I’ve had people tell me, both on and offline, that I should have been a DJ. Mostly because of my musical knowledge, partly because of the songs that I have collected over the years, and partly because some people think I could rock a party. I have often wondered, whether being a DJ for a party or on a radio station, was in my destiny somewhere along the line. The opportunity never really revealed itself to me, and I never had the equipment to learn how to mix records like many of the DJ’s I would see at bars and nightclubs.
Growing up in the 1980s, DJ’s were beginning to step to the forefront in music. In rap music, DJ’s were “cutting and scratching” on record, and being shouted in rap records all over the place. Also, the DJ was also beginning to mix records at clubs, getting them to flow from one record to another while making dancers happy from coast to coast.
Now I know that dance music exists in just about any era, but to me, the 1980s were full of songs that were made for dancing. One of those that I remember fondly was Indeep’s 1983 hit “Last Night A DJ Saved My Life.”
A singer as great as Mariah Carey has taken a crack at remaking this song, and it’s this version that I like better.
I don’t know that if I were a DJ, that I would save anyone’s life just from the music I’m playing. But I do like the tagline, “there’s not a problem that I can’t fix, ’cause I can do it in the mix.” Maybe one day, I’ll learn how to do just that. As far as Indeep goes, this was their biggest hit, making the R&B top ten in 1983. I can remember this song practically saturating the airwaves back then, and with good reason. That bassline and the rhythm guitar licks just beckoned people to the dance floor.
Enjoy today’s Flashback Friday song, and thanks for listening and reading. I hope your weekend gets off to a fantastic start!