Since I've already waxed soppy for Christmas, I'll keep this brief.
I didn't always have New Year's Eve soundtracked in my head. For a long time, it was anything goes as long as it was loud. But then one year, none of that mattered anymore. It became, anything goes, as long as it wasn't loud. Since then, that soundtrack has been mostly the same. These songs represent that vibe, that soundtrack. This is what New Year's Eve has sounded like to me for many years now.
I have an opening act and a headliner. The latter is to be played when the party is over, when it's quiet and maybe you've had one too many...or possibly one too few. Think of those scenes in Tony's after hours joint in "Mean Streets." I've borrowed a few tunes and a few vibes from those scenes. I am quite sure I've shared variants of these mixes before. These are the 2020 versions. The vibe seems to remain the same.
I hope you enjoy the music half as much as I enjoyed putting it all together.
Peace & love to you all.
Health & happiness.
Something's gotta give, no? We're waiting...
There are Spotify playlists, as well, for those who prefer to stream. They differ slightly because...Spotify.
Happy New Year. See you on the other side.
WAITING FOR THE BALL TO DROP
Get Down With It- Little Richard
Long Tall Sally- The Beatles
Bread & Butter- The Newbeats
Heaven & Hell- The Easybeats
The Baby Sitter- Betty Wright
Non Support- Ironing Board Sam
Trick Or Treat- Otis Redding
Do I Make Myself Clear- Etta James & Sugar Pie DeSanto
A Knife & A Fork- Kip Anderson
Honky Tonk- Bobby "Blue" Bland
I'm Your Bread Maker- Slim Harpo
Mini-Skirt Minnie- Wilson Pickett
Surprise Surprise- Rolling Stones
Club Nitty Gritty- Chuck Berry
Free Salute- Little Barrie
Uptown- The Chambers Brothers
Tell Me What's On Your Mind- Cyril Neville
If Sugar Was As Sweet As You- Joe Tex
X-Temporaneous Boogie- Camille Howard
Tin Tin Deo- James Moody
Day Dreaming- Bernard "Pretty" Purdie
WPLJ- The Four Deuces
Ice Cream Man- John Brim
Joy- Lucinda Williams
(What's So Funny 'Bout) PLU- Elvis Costello
AFTER THE BALL DROPS
I Only Have Eyes For You- The Flamingos
Crying In The Chapel- The Orioles
Sally Go Round The Roses- The Jaynettes
Look In My Eyes- The Chantels
The Gypsy- The Ink Spots
Tears On My Pillow- Little Anthony & The Imperials
Bad Boy- The Jive Bombers
I Need You- The Wailers
I Sold My Heart To The Junkman- The Starlets
Don't Ask Me To Be Lonely- The Dubs
Trickle Trickle- The Videos
You- The Aquatones
Wino Blues- Floyd Dixon
A Casual Look- The Six Teens
A Sunday Kind Of Love- The Harptones
You'll Lose A Good Thing- Barbara Lynn
Angel Baby- Rosie & The Originals
Since I Fell For You- Lenny Welch
Moody's Mood For Love- King Pleasure
My One & Only Love- Grant Green
Ruler Of My Heart- Irma Thomas
I Walk In My Sleep- Berna-Dean
Since I Don't Have You- The Skyliners
Angel Eyes- James Booker
One For My Baby- Frank Sinatra