The "Revived 45s" Party Playlist

The Idea

Some years ago a couple of friends decided to have a join 45th birthday celebration as they would both be hitting that minor landmark within a couple of months of each other.

The idea was hatched to have a party and get all the guests to choose the music playlist by nominating their favourite hit single of all time.

Explanation: For those born in the CD era, in the days when vinyl ruled the airwaves a "single" release was one song pressed onto each side of a 7 inch record that usually had to be played on a turntable at 45 revolutions per minute. Hence "a 45" which gave rise to the over-used radio DJ terminology of "revive(d) 45" meaning an old single dusted off and given a spontaneous airing.

The Reality

So, a themed cake was ordered (see picture), themed t-shirts were designed (see other picture) and nominations were laboriously collected and compiled onto (oh, the irony) a set of CDs for convenience. On the day then, here's what was played:

Artist Title Requested By
Disc One  
1 The Beatles Eleanor Rigby Sarah Starling
2 David Bowie The Laughing Gnome Iris Penfold
3 The Animals House Of The Rising Sun Deborah (Deborah & Andy)
4 Noel Harrison The Windmills Of Your Mind Chris Lewington
5 Kate Bush Running Up That Hill Jeremy
6 Television Little Johnny Jewel Sean (Sean & Jenny)
7 Derek & The Dominoes Layla Caroline
8 The Small Faces Tin Soldier Vernon (Vernon & Seonaid)
9 Wreckless Eric Whole Wide World Shaune Moore
10 Sonic Youth Star Power Jenny (Jenny & Sean)
11 The Zombies Time Of The Season Chris Proud
12 Tubeway Army Are Friends Electric? Russell
13 The Beatles Strawberry Fields Forever Sylvia Warner
14 The Smiths What Difference Does It Make? Steve (Steve & Rachael)
15 The Buzzcocks I Don't Mind Matt Bell
16 Classics IV Spooky Dave Swift
17 The Cure A Forest Tania
18 Curved Air Back Street Luv Jude
19 Motörhead Ace Of Spades Charlie & Fiona
20 The Pogues Fairytale Of New York Ann May
21 Genesis I Know What I Like In Your Wardrobe Caroline (Caroline & Dave)
Disc Two  
1 Black Box Ride On Time Seonaid (Vernon & Seonaid)
2 Blondie Heart Of Glass David Starling
3 Dusty Springfield & The Pet Shop Boys What Have I Done To Deserve This? Rachael (Rachael & Steve)
4 Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me) Laura Stevens
5 The Cure Close To Me (Remix) Alison
6 James Brown Sex Machine Noni
7 Talking Heads Once In A Lifetime Jon
8 Chic Le Freak Anne-Marie
9 B52s Love Shack Ali
10 T-Rex Jeepster Bianca
11 Small Faces Itchicoo Park Steve (Steve & Sarah)
12 Curtis Mayfield Move On Up Dominic
13 Junior & The Allstars Roadrunner Andy (Deborah & Andy)
14 Rod Stewart & The Faces Maggie May Sarah (Sarah & Steve)
15 The Rolling Stones Jumping Jack Flash Jenny & Chris
16 Mud Tiger Feet Kate Starling
17 Suzi Quatro Can The Can Stella Scherbach
18 Tears For Fears Mad World Dean
19 Elvis Costello Oliver's Army Trevor
20 Andy Williams Music To Watch Girls By Mel
21 Ohio Express Yummy Yummy Yummy Sally Green
Disc Three  
1 Love Sculpture Sabre Dance John Kania
2 Julian Cope World Shut Your Mouth Richie & Christine
3 T-Rex 20th Century Boy Nigel
4 Ram Jam Band Black Betty Fiona
5 Nirvana Smells Like Teen Spirit Maddy
6 David Bowie Ashes To Ashes Adrian (Mr. Gator)
7 The Cure Love Cats Lesley Ayling
8 Iggy Pop The Passenger Andy (Andy & Angela)
9 Donna Summer I Feel Love Debbie
10 Hawkwind Silver Machine Dave Jackson
11 Ian Dury & The Blockheads Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll Kevin & Miriam
12 Slade Gudbye T' Jane Pete Bartlett
13 The Jimi Hendrix Experience All Along The Watchtower Chris (Chris & Jenny)
14 Marvin Gaye I Heard It Through The Grapevine Lesley L Green
15 Freda Payne Band Of Gold Sue
16 Isley Brothers Who's That Lady? Marian
17 Rose Royce Car Wash Carl
18 Gloria Gaynor I Will Survive Jacky
And the Birthday Boys' choices:  
  The Beatles I Am The Walrus Roger
  The Only Ones Another Girl, Another Planet Steve

The Lesson

There's no accounting for taste!