Weeknight ’80s Dance Party: 4/4/12

Last year, not long after I started the Weeknight ’80s Dance Party, I created a very lady-centric mix. Since we seem to getting the full brunt of a whole ton of bullshit lately — from folks wanting to control our bodies and make decisions for us to asshole “sitcom” creators telling us we’re not funny — I thought now would be a good time to put up another mix for us girls.

There are so many things I love about the songs in this mix — where to begin? First, I never realized a 7 1/2 minute version of “Two of Hearts” would make me so happy, but it does (my favorite part kicks in right around 6:07). Also, I am going through a bit of an Altered Images phase right now, so I had to include one my favorite songs of theirs. And there is a trio of soundtrack songs in the middle of the mix (their placement right next to each other was unintentional) that fills me with joy, particularly the extended remix of “Invincible.”

Other stray observations:

  • The “Lucky Star” remix should be a staple in any Madge fan’s collection and listening to it will, hopefully, rinse away any bad aftertaste left by the new album.
  • I think I may actually like the remix of “If She Knew What She Wants” better than the album version.
  • Though Wendy & Lisa’s “Waterfall” was originally released in 1987, the remix I’ve included was released in 1989.
  • If you’re not familiar with Alisha, she is the one who brought us this gem.

Alright, it’s time to get your groove on, ladies (and gentlemen who are not assholes towards ladies)!

Bananarama – I Heard a Rumour (Horoscope Mix)
Stacey Q – Two of Hearts (European Mix)
Madonna – Lucky Star (U.S. Remix)
Altered Images – Happy Birthday (Dance Mix)
Alisha – All Night Passion (Extended Dance Mix)
Irene Cara – Fame (Full-Length Version)
Olivia Newton-John – Twist of Fate (Extended Version)
Pat Benatar – Invincible (Extended Remix)
Wendy & Lisa – Waterfall (Psychedelic Teepee Twelve)
The B-52’s – Girl from Ipanema Goes to Greenland (12″ Mix)
Eurythmics – Who’s That Girl? (Remix)
Belinda Carlisle – I Get Weak (12″ Version)
The Bangles – If She Knew What She Wants (Extended Remix)
Fleetwood Mac – Seven Wonders (Extended Remix)
Kate Bush – Cloudbusting (The Organon Mix)

Kelly Stitzel
After shutting down her own blog, Looking at Them, in mid-2008, Kelly migrated over to Popdose, bringing with her Soundtrack Saturday, the most popular column from her old site. Kelly makes a living as a fashion and marketing copywriter, which takes up a lot of her time. However, when she is able to write about things that have nothing to do with her day job, she contributes reviews and musings on music, film and a variety of other topics. In addition to Soundtrack Saturday, columns she's written include Filminism and Pulling Rank.