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    Music, Social Media 13 Guaranteed Hits in 80s Rooms

    July 16, 2011 are a bunch of different rooms on for playing and hearing 80s music. The one I’ve been hanging out in lately is I (heart) the 80s, which is usually one of the more active/busy rooms going each day. (And is the main reason for my addiction.)

    What’s interesting is how the crowd changes from day to day, and sometimes even from hour to hour. Sometimes you’ll be in a room and you’ll have a hard rock/metal crowd, while other times it’ll be more of a new wave/Brit crowd. If you’re in the room with a new wave crowd and you bust out Dio or Dokken … well, best of luck. It’s probably not gonna go over too well.

    But one thing I’ve noticed is that there are certain songs that seem to do well and get lots of love no matter what kind of audience is in the room. Here’s my list of 13 songs that always seem to do well in ’80s rooms.

    1. Everybody Wants To Rule The World – Tears for Fears

    2. West End Girls – Pet Shop Boys

    3. In The Air Tonight – Phil Collins

    4. Jump – Van Halen

    5. Wanted Dead Or Alive – Bon Jovi

    6. The Boys Of Summer – Don Henley

    7. Take On Me – A-Ha

    8. Thriller – Michael Jackson

    9. Africa – Toto

    10. Come On, Eileen – Dexy’s Midnight Runners

    11. Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey

    12. Oh Yeah – Yello

    13. Don’t You (Forget About Me) – Simple Minds

    So if you ever find yourself in an 80s room and want to please the crowd, give one of those a try and see what happens.


    My New Addiction:

    June 24, 2011


    That’s me on the DJ table spinning Don Henley’s “The Boys Of Summer” to a room full of happy music lovers. I’m in a room dedicated to 80s songs on, and I’m completely addicted to this site.

    If you love music and social networking, you’ll probably love The DJs take turns playing one song. The crowd votes each song as either “lame” or “awesome” and the DJ gains a point for each “awesome” vote. As you gain points, the DJ gets to change his/her avatar and gains status/reputation amongst other users. (It’s still a very early/limited beta, and additional point-related rewards are sure to be added later.)

    In that photo, I have 577 points and an “evil green cat” avatar; as I type this, I’m closing in on 1,000 points and will upgrade to a gorilla avatar, or maybe the Deadmau5-inspired mouse.

    There’s a big database of songs to choose from and add to your playlist, and you can also upload your own songs if your favorites are missing. (Like, oddly, Def Leppard is missing from the database.) I’ve heard songs on that I loved 25 years ago and haven’t heard since. (Anyone remember “The Promise” by When In Rome?)

    While the songs are playing, there’s also a chat window where you can have fun and talk with anyone else in the room. I’ve actually made friends via this thing — a group of folks that likes to hang out in one of the various 80s rooms that’s open at any given time.

    Crazy, this Internet thing.