On A Prayer, UM, well I think for one you wont be working at that club much longer, and 2 sometimes you just plain lose the energy level of the crowd, especially not trying to combine the two songs. And this can be a touchy subject for veteran rock bar DJs in markets where the crowd is more old school, and all they want to hear is the original versions, and dont care about mixing.

    I wasnt gonna bring this up on here, however Audio 1 got me thinking when referring to playing originals. This story has to do with knowing your going into a DJ gig where all they want for you is to play mostly rock and mixing?…well whats that! I explain for one the balance of how I wanted to intergrate my usual production of live remixing with remixing, but seeing how the club might not be hip to that idea, i had to use my equipment to sort of create that endless nonstop mix, i would not compromise being just a dj who just faded up and down, even though thats all this club wanted…well…For a couple of years I Djed at a more upscale Strip club. Most of the girls were local, and some hailed in from N.Y., however the local girls were used to the hole in the wall joints which only had a jukebox to play theier 3 song sets. At that point I was 2 years into DJing bars and Nightclubs, So I thought I would bring my production skills to this strip club. At first within the first month, not only did girls think it was funky that a strip club had a DJ, they thought, why is he mixing. Not that they didnt like it, however they thought it was odd, seeing all they knew were the jukeboxes in other clubs. I along with other DJs happened to transform that club(at that time) into the hypest after hours spot after the other nightclubs closed. Just by mixing, mostly x mix/ultimix style, songs like nookie with thier ultimix intros were now being mixed with alice n chains man in the box, which at the time I didnt have a intro remix for. Nothing fancy at all, straight originals and the occasional ultimix plus creativity to pull off what I wanted to do. I made big use of the loop button to loop in stuff like ozzy from the original album cds the girls brought to the club. This was in 1998, Instant start, loops and fx were either quite minimal at the time or you had to pay a bit more for these more or less standard features found on todays decks.

    I took the old school bronx block party approach to this. I thought how could i keep the energy level up at a strip club, and not have one gap in songs thru the 12 hour night(yeh its crazy, i djed non stop from 4pm to 4 am). I and the other Djs did it though. Old school turntablists in the late 70’s early 80’s played just the breaks of the same record while scratching in and out of them, to create a non stop instrumental for the rappers to rap over, i just used that same concept using only the loop button to grab either a measure or 2 within the song that was instrumental and have that play over and over. I set up a perfect loop, used that loop as my intro into the song I was mixing out of, then used the cue point i had set to resume the song from its natural beginning. Its like using cue points on serato today, nothing new here, however back then it was more a thrill for us. Each girl danced for three songs, then the next girl went on for three songs, so at the beginning of each song you more or less were putting the next girl on stanby, talking them down off stage, talking the next girl up, all the while while trying to focus on loops and cue points to keep the music non stop. I also was in charge of rotations, which ment the club didnt want all hip hop or all rock girls consecitivly, so the transitions from rock to hip hop to house music was absolutly banannas in that club. Most djs on other nights couldnt keep up, or just didnt want to do all that work, so cause we set the bar so high in making it a production, The girls complained that the other djs didnt do a good job, just playing music and fading it up and down, and having akward quiet moments for seconds at a time. And in a strip club girls dont apprieciate the quitness so much, because it gives the drunk guys reason to scream stuff.

    My point to this, and again sorry for the long haul here, just trying to set up my point so its understood, My point is we did 12 hour sets, so to speak using primarily nothing but original versions of rock and def classic rock staples, creating those on the fly style remixes using nothing but loops and cues to create live remixes. And those loops and cues were only viechles to transport them to the next song. they werent really neccesary to the night, it was just used to extended the song for remixing purposes for the DJ, and the point was not for people to notice any remixing or mixing going on. We just wanted the focus to stay on the original songs being played, one after the other, with minimal effects used on the players to create a bit more hype.. In the movie industry we call that a “mc guffin” something not nessicarily relevant to the plot, however its needed there to transport the storyline along, and is seen in most of the scenes. We also had real true-die hard claasic rock fans that were so anti-remixes, that they were not offended, and actually I would get a couple of hand shakes from them, stating how I kept an even flow of non stop music thru out the night without taking away from the original versions of the song. This was definitly a DJ gig where all originals worked better, rather then any remixes, and just using creativity to tie them all together!

  5. As You, JD and Spring are well aware, Playing remixes of classic rock tunes at Rock venues can be a touchy subject, esp. when Patrons and even management are from that era. Originals are a good way to go, most of the time. The only problem with some originals is that some tend to drag on too much, and thats where edits, redrums and quick hitters come in handy. You have a good version that you can mix in, Has the “MEAT” of the track and mix out of easily. I am glad we are on the subject of classic rock.

  6. @Audio 1, You are 100% absolutly right, and that was my point, I didnt have access to a lot of edits and quick hitters back then, so in comparison to the edits and quick hitters that we as DJs use today, I sort of had to come up with a way to do them using only the originals that I had using the loop buttons, so once i played a verse and a chorus and then wanted to quickly get out of that song, i then hit re-loop again, to get right back out of that song, sort of like an intro outro thing using the originals.

    By the way, to anyone not familiar with JD and Springs style when it comes to literaly “rocking” a mainly top 40 crowd of such, they def know there stuff. I hear JD regularly, and there is never a drop in energy in the overall nights set, but sticking on subject with rock, when those classic 80s or rock songs hit, they know how to work them into there surrounding genres of music they play, and ive never saw JD lose a dancefloor. If you walked into his residency wearing earplugs, and all you saw was a packed dancefloor, you would assume a really big top 40 song was being played, however take the earplugs out and you would find its a classic rock 80s or other classic song. My point here is when you know your classic material, it shows on the dancefloor, ive been in a lot of other posh and not so posh clubs, where the minute a dj drops a classic, the crowd vanishes…DJ creativity and in knowing your in and out points in songs…a big plus

    @Spring, I was at your residency(not saying venue names, cause not sure on privacy matters), and I caught a very little of your set, and you and JD are in the same catagory, as far as knowing your stuff!!! However , I am going to make it a point to catch one of your sets when I can stay longer, now that summers rolling around, Im out more in the club Bar scene….Cheers!!

  7. Its nice to see Dj’s being nice to other Dj’s instead of being conceited or just crappy attitude!!!!! Keep on Keeping on!!!! Really nice Video too!!!!!

    LSDj d-_-b

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