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BitchTapes: Ladydance

Freestyle, house, reggae, electronica... what do the subcategories of dance music have in common? Terrific female artists, for one! Welcome to a '90s-heavy BitchTape for a party, a pre-party, or just an empty office. This mix is on the longer side, but hey, when it comes to dance music, more is more!

 

1. "Ready to Go" by Republica

How could I not like a band that describes themselves as techno-pop punk rock?

2. "Show Me Love" by Robin S.

Not to be confused with the song by Robyn-with-a-Y, this saucy number was recently featured in Fish Tank.

3. "Don't Go" by Le Click

Love that Spanish guitar!

4. "Finally" by CeCe Peniston

From The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert to The L Word, this is a memorable soundtrack tune that stands on its own merit as well.

5. "Sweet Dreams" by La Bouche

When you think of '90s dance-pop music, this might well be the first song in your mind.

6. "When You Think About Me" by One Vo1ce

I grew up listening to this all-Filipina girl group from the Bay Area and still hear club remixes on occasion.

7. "Ooh Aah... Just a Little Bit" by Gina G.

Are you dancing yet?

8. "10 out of 10" by Louchie Lou & Michie One

One of my all-time favorite groups makes counting sexy.

9. "Run Away" by Real McCoy

Really, any song off their Platinum & Gold Collection 1993-97 could have been in this mix.

10. "The Rhythm of the Night" by Corona

It's a town! It's a beer! It's a band!

11. "Can't Get Enough" by Soulsearcher

This is the song that made me think, Maybe I don't hate house music after all.

12. "Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom!!" by Vengaboys

They're so goofy, but it's part of their charm.

13. "Dreamer" by Livin' Joy

Did anyone else do routines to this song in jazz dance classes? No? Just me?

14. "Don't Call Me Baby" by Madison Avenue

"Behind my smile is my IQ."

15. "This is Your Night" by Amber

Amber is perhaps best known for the semi-controversial "Sexual," but my favorite tune from this Aussie's catalogue is her original breakout hit.

16. "More and More" by Captain Hollywood Project

Try to get this chorus out of your head. No, really, try!

17. "When I'm Gone" by Rockell

This came out in my junior high years, and I still remember Girls' Life (because it wasn't GL then) saying Rockell's music was so energetic it made them tired just listening to her. But THAT'S THE BEST PART!

18. "Faster Kill Pussycat" by Oakenfold & Brittany Murphy

Our last track is, amazingly, the only one not recorded in the 1990s. The dearly departed Ms. Murphy shows off her impressive vocal chops.

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Rhythm of the Night gets

Rhythm of the Night gets bonus points for featuring in Claire Denis' critique-of-masculinity movie Beau Travail.

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When all goes right and nothing goes wrong
And isn't your life extremely flat
When you've nothing whatever to grumble at?"

--W.S. Gilber

thanks =}

thanks! brought back some memories--plus i didn't know about louchie lou & michie one. sweet reggae

You're very welcome!

LL&MO have been a favorite of mine for many years. Bums me out that they never caught on in the States. "10 Out of 10" aside, I especially recommend "Body Rock," "Hot Stuff" and their unusual rendition of "Don't Stand So Close to Me."

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Yes! Beau Travail is

Yes! Beau Travail is wonderful. Seriously, cannot recommend it enough, masterpiece, has a surrealist dance sequence to Rhythm of the Night, etc etc.

Well,

something just moved to the top of my to-watch list! Thanks, ash and Laura!

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