Weeknight ’80s Dance Party: Independence Day Edition

What’s happenin’, cool kids? Have you missed ye ole Weeknight ’80s Dance Party? I know it’s been a minute, but I didn’t want a mid-week holiday go by without having given you a slew of fun ’80s tunes to soundtrack your BBQ or fireworks display (don’t blow your arms off, guys — safety first!).

I thought about doing a Dance Mix of entirely patriotic songs, then realized that it would be difficult, as most of the songs I have that talk about “America” or the “U.S.A.” aren’t outwardly patriotic and actually have kind of a biting tone to them (oh, the Reagan ’80s). And then I wanted to do a mix made entirely of American artists, but that was difficult, too, because the majority of my 12″/remix collection is comprised of songs by non-American (mostly British) artists. The mix I ultimately settled on turned out to have sort of a sarcastic tone — at least, I think it does — and is still totally danceable (of course).

Enjoy and have a safe Independence Day! Unless, of course, you are not from the U.S. — then have a safe Wednesday!

Bruce Springsteen – Born in the U.S.A. (The Freedom Mix)
Huey Lewis & the News – Hip to Be Square (Dance Remix)
Hall & Oates – Out of Touch (Extended Version)
New Kids On the Block – You Got It (The Right Stuff) (12″ Version)
Wham! – Freedom (Long Version)
Madonna – Holiday (Dub)
Kid Creole & the Coconuts – I’m a Wonderful Thing, Baby (12″ Mix)
Red Box – For America (Bazooka Mix)
Big Country – In a Big Country (Pure Mix)
Arcadia – Election Day (Fact & Story Mix)
The Jesus & Mary Chain – Surfin’ USA (Summer Mix)
Prince & the Revolution – America (Extended Version)
Janet Jackson – Rhythm Nation (12″ United Mix)
Tina Turner – We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome) (12″ Extended Mix)
Depeche Mode – Everything Counts (In Larger Amounts)

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.