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Car show music

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by lordairgtar, Apr 15, 2011.

  1. lordairgtar
    Joined: Oct 11, 2009
    Posts: 416


    I'm pretty stocked right now. I just picked up another DJ gig for a V-dub show. I only DJ car shows and I would like to know what kind of music you like to hear. Are you one of the "only 50s music at car shows" type or are you a bit more eclectic in tastes. I do believe that the DJ should just provide some music in the background and not over power the show. People like to chat and see old friends at these events and I'm not the center of it. One comment I got from a show participant as to my style was "I never expected to hear Uriah Heep at a show, thanx for that". I like to throw in some rockabilly and old style country like Hank, Cash et al.
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  3. Special Ed
    Joined: Nov 1, 2007
    Posts: 6,562

    Special Ed

    Keep it eclectic. You can't please all the people all the time....mix it up and keep the volume at a tolerable level, and you will be a hit :). good luck...
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  4. monsterflake
    Joined: May 13, 2003
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  5. wizzard23
    Joined: Dec 12, 2009
    Posts: 733


  6. I hear a lot of people comment that they get tired of the same old 50s music.And overpowering the conversations.Personally, I like to hear 80s music and like mentioned above, not so loud ;make it a background sound.
  7. slammed
    Joined: Jun 10, 2004
    Posts: 8,151


    You seemed to already have a handle on variety. Keep it fresh. Really, does '50's cruise night shlock and M0-town NEED to be played ever again?
  8. old me
    Joined: Mar 20, 2011
    Posts: 108

    old me
    from Iowa

    I say mix it up.
    I get very tired of Beach Boys and the 60s stuff even though that was popular when I was a kid.You don't need 60s music to have a car show! At a cruise night a couple of years ago, I heard Surfin USA at least five times-I thought I'd better get out of there before I heard it again and torched the guys sound system.
    Every generation has their own idea of what "oldies" are and maybe the younger crowd would like to hear at least a few of the songs they can relate to.

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  10. joebuick
    Joined: Nov 9, 2007
    Posts: 584


    that's what I thought too...maybe I do have a future as a car show dj
  11. Thorkle Rod
    Joined: May 24, 2006
    Posts: 1,392

    Thorkle Rod

    I hate the load distorted speakers playing Louie Louie so loud that it is I can't hear anyone say anything within 200 feet of the speaker.
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  12. thepolecat
    Joined: Mar 24, 2009
    Posts: 687

    1. S.F.C.C.

    agree, when the 50's stuff overpowers the speakers it really is annoying. I have left some car show because the music was annoyingly loud (not to say I don't like loud music).

    Car songs of all generations are good.
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  13. Pasta
    Joined: Aug 16, 2010
    Posts: 65


    I like late 60's/early 70's and 80's hair bands. Aint no way a DJ up here is ever gonna play 80's metal at a car show, the old farts would have a heart attack, but I would really love to hear Cream, Iron Butterfly, Deep Purple, The Animals, Sly & The Family Stone etc. instead of Earth Angel over & over year after year. Thats why I only stay at a show for a short time, then take the car for a ride and rip some gears before I head home. I can't relax and unwind after work as well when it's parked as I can going down the highway listening to the 440.

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  14. cryobug
    Joined: Jun 6, 2005
    Posts: 362


    I am so Sick of 50's music!!!!!!!!
  15. c-10 simplex
    Joined: Aug 24, 2009
    Posts: 1,330

    c-10 simplex

    i don't think any music should be played at a car show unless live and even then.....

    So no music.
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  16. 90ssp
    Joined: Jan 3, 2009
    Posts: 398

    from dallas, ga

    truthfully the only music I want to hear at a carshow is the rumble of the engines:)
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  17. 61 chevy
    Joined: Apr 11, 2007
    Posts: 891

    61 chevy

    ear spliter loud boomer, anybody 40 or older knows that
  18. Special Ed
    Joined: Nov 1, 2007
    Posts: 6,562

    Special Ed

    yeah...early punk has always been traditional....:rolleyes: just kidding, just kidding :)
  19. blue 49
    Joined: Dec 24, 2006
    Posts: 1,347

    blue 49
    from Iowa

    It's a car show! Ya gotta play "One Piece at a Time" by Johny Cash.
  20. Eight433
    Joined: Mar 16, 2008
    Posts: 257


    clap for the wolfman, you gonna dig him till the day you die! unfortunately I was only 11 when wolfman jack died...

    Don't forget to play queen-I'm in love with my car.
  21. Curly Hand
    Joined: Mar 24, 2009
    Posts: 324

    Curly Hand
    from Tucson

    Surf is always good, as are oldies but if you really want to hit a home run you got to spin some DEADBOLT!
  22. Eight433
    Joined: Mar 16, 2008
    Posts: 257


    I don't like that surfer shit. Rock and roll has been going down hill ever since buddy holly died!
  23. Kustom Kid 53
    Joined: Feb 9, 2011
    Posts: 188

    Kustom Kid 53

    HAHA Agreed!
  24. aircap
    Joined: Mar 10, 2011
    Posts: 1,577


    Preach it, brother!
  25. BCR
    Joined: Dec 11, 2005
    Posts: 1,262


    Another vote for no music. Put a distorted loud speaker blaring she's real fine my 409 .......I am done.
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  26. 4t7flat
    Joined: Apr 15, 2009
    Posts: 266


    I would just as soon not have any music at all. If you must play music it better be 50's-60's. Play one RAP or Hip Hop and I am out of there.
  27. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 28,551


    Amen to that!!! The most tiresome thing at a rod trot or car show is some DJ or Would Be DJ who things the whole event was put on for his benefit and blasts music good or bad all day long so damned loud that you can't can't hear the guy four feet away tell you about his car, engine or what ever. The second most tiresome is the guy who sets his alarm on his phone to tell him that another half hour has passed so he needs to bust off his engine and gun it a dozen times to the redline with open headers because the Bubbas have passed his car by when he doesn't have the loud engine going to draw them over.

    A good band playing in the bandstand over in the corner of the park or fairgounds is cool when you can stroll over and listen to them for a while but not cool when they even drown mr open headers out at two hundred yards. But as they say in Texas, you can either play good or play loud.
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  28. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 19,738

    from Michigan

    No comment!
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  29. 1956Ford
    Joined: Nov 21, 2010
    Posts: 125


    And talk like Wolfman Jack

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